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Despite the elements
115 SquadronWelcome on the website of the Friends of 115 Squadron, Belgium

Our aim as a small group of local amateur historians:

History – We wish to search and pass historical information, to try to link up to the future in a digital area, that way preserving and applying new found data in an effort to complied history’s unspoken answers.

Respect – We cannot pay more tribute to them who have fallen, than to pay respect for them. In our research, we always respect the family's wishes and also the privacy of those who are left behind.

Remembrance - We wish to ensure that the people who fell, military and civilian are never forgotten. There for, each year, we lay a wreath at the monument of a crashed Lancaster.

Education – We support initiatives as; school projects and private quests, enabling us to understand the reasons for the freedom we have today and look to the future in a positive manner.

Future generations must be reminded of what happened in WWII so that they never forget that their freedom was gained by acts and sacrifices of these men and women in history.

Members, Geert Bourguignon, Bram Dermout, Filip Doms, Dan Jonckers, Erwin Sollie (+), Danny Van Den Broeck, Dirk Vermeulen.

Roll of Honour
and Aircraft losses.

1940 - 1941 - 1942 - 1943 1944/45/46
Cope Jack Edward,
evade from

Belgium to Gibraltar
Old newsletters. The Tiller
The story of
"The Y's 'Owells"

Family Howell donating the
Y's 'Owells Emblem to the
RAF Witchford Display of Memorobilia.
TV reportage & slideshows.
Newspaper clips/photos 2019

27 April - Presentation of the book "Despite the Elements" written by Bram Dermout.
photos from Bob Lams FaceBook

28 April - HLN - Remembrance Lancaster DS734, Sint-Katelijne-Waver.

28 April - photos from Bob Lams FaceBook

Bookshelf (13)
Interviews, audio recordings.
In memorian.
Just Jane
The Lincolnshire Lancaster Ass.The Lincolnshire Lancaster Association
International bomber command centre
Bram Dermout
Aircrew Remembered
Bruce Jonhston
115 Squadron
P/O Cagienard Robert Roland
Pilot. serv. no. 174879
°1920 - +1944
via Fam. Jean & Alan Duke
Sgt. Eldrett F.
Fl. Eng. serv. no. 1397252
via Mellissa Shepherd.
W/O 2. Davison Ray
Rear Gunner serv. no. 2200204
via Davison Lian.
P/O. Mills James - DFC.
Pilot serv. no. 43016
via Woods Ashley.
F/O. Snyder John L.
Pilot serv. no. J-36626 RCAF.
via Hofeldt Tiffany.
Sgt. Base Raymond V.
Fl. Eng. serv. no. 3010920.
via Base Roxy.
LOGBOOK (large file)
Sgt. Leatherdale Frank.
Navigator serv. no. 151162.
via Family Leatherdale.
115 SquadronAll info and photos relating 115 Sqn are welcome, mail them to friends115squadron@gmail.com ,
the team thanks you for your effort.

<-- Our photobook.

115 SQUADRON - R.A.F. Operations Record Book - 1939-1945.

These pages including the Summary of Events (the daily notes),
and Details of sortie or flight (the mission's details, and the crewmembers).
This is a major task and will take months of work.
The plan in the future is to connect a search module.

May 2nd 2023.

Dear Sirs,

I am writing to you after noticing an error on your Web site concerning Squadron 115 Wellington Mk III – X3593 – KO-C ;
you state that the aircraft crashed in Bièvres which is incorrect :

The Île-de-France Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association has participated in the ceremony commemorating the lives of the
crew members of Squadron 115 Wellington Mk III – X3593 – KO-C and Squadron 57 Wellington Mk III – X3640 -DX since the
creation of our branch in 1946.

The crash resulted from a mid-air collision of these aircraft on 29th of April 1942 over the town of Maisons-Laffitte, France.
It is thought that X3640 was hit by flak and then collided with X3593.

Both aircraft fell in the area known as the "Parc de Maisons-Laffitte" and the debris was spread in 3 or 4 areas – see the map attached. Crash Site Location.pdf

The bodies of the crew of X3640 were severely charred but those of X3593 were intact.
All were collected by the personnel of the German HQ, which was also in the Park, and were laid out on the ground before being
transferred for burial to Bièvres.
On the 2nd of May the residents in the Park placed two small flags, one French and one British, at each spot where a body was found and laid a bouquet of branches of Lilac bearing a tri-colour ribbon.

The ceremony always takes place at the monument in Avenue Eglé, situated nearby the crash site in the Park, on the last Sunday of April each year and is organised by the Mayor of the town, currently Jacques MYARD.

He usually makes a very moving speech recalling the history of the laying of the bouquets of lilac.

The monument unfortunately bears an error in the inscription, as it cites 157 Squadron instead of 57 Squadron.

The monument was modified later to commemorate the crew of an American B-26 Marauder 42-96127 of the USAAF that crashed in the Park on the 24th of June 1944, a short distance away in Avenue La Fontaine.

I have attached some photos showing the monument, taken last Sunday after the ceremony.

