115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

7/8 September 1941

Wellington Mk IC - R1798 - KO-B

T/O Marham 2023. Target: Berlin, Germany.

The heaviest raid on Berlin to date was flown during the night of the 7th/8th when 197 aircraft (Wellingtons, Hampdens, Whitleys, Stirlings, Halifaxes and Manchesters) attacked the German capital. Fifteen aircraft were lost.

Shot down by Oblt Helmut Lent 4./NJG1. Crashed at 0458 at Drachstercompagnie, Friesland, Netherlands - 4 km NE of Drachten, Holland. Graves tracesofwar.com

Also Wellington Mk IC R1772 KO-M was lost on this mission. Target Kiel, Germany.

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

Gordon Ian Patrick McHaffie - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1052297

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of Roger Samuel McHaffie Gordon, and of Anne Strother McHaffie Gordon, of Nairnside, Inverness-shire.

Smallingerland Protestant Churchyard, Drachstercompagnie - Grave 1

Source: CWGC

Keating John Gerald O'Hara - 2nd Pilot

F/S - Service No R/56146

Age: 19

RCAF

Son of Herbert John and Mary Frances O'Hara Keating, of Three Rivers. Province of Quebec, Canada.

Smallingerland Protestant Churchyard, Drachstercompagnie - Grave 4

Source: CWGC

Cox Roy Le Masurier - Observer

P/O - Service No 68752

Age: 21

RAF

Son of Harry Roy and Marie Lucille Cox, of Bebington, Cheshire.

Smallingerland Protestant Churchyard, Drachstercompagnie - Grave 5

Source: CWGC

Cook George Alfred - W.Op.

Sgt - Service No 988368

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Ralph Peacock Cook and Emily Cook, of West Hartlepool, Co. Durham. Schoolmaster.

Smallingerland Protestant Churchyard, Drachstercompagnie - Grave 2

Source: GWGC

Selley John Gordon - W.Op./Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 932198

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of John and Helen Selley, of Tottenham, Middlesex.

Smallingerland Protestant Churchyard, Drachstercompagnie - Grave 3

Source: CWGC

Baty Frederick Alphonsus Baty Frederick Alphonsus - RG

Sgt - Service No 401720

Age:30

RNZAF

Son of Isaac and Elizabeth May Baty, of Gore, Southland, New Zealand.

Smallingerland Protestant Churchyard, Drachstercompagnie - Grave 6

Source: CWGC - Photo: Auckland Museum, Weekly News