115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

Mission list

F/O Sweeney and crew

Crew,
F/O Sweeney Alfred Edward
F/O Isaac - Ops.
F/Sgt Unstead
Sgt Ingram "Shorty"
Sgt Goff
F/Sgt Richard - RCAF
Sgt Watts
Date: 20/04/1944 Lancaster II Nr.: W781 Mission 1 : Cologne
(With P/O Treasure) 357 Lancasters and 22 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3, 6 and 8 Groups. 4 Lancasters lost.
This concentrated attack fell into areas of Cologne which were north and west of the city centre and partly industrial in nature. 192 industrial premises suffered various degrees of damage, together with 725 buildings described as 'dwelling-houses with commercial premises attached'. 7 railway stations or yards were also severely damaged.

Lancaster Mk II - DS728 KO-T was lost - 2 KIA - 5 POW

Date: 22/04/1944 Lancaster II Nr.: C Mission 2 : Dusseldorf
(With SLdr Grant) 596 aircraft - 323 Lancasters, 254 Halifaxes, 19 Mosquitos - of all groups except No 5. 29 aircraft - 16 Halifaxes and 13 Lancasters - lost, 4.9 percent of the force. 2,150 tons of bombs were dropped in this old-style heavy attack on a German city which caused much destruction but also allowed the German night-fighter force to penetrate the bomber stream. The attack fell mostly in the northern districts of Düsseldorf. Widespread damage was caused.

Lancaster Mk III - ND753 KO-K was lost - 7 KIA

Date: 1/05/1944 Lancaster III Nr.: C761 Mission 3 : Chambly
120 aircraft - 96 Lancasters, 16 Stirlings, 8 Mosquitos - of Nos 3 and 8 Groups. 3 Lancasters and 2 Stirlings lost. Chambly, to the north of Paris was the main railway stores and repair depot for the Northern French system which the Allied bombers were trying to put out of action. The local report (provided by the office of the present Chief Engineer at Chambly) shows that the raid was extremely successful. Approximately 500 high-explosive bombs fell inside the railway depot area and serious damage was caused to all departments. The depot was completely out of action for 10 days.
Date: 7/05/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: F547 Mission 4 : Nantes
93 Lancasters and 6 Mosquitos of 3 and 8 Groups to bomb the airfield at Nantes. 1 Lancaster lost. Accurate bombing hit runways and hangars.
Date: 9/05/1944 Lancaster II Nr.: F Mission 5 : Cap Gris Nez
30 Lancasters of No 3 Group and 8 Pathfinder Mosquitos located a gun position at Cap Griz Nez but no hits were scored. No aircraft lost.
Date: 19/05/1944 Lancaster III Nr.: E533 Mission 6 : Le Mans
112 Lancasters and 4 Mosquitos of Nos 3 and 8 Groups. The majority of the bombs hit the railway yards and caused serious damage. The local report says that the locomotive sheds were destroyed, an ammunition train (or some ammunition wagons) blew up, 2 main lines were destroyed and all other lines blocked because overhead power lines were brought down across the tracks.
Unfortunately the Lancasters of the Master Bomber and his deputy collided over the target and crashed. The Master Bomber was a brilliant young New Zealander, Wing Commander J. F. Barron, DSO and Bar, DFC, DFM, and the Deputy Master Bomber was Squadron Leader J. M. Dennis, DSO, DFC. They were both killed; both were from No 7 Squadron. 1 other Lancaster was lost.

Lancaster Mk I - HK547 A4-F was lost - 8 KIA

Date: 21/05/1944 Lancaster III Nr.: E533 Mission 7 : Duisburg
510 Lancasters and 22 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3, 5 and 8 Groups carried out the first large raid on Duisburg for a year. 29 Lancasters were lost, 5.5 per cent of the force. The target was covered by cloud but the Oboe skymarking was accurate and much damage was caused in the southern areas of the city.

Lancaster Mk III - ND754 KO-F was lost - 7 KIA - 1 POW

Date: 22/05/1944 Lancaster III Nr.: E533 Mission 8 : Dortmund
361 Lancasters and 14 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3, 6 and 8 Groups carried out the first large raid on Dortmund for a year. 18 Lancasters were lost, 4.8 per cent of the force. The attack fell mainly in the south-eastern districts of Dortmund, mostly in residential areas.