Kind regards,

Michael CLOSE – RAFA Île-de-France Events Organiser.

wellington x3593Wellington x3593

Following mail was sent by Klaas Visser, from the Netherlands,

Vorige woensdag is er een nabestaande overgekomen met haar man om een bezoek te brengen
aan het graf op de begraafplaats van Winkel. Zij is een achternicht van Donald Larkman, van het 115 Squadron,
k.i.a 17-11-40.
In een korte ceremonie werd door de burgemeester enz. stilgestaan bij deze gebeurtenis.

Met vrgr.
Klaas Visser.

Last Wednesday, a relative came over with her husband to visit the grave at the cemetery of Winkel.
She is a grandniece of Donald Larkman, of the 115 Squadron, k.i.a 17-11-40.
In a short ceremony, the mayor etc. reflected on this event.

Klaas Visser.

Sgt. Larkman Donald - Pilot, and his crew lost their lives 16/17 November 1940 during a mission on Hamburg.

115 Squadron lost 4 Wellington's that night.

Dear Sir,
Please see the announcement about Pilot P/O. Frank Norman PLUM, RAFVR,
a pilot who served with 115 Squadron; and later with 692 Squadron in No 8 Group.

Yours faithfully,
Norman Wells.

Plum Frank Norman, DFC and Bar - 12.03.1923 – 12.02.2009.

On 12th February peacefully at Blackbrook Care Home, Dedham, Norman of Frinton-on-Sea, aged 85 years.
Much loved husband of Audrey, a dear father of Melvin and Beverly and a loving grandad and great grandad.
A Thanksgiving Service will be held at St. Mary's Parish Church, Frinton-on-Sea on Wednesday, 25th February at 12 noon.
Family flowers only please but donations if so desired to RAFA Benevolent Fund c/o P.G. Oxley Ltd., 43/47 High Street,
Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8BE, Tel. 01255 675549.

Source: gazette-news.co.uk.

His missions with 115 Squadron.

Sayce Stanley WalterF/S. Sayce Stanley Walter RAFVR, Serv. Nr. 1318013 lost his life on 6 April 1944 on Lancaster ME685 during a mission with 207 Squadron on the Montaudran factory, Toulouse area.

He was married with Jessie for about one year.

The crew is buried at Toulouse (La Fourguette) Communal Cemetery.
F/S. Bruce, F .T. R. – Mid Upper Gunner - R.A.A.F. - 423780. Age 32
F/S. Sayce, S. W. - Navigator - RAFVR. - 1318013. Age 25
F/S. Read, J. T. - Air Bomber - RAFVR - 1601667. Age 21
W/O. Senior, J. R. - Pilot - RAFVR. - 1057241. Age 23
W/O. Waycott, W. J. - Wireless, Air Gunner - R.A.A.F. - 415706. Age 21
Sgt. Wilson, H. - Air Gunner - RAFVR. - 1852344. Age
Sgt. Woolley, A. F. – Flight Engineer – RAFVR. – 1819373. Age 21.

He became part of 115 Squadron and flew following missions from Witchford,
03/11/'43 – mission Mine laying – area West Frisians
18/11/'43 – target Berlin. Unable to reach target, bombed Bad Freienwalde
22/11/'43 – target Berlin, aircraft was hit by heavy Flak
23/11/'43 – target Berlin
On 18 December 1943, he was promoted to rank of temp/F/Sgt.

17th January 1944, he write a letter from Newport; mentioning he is now based in Suffolk 20 miles from Cambridge.

With thanks to Claire J. R. cousin of F/S. Sayce currently researching the Crew.

16 Feb. 2023. Thanks to Jerry Dixon for sharing the photo of Pilot F/O. Dixon Maxwell Wintringham,

Dixon Maxwell WintringhamHello,
I have attached a photo of Maxwell W Dixon which I hope is of interest.

My father had this picture for many years, but I never asked him where he
fitted into the family as he was from New Zealand.

I have since found out that he was a very distant relation.

He died on 6/7 Dec 1942.

Congratulations on your excellent website.

Best regards
Jerry Dixon

The Crew was on a mission to Mannheim, Germany on Wellington BK513 - KO-V,
crashed at Montcornet (Aisne), 35 km NE of Laon, France. There were no survivors.

The same night 115 Sqn. also lost Wellington BJ898 – KO-C, with no survivors.

November 2022, thanks to Maurice Kissane we have a new face to the Roll of Honour page,

Lancaster HK556Dear 115 Sqn Admin,

Please find attached an RAAF ID Photo for the HK556 RAAF MUG who was KIA.

The attached RAAF ID Photo is F/SGT JACKSON, Allen Steward S/N 434791.
He was KIA along with crewmates in 115 Sqn RAF
Lancaster HK556 A4-F. KIA 26/27 Aug 1944.
Aged Nineteen. Allen was born on Xmas Day in 1924.

His NAA RAAF WWII File is Digitized. His RAAF ID photo is from his NAA File.
His DVA WWII RAAF Nominal Roll Record:

The other RAAF crewman's NAA file is not yet digitized. However,
this is DVA WWII RAAF Nominal Roll for F/SGT WEBBER, Athol Grant 432605.
Athol too was only nineteen years old.

Lest We Forget.

Kind regards,

Maurice Kissane Ex-RAAF