115 Squadron

Despite the elements

115 Squadron
Welcome 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.

Losses over Belgium.
115 Squadron
Roll of Honour
and Aircraft losses.

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

Belgium to Gibraltar
New pictures – New faces.
2017 - 2018 - 2019
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)
In memorian.
Marham Heritage Centre
Just Jane
The Lincolnshire Lancaster Ass.The Lincolnshire Lancaster Association
International bomber command centre
Bram Dermout
Aircrew Remembered
Diary of Bruce JohnstonBruce 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
WO 2. Davison Ray
Rear Gunner serv. no. 2200204
via Davison Lian
All info and photos relating 115 Sqn during WW II are welcome, mail them to Filip Doms, the team thanks you for your effort.
Who can help? On February 3rd we received folowing mail,

Good afternoon!

I wonder if you can help me – my name is Dr Phil Marter and I am running a project to investigate the crash site of Lancaster DS793 KO-L.

I would like to start tracing crew family members, and I wondered if you would be able to put something on your website to that effect?

I would be more than happy to feedback any information I collect as part of this project.

In fact I will be speaking (in part) about this aircraft and her crew at the RAF Museum in London later this month.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give,

With best wishes,
Dr Phil Marter (University of Winchester)

Who can help? On January 30th we received folowing mail,

Dear Sir/Madam,

I'm enquiring to see if you may be able to help me please.

Our department is currently making plans for a memorial to a crew lost on the 24th November 1941 who were flying a wellington from 115 squadron.

I'm trying to find a picture of Wellington Z8863 KO-G which crashed at night during a non ops flight, but ao far have had no sucess in tracking a picture down.

Would you be able to help me out please.

Yours sincerely,
Tony Richardson

Wellington Z8863Wellinton Z8863

Harry HooperHello. I have found your site via sad searching.

My Father-in-law- Flt Lt Harry Hooper ex115 is now 95 but has very recently become quite ill with only a short time left.

I am hoping to find fellows that may comfort us in appreciating his Flying career from Tiger Moths to Wellingtons and Lancasters.

Photos or stories would be appreciated as will any information
Thank you,

Stuart Hooper-Smith.

Interview 2013.

Jason Holloway Photo from Jason Halloway,
So Sad to hear this.

On my shelf in office . Tankers I had from the reunion at witchford around 2000

Met Harry many times in late 90s at his home and went to ex115sqn reunion with him.

A great man with so many amazing stories about his life.

The crew: F/O. Osbourne - F/S. Cuthill - F/O. Hooper - F/L. Williams - F/S Hough - F/S. Glover - F/S. Flint.

Wellington X3351Paul Hogle sent us a photo's of his father in law F/S.

Jones William who was shot down as crewmember of Wellington Mk III –X3351 KO-T on 31 December 1942 on a Gardening mission over the Bay of Biscay.

William Jones was shot down over a small island and broke an ankle on landing. Was captured the next day.

All of the crew survived and served as POW's at Stalag VIIIB.
Bill served two and a half years as a POW in Germany.

He survived a death march in the closing months of the war and 10 children!

Thanks to Paul, we were not aware of this crew.

Who can help us with photos of the other crewmembers?

Late 1942.
Standing L to R; Les Hickman - Pilot (Coventry, W.O.Pearce - Rear Gunner (Toronto Ontario), Don McKay - Navigator (Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada).

Kneeling L to R; Sam W. Walmsley - Wireless Operator (Chilliwack, British-Columbia, Canada, W. T. Jones - Bomb Aimer/Front Gunner.

Francis Leonard KennedyWe received this photo from Chris Thomson from Montreal, Canada.

My great uncle Francis Leonard Kennedy was lost along with his crew on Feb 24/25 1944.

Chris would like to know more about his uncle P/O. Kennedy, the crash of Lancaster MK II LL701 KO-F, and the other crewmembers, who can help?

Lancaster LL701 and his crew was lost without a trace on a mission to Schweinfurt, Germany.

Also lost on this mission was Lancaster LL644 KO-N, no survivors.

Total losses on this mission were 33 aircraft - 26 Lancasters, 7 Halifaxes - 4.5 per cent of the force.

These photos we received from Peter Jan van der Giesen. On July 21th there was a remembrance at the monument remembering the crew of Lancaster Mk III - ND913 A4-M 'Popeye', the Lancaster Crashed at Papendrecht/Sliedrecht, Netherlands.

There were no survivors.

We thanks all contributors for their effort.
ND913ND913Lancaster ND913

Photo via newspaper BN. De Stem, courtesy: Arie Verhoeven,

left to right, Erwin van Wijngaarden, Margré van Wijngaarden and Peter Jan van der Giessen from the Lancaster Popeye team.

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