15 November 1944
Lancaster Mk I - HK595 KO-A
Collided with Lancaster NN706 in a mid air collision over Leverkusen.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
177 Lancasters of No 3 Group carried out a G-H attack on the oil plant at Dortmund.
The raid, through thick cloud, was believed to have been accurate.
2 Lancasters lost.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary November 1944.
ORB. 15th Nov., 1944.
19 aircraft took off (between 12.32 and 12.47 hours) to attack synthetic oil plant at DORTMUND.
2 aircraft failed to return - no news being received. Lancaster MK I NN706 KO-B, 7 KIA
Bombing was carried out by the remainder in 10/10 cloud by special apparatus from heights ranging
between 16,500 feet & 19,500 feet.
It was impossible to access results but bombing appeared to be well concentrated.
Photographs were attempted.
2 aircraft were seen to explode in the air.
17.37. 17 aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.
S/L - Service No 122360
Son of Henry J. and Alice Elizabeth Castle.
Husband of Vera F. M. Castle, of Beddington, Surrey. B.Sc.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 200
F/O - Service No 153056
Son of George H. and Effie Mullett.
Husband of Doreen Mary Mullett,
of St. Peter's, Jersey, Channel Islands.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 208
Sgt - Service No 1608556
Reichswald Forest war Cemetery - grave 4. B. 11.
F/S - Service No 1549496
Runnymede Memorial - panel 216
P/O - Service No 427230
Age: 20 - °24 Feb 1924, North Fremantle, Western Australia
Son of Frederick William Burrows and Mary Maud Mortimer,
of Mount Lawley, Western Australia.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 258
F/S - Service No 1397763
Runnymede Memorial - panel 218
F/S - Service No 430523
Son of Alfred Bernard and Ethel Stickland,
of East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Reichswald Forest war Cemetery - grave 4. B. 10.
Source: CWGC - Photo via Facebook, RAAF Deaths Photographic Archive of Headstones and Memorials WW2 by Spidge
P/O - Service No J89896
Son of Thomas James Dawson and Isobel Caroline Dawson.
Husband of Gwendoline Doris Dawson, of Cookstown, Ontario, Canada.
Reichswald Forest war Cemetery - grave 4. B. 1.
P/O - Service No 415910
Son of John Robert and Jessie Shilla O'sullivan,
of Subiaco, Western Australia.
Reichswald Forest war Cemetery - grave 4. B. 9.
Source: CWGC - Photo via Facebook, RAAF Deaths Photographic Archive of Headstones and Memorials WW2 by Spidge - Photo of plaque Botanic Gardens