Lancaster Mk III - ND745 A4-D was lost - 4 KIA - 3 POW

Date: 2/06/1944 Lancaster III Nr.: A758 Mission 9 : Wissant
271 aircraft - 136 Lancasters, 119 Halifaxes, 16 Mosquitos - attacked 4 coastal gun positions with the loss of 1 Lancaster. In only 1 raid was the bombing accurate but this was not too serious because these raids were part of the invasion deception plan. None of the targets were in the Normandy area; all were on the Pas de Calais coast.
Date: 5/06/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 10 : Ouistreham
D Day Operations 1,012 aircraft - 551 Lancasters, 412 Halifaxes, 49 Mosquitos - to bomb coastal batteries at Fontenay, Houlgate, La Pernelle, Longues, Maisy, Merville, Mont Fleury, Pointe du Hoc, Ouisterham and St Martin de Varreville.
946 aircraft carried out their bombing tasks. 3 aircraft were lost - 2 Halifaxes of No 4 Group on the Mont Fleury raid and 1 Lancaster of No 6 Group on the Longues raid. Only two of the targets - La Pernelle and Ouisterham - were free of cloud; all other bombing was entirely based on Oboe marking. At least 5,000 tons of bombs were dropped, the greatest tonnage in one night so far in the war.
Date: 6/06/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 11 : Lisieux
1,065 aircraft - 589 Lancasters, 418 Halifaxes, 58 Mosquitos - to bomb railway and road centres on the lines of communication behind the Normandy battle area. All of the targets were in or near French towns. 3,488 tons of bombs were dropped on targets at Achères, Argentan, Caen, Châteaudun, Conde sur Noireau, Coutances, St Lô, Lisieux and Vire. Every effort was made to bomb accurately but casualties to the French civilians were inevitable. Cloud affected the accuracy of the bombing at many of the targets and, at Achères, the Master Bomber ordered the raid to be abandoned because of cloud and no bombs were dropped.
10 Lancasters and 1 Halifax were lost in these raids; 6 of the Lancasters were lost in the No 5 Group raid at Caen, where the main force of bombers had to wait for the target to be properly marked and then fly over an area full of German units and guns at bombing heights below 3,000ft. Some details are available of the effects of the bombing. At Argentan, Châteaudun and Lisieux, much damage was done to railways, although the towns, Lisieux in particular, were hit by many bombs. Important bridges at Coutances were badly damaged and the town centres of Caen, Conde sur Noireau, St-Lô and Vire were all badly bombed and most of the roads through those towns were blocked.

Lancaster Mk III - LM533 KO-T - lost without a trace - 7 KIA

Date: 10/06/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: Y Mission 12 : Dreux
432 aircraft - 323 Lancasters, 90 Halifaxes, 19 Mosquitos - attacked railway targets at Achères, Dreux, Orléans and Versailles. All targets were believed to have been hit but few further details are available. 15 Lancasters and 3 Halifaxes lost.
Date: 11/06/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 13 : Nantes
329 aircraft - 225 Lancasters, 86 Halifaxes, 18 Mosquitos - of Nos 1, 3, 4 and 8 Groups attacked railway targets at Évreux, Massey Palaiseau, Nantes and Tours. All of the raids appeared to be successful. 3 Lancasters and 1 Halifax - 1 aircraft from each raid - were lost.
Date: 14/06/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 14 : Le havre
221 Lancasters and 13 Mosquitos of No 1, 3, 5 and 8 Groups carried out Bomber Command's first daylight raid since the departure of No 2 Group at the end of May 1943. The objectives were the fast German motor-torpedo boats (E-boats) and other light naval forces harboured at Le Havre which were threatening Allied shipping off the Normandy beaches only 30 miles away.
The raid took place in 2 waves, one during the evening and the second at dusk. Most of the aircraft in the first wave were from No 1 Group and in the second wave from No 3 Group. Pathfinder aircraft provided marking by their normal methods for both raids. No unexpected difficulties were encountered; the naval port area was accurately bombed by both waves with 1,230 tons of bombs and few E-boats remained undamaged.
No 617 Squadron sent 22 Lancasters, each loaded with a 12,000lb Tallboy bomb, and 3 Mosquito marker aircraft to attack the concrete covered E-boat pens just before the first wave bombed. Several hits were scored on the pens and one bomb penetrated the roof.
This raid was regarded as an experiment by Sir Arthur Harris, who was still reluctant to risk his squadrons to the dangers of daylight operations but both waves of the attack were escorted by Spitfires of 1No 1 Group and only 1 Lancaster was lost.
Date: 15/06/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 15 : Valenciennes
224 aircraft - 184 Lancasters, 30 Stirlings, 10 Mosquitos - of Nos 3 and 8 Groups attacked railway yards at Lens and Valenciennes. The raids took place in clear visibility and both targets were accurately bombed. 6 Lancasters were lost from the Lens raid and 5 Lancasters from Valenciennes.

Lancaster Mk I - HK550 KO-Y was lost - 5 KIA - 2 evaded

Date: 17/06/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 16 : Montdidier
317 aircraft - 196 Lancasters, 90 Halifaxes, 19 Mosquitos, 12 Stirlings - of Nos 1, 3, 4 and 8 Groups attacked railway targets at Aulnoye, Montdidier and St Martin l'Hortier. 1 Lancaster was lost on the Montdidier raid. All targets were covered by cloud and the Master Bombers at Aulnoye and Montdidier ordered their forces to stop bombing after only 7 and 12 aircraft had bombed respectively. 87 aircraft of No 4 Group bombed their target at St Martin l'Hortier but no results were seen.

