Lancaster HK595 15 November 1944

Lancaster Mk I - HK595 KO-A

T/O Witchford 1240 - target Dortmund, Germany.
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.

Castle Hugh Wilfred Castle Hugh Wilfred - Pilot

S/L - Service No 122360

Age: 30

RAFVR

Son of Henry J. and Alice Elizabeth Castle.
Husband of Vera F. M. Castle, of Beddington, Surrey. B.Sc.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 200

Source: CWGC - photo Geoff Castle, son Aircrew Remembered

Lancaster HK595Mullett Peter Derek Mullett Peter Derek - 2nd Pilot

F/O - Service No 153056

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of George H. and Effie Mullett.
Husband of Doreen Mary Mullett,
of St. Peter's, Jersey, Channel Islands.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 208

Source: CWGC. - Photo via warslastgoodbyes

Lancaster HK595Sampson Graham Mortimer Sampson Graham Mortimer - FE

Sgt - Service No 1608556

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Reichswald Forest war Cemetery - grave 4. B. 11.

Source: CWGC - Photo via online-begraafplaatsen.nl

Collinson Bernard Collinson Bernard - Nav

F/S - Service No 1549496

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 216

Source: CWGC.

Burrows Felix Milton Burrows Felix Milton "Flip" - WOP

P/O - Service No 427230

Age: 20 - °24 Feb 1924, North Fremantle, Western Australia

RAAF

Son of Frederick William Burrows and Mary Maud Mortimer,
of Mount Lawley, Western Australia.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 258

Source: CWGC - Photo via Virtual War Memorial Australia - info Brady family tree

Gribble Arthur Horace Gribble Arthur Horace - BA

F/S - Service No 1397763

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 218

Source: CWGC.

Lancaster HK595Stickland Ronald Stuart Stickland Ronald Stuart - MUG

F/S - Service No 430523

Age: 19

RAAF

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

Lancaster HK595Dawson Gordon Forbes Dawson Gordon Forbes - Mid Under Gunner

P/O - Service No J89896

Age: 22

RACF

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.

Source: CWGC - Photo via online-begraafplaatsen.nl

Lancaster HK595O'Sullivan Robert John O'Sullivan Robert John - RG

P/O - Service No 415910

Age: 24

RAAF

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