1940 - 1945
13/14 February 1943
Wellington Mk III - BK166 KO-C
|T/O East Wretham 1726 - target Lorient.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
466 aircraft - 164 Lancasters, 140 Wellingtons, 96 Halifaxes, 66 Stirlings - carried out Bomber Command's heaviest attack on Lorient during the war. The ordinary squadrons of Bomber Command, not reinforced for a 1,000-bomber type raid, dropped more than 1,000 tons of bombs on a target for the first time. The raid was carried out in clear visibility and considerable further damage was caused to the already battered town of Lorient.
7 aircraft - 3 Wellingtons, 2 Lancasters, 1 Halifax, 1 Stirling - were lost, 1.5 per cent of the force.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary February 1943.
|Rait Thomas Gilmour - Pilot
Sgt - Service No 1341342
Son of George Walker Rait and Edith Irvine Rait, of St. Pancras, London.
Guidel Communal Cemetery, Departement Morbihan, France - grave 5.10.
|Rose Desmond James - Observer
P/O - Service No 124400
Son of James Leo and Winifred Edith Rose, of Branksome, Dorsetshire.
Guidel Communal Cemetery, Departement Morbihan, France - grave 5.9.
|Hooper L. - WOP
Sgt - Service No 1312120
Age: - POW No 1152 Stalag 357
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honur by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
|Currie William Matthew - BA
F/O - Service No J22532
Son of Matthew and Agnes Currie, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Guidel Communal Cemetery, Departement Morbihan, France - grave 5.8.
|Gray Sidney John - RG
Sgt - Service No 1263851
Son of William Henry and Amelia Gray, of Walthamstow, Essex.
Guidel Communal Cemetery, Departement Morbihan, France - grave 5.7.