Lancaster Mk I - HK559 A4-H was lost - 7 KIA

Date: 21/06/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 17 : Domléger
322 aircraft - 165 Halifaxes, 142 Lancasters, 15 Mosquitos - 3, 6 and 8 Groups attacked 3 flying bomb sites. Because of cloud, 2 of the raids were abandoned after only 17 aircraft had bombed; the third target, at St Martin l'Hortier, was bombed through 10/10ths cloud. No aircraft lost.
Date: 23/06/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 18 : L'Hey
412 aircraft - 226 Lancasters, 164 Halifaxes, 22 Mosquitos - of Nos 3, 4, 6 and 8 Groups attacked 4 flying-bomb sites, which were all hit. 5 Lancasters lost.
Date: 27/06/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 19 : Biennais
To supply the V-1 flying bomb launch sites in the Calais region, construction began on several storage depots in August 1943. Sites at Biennais, Oisemont Neuville-au-Bois, and Saint-Martin-l'Hortier were not completed.
An RCAF Halifax pilot's logbook describes the target of his raids on "flying-bomb sites" on July 1, 4, and 5, 1944, as "Biennais #1", "Biennais #2," and "Biennais #3". This suggests that these storage sites were perhaps not completed because they were destroyed prior to completion. (wikipedia)
Date: 2/07/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 20 : Beauvoir
374 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3 and 8 Groups attacked 3 V-weapons sites. Cloud affected all of the raids but good concentrations of bombs were believed to have been dropped at all targets. No aircraft lost.
Date: 5/07/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 21 : Watten
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Date: 7/07/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 22 : Vaires (Paris)
Hit by Flak 123 Lancasters and 5 Mosquitos of Nos 1 and 8 Groups carried out an accurate raid on the railway yards at Vaires without the loss of any aircraft.
Date: 12/07/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: F Mission 23 : Vaires
153 Lancasters and 6 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3 and 8 Groups to attack the important railway yards at Vaires on the outskirts of Paris; the target area was covered by cloud and the Master Bomber ordered the attack to be abandoned after 2 Mosquitos had marked and 12 Lancasters had bombed. No aircraft lost.
Date: 17/07/1944 Lancaster III Nr.: M913 Mission 24 : Vaires (recalled)
Date: 25/07/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 25 : Stuttgart (Returned early Icing)
412 Lancasters and 138 Halifaxes to continue the attack on Stuttgart. 8 Lancasters and 4 Halifaxes lost, 2.2 per cent of the force.
Date: 30/07/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 26 : Amaye Sur Seulles
692 aircraft - 462 Lancasters, 200 Halifaxes, 30 Mosquitos - were sent to bomb 6 German positions in front of a mainly American ground attack in the Villers Bocage Caumont area. The presence of cloud caused many difficulties and only 377 aircraft were able to bomb, on to Oboe markers, and only 2 of the 6 targets were effectively hit. 4 Lancasters lost.

Lancaster Mk III - PB130 KO-A was lost - 7 KIA

Date: 1/08/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 27 : Coulonvilliers
777 aircraft - 385 Lancasters, 324 Halifaxes, 67 Mosquitos, 1 Lightning - to attack numerous V-weapon targets but only 79 aircraft were able to bomb; Bomber Command records do not state why the remaining sorties were abortive but poor weather conditions were the probable cause. No aircraft lost.
Date: 4/08/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 28 : Bec d'Ambres
288 Lancasters of Nos 1, 3 and 8 Groups attacked Bec-d'Ambes and Pauillac oil stores in clear conditions and without loss. 27 Serrate Mosquitos were used as escorts to the bombers attacking these 2 targets; this was the first use of No 100 Group Mosquito fighters in this way. They did not encounter any German fighters.
Date: 5/08/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 29 : Bordeaux
306 Lancasters of Nos 1, 3 and 8 Groups attacked oil storage targets on the River Gironde at Blaye, Bordeaux and Pauillac with excellent results. 1 Lancaster was lost from the Pauillac raid. 30 Mosquitos of No 100 Group escorted these forces without loss.
Date: 8/08/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 30 : Forêt De Lucheux
Petrol Depot. 170 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3 and 8 Groups attacked depots and storage dumps at Aire sur Lys and the Forêt de Lucheux. Both raids were successful. 1 Lancaster lost from the Forêt de Lucheux raid.

Lancaster Mk I - LM166 KO-Y was lost (collided with another aircraft) - 3 KIA - 4 evaded

Date: 11/08/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: E551 Mission 31 : Lens
459 aircraft - 270 Lancasters, 169 Halifaxes, 20 Mosquitos - of Nos 1, 3, 4 and 8 Groups attacked 3 railway yards and 1 bridge. Forces of between 133 and 142 aircraft attacked Douai, Lens and Somain; the bombing at these targets started well but ground features rapidly became covered by smoke and dust. 1 Halifax lost on the Somain raid. 49 aircraft attacked the Étaples railway bridge without loss and claimed direct hits on the bridge.
Date: 12/08/1944 Lancaster I Nr.: D803 Mission 32 : Brunswick
242 Lancasters and 137 Halifaxes. 17 Lancasters and 10 Halifaxes lost, 7.1 per cent of the force. 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.

Lancaster Mk III - ND927 KO-B was lost - 6 KIA - 1 POW
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Lancaster Mk III - PB127 KO-T - 6 KIA - 1 POW