115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

1/2 September 1942

Wellington Mk III - BJ893 KO-C

T/O Marham 2329 - target Saarbrücken, Germany.

Shot down and crashed 8 miles of Sedan at Flize, France.

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

231 aircraft of 5 types were despatched.

The Pathfinders Illuminated and marked a town which they believed to be Saarbrücken and the main force bombed that place vigorously. A total of 205 aircraft claimed good bombing results. But the town bombed was Saarlouis, 13 miles to the north-west and situated in a similar bend of the River Saar. The small, non-industrial town of Saarlouis and the villages surrounding were heavily damaged. The extact extent of this damage was not recorded but 52 civilians were killed. The report from Saarlouis adds that the number of deaths would have been much higher if many people had not been able to take shelter in the unoccopied concrete positions of the Westwall, the Siegfried Line, wich ran round Saarlouis. The report also says that this community was 'enraged' to be bomb so heavely. No bombs fell in Saarbrücken.

4 Aircraft - 1 Halifax, 1 Lancaster, 1 Stirling and 1 Wellington was lost.

Source: The Heavy Bomber Offensive of WWII by Martin Bowman. / The Bomber Command War Diaries: An Operational Reference Book by Chris Everitt,Martin Middlebrook.

Shires Reginald Albert Shires Reginald Albert - Pilot

P/O - Service No J/7532

Age: 26

RCAF

Son of Horace and Harriett Ann Shires, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Choloy War Cemetery (Meurthe-et-Moselle) - Coll. grave 3. E. 8-13.

Source: CWGC. - Photo: Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Ross Leslie Jack Willis Ross Leslie Jack Willis - 2nd Pilot

F/S - Service No R/95429

Age: 22

RCAF

Son of Richard Rose Ross and Elizabeth Hazel Ross, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Four sisters and two brothers.

Choloy War Cemetery (Meurthe-et-Moselle) - Coll. grave 3. E. 8-13.

Source: CWGC - photo and more info findagrave.com for Operation:PictureMe

Rosekilly Laurence Rosekilly Laurence - Observer

Warrant Officer - Service No 550591

Age: 24

RAF

Son of William and Margaret Rosekilly, of Seaburn, Sunderland, Co. Durham.

Choloy War Cemetery (Meurthe-et-Moselle) - Coll. grave 3. E. 8-13.

Source: CWGC.

Tucker Richard Albert George Tucker Richard Albert George - WOP

P/O - Service No 114979

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Choloy War Cemetery (Meurthe-et-Moselle) - Coll. grave 3. E. 8-13.

Source: CWGC.

Orr James Samuel Orr James Samuel - Air Obs.

F/S - Service No R/98836

Age: 21

RCAF

Son of Andrew and Frances Orr, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Husband of Gwendolyn Cash of Linconshire, England.

Choloy War Cemetery (Meurthe-et-Moselle) - Coll. grave 3. E. 8-13.

Source: CWGC. - Photo: Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

Thornley Robert Edward Thornley Robert Edward - RG.

P/O - Service No 111484

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Robert Frank and Constance Mary Thornley, of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

Choloy War Cemetery (Meurthe-et-Moselle) - Coll. grave 3. E. 8-13.

Source: CWGC.