115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

12/13 August 1944

Lancaster Mk III - PB127 KO-T

T/O Witchford 2151 - target Brunswick, Germany.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk III ND927 KO-B, 6 KIA, 1 POW.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.

242 Lancasters and 137 Halifaxes.

This was an experimental raid. No Pathfinder aircraft took part and there was no marking. The intention was to discover how successfully a force of aircraft could carry out a raid with each crew bombing on the indications of its own H2S set. The raid was not successful and there was no concentration of bombing. The Brunswick report calls it a 'heavy raid' but only states that bombs fell in the central and Stadtpark areas. Other towns, up to 20 miles distant, were mistaken for Brunswick and were also bombed.

17 Lancasters and 10 Halifaxes lost, 7.1 per cent of the force.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary August 1944.

Belbyea D. G. Belyea D. G. - Pilot

F/L - Service No 41655

Age: - POW No

RAF

Son of

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan

Ginn Raymond Henry Ginn Raymond Henry - FE

Sgt - Service No 1895342

Age: 37

RAFVR

Son of Arthur and Alice Mary Ginn, of Greenford, Middlesex.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 17. B. 14.

Source: CWGC.

Hickling Alan William Hickling Alan William - Nav

F/O - Service No 153282

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of William Thomas Hickling and Constance Ida Hickling.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - collective grave 17. C. 8-10.

Source: CWGC.

Gutteridge Don Gutteridge Don - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1600730

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Leonard and Agnes Annie Gutteridge, of Kingsbury, Middlesex.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - collective grave 17. C. 8-10.

Source: CWGC.

Blandford Gerald Edward Blandford Gerald Edward - BA

F/O - Service No 153468

Age: 28

RAFVR

Son of William Lionel and Grace Emma Blandford, of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - collective grave 17. C. 8-10.

Source: CWGC.

Mardling Dennis Charles Mardling Dennis Charles - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1874914

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Rheinberg War Cemetery - collective grave 17. C. 8-10.

Source: CWGC.

Mattles Frederick A. Galvin Leo Patrick - RG

P/O - Service No J89872

Age: 20

RCAF

Son of Raymond Leo Galvin, and of Ray Dodson Galvin, of Burdett, Alberta. Canada.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - collective grave 17. C. 8-10.

Source: CWGC.