31 May - 1 June 1944

Lancaster Mk I - LL936 KO-V

T/O Witchford 0004 - target Trappes West Railway Yards, France.
Crashed in the general vicinity of Dreux (E of Nogent-le-Roi.)

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.

219 aircraft - 125 Lancasters, 86 Halifaxes, 8 Mosquitos - of all groups except No 5 Group
successfully attacked the railway yards at Trappes to the west of Paris in 2 waves.

4 Lancasters were lost.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary April 1944.

ORB 31st May, 1944.
22 aircraft were detailed to attack TRAPPES WEST but 3 of them failed to take off.
The remainder took off between 23.51 hours & 00.11 hours.
1 failed to return from Operations - no news being received (A/C. V.LL.936 - captain F/S. McLACHLAN, A.)
4 aircraft were forced top abandon the sortie due to
bad weather conditions A/C. J.HK.557 (Captain F/S. GARSIDE, S.)
A/C. J.ME.756 (Captain F/S. THORNTON J.) 10/10 storm cloud,
severe icing & lightening A/C. G.ME.692 (Captain P/O. S. W. HOLDER),
and port inner engine being unserviceable A/C. A.ND.758 (Captain F/L. W. D. MARTIN),
and all returned to Base early after jettisoning their bombs.
The remainder identified the target visually by marshalling yards & by means of indicator markers.
Some bombed the white or yellow markers as instructed by the Master of Ceremonies & other bombed
visually the marshalling yards, from heights ranging between 8,000 and 10,000 feet.
Bomb bursts across the yards were well concentrated & many fires were in evidence. Photographs were attempted.

05.04. 18 aircraft had returned safely to Base.

Wing from LL936 photo Forced landing

LL936Lancaster LL936   Lancaster LL936   

McLachlan Alastair McRaeMcLachlan Alastair McRae McLachlan Alastair McRae - Pilot

F/S - Service No 422299

Age: 23

RNZAF

Son of Matthew McLachlan, and of Mary McLachlan,
of Auckland City, New Zealand.

Dreux Communal Cemetery,
Departement Eure-et-Loir, France - row 1 joint grave 1.7.

Source: CWGC - photo Auckland War Memorial Museum - inmemories - Find a Grave.

Lancaster LL936Graham James Graham James - FE

Sgt - Service No 1825076

Age:

RAFVR

Son

Dreux Communal Cemetery,
Departement Eure-et-Loir, France - row 1 grave 1.8.

Source: CWGC - Photo: forcedlanding - Find a Grave.

Partridge Alexander George Partridge Alexander GeorgePartridge Alexander George - Nav

F/S - Service No 427719

Age: 20

RNZAF

Son of Frederick Walter Partridge, and of Margaret Hyslop Partridge,
of Wellington City, New Zealand.

Dreux Communal Cemetery,
Departement Eure-et-Loir, France - row 1 joint grave 1.7.

Source: CWGC - photo Auckland War Memorial Museum - inmemories - Find a Grave.

Lancaster LL936 Crumpler George Edward - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1464302

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Albert George and Beatrice Alice Crumpler.
Husband of Betty Winifred Crumpler, of St. Marylebone, London.

Dreux Communal Cemetery,
Departement Eure-et-Loir, France - row 1 grave 1.10.

Source: CWGC - Find a grave by JackieJ.

Lancaster LL936Hamilton Paul Jameson Hamilton Paul Jameson - BA

F/S - Service No 1335338

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Dreux Communal Cemetery,
Departement Eure-et-Loir, France - row 1 grave 1.9.

Source: CWGC - forcedlanding - Find a Grave.

Sorensen Neville Lloyd Sorensen Neville LloydSorensen Neville Lloyd - MUG

F/S - Service No 413678

Age: 21

RAAF

Son of Paul Edwin and Anna Ernestena Sorensen,
of Leura, New South Wales, Australia.

Dreux Communal Cemetery,
Departement Eure-et-Loir, France - row 1 grave 1.11.

Source: CWGC - The Cutting - Find a Grave.

O'Brien BrianO'Brien Brian O'Brien Brian - RG

F/S - Service No 426142

Age: 22 - °03 August 1921

RNZAF

Son of Denis H. O'Brien and of Margaret Casey,
of Orepuki, Southland, New Zealand.

Dreux Communal Cemetery,
Departement Eure-et-Loir, France - row 1 grave 1.12.

Source: CWGC - photo New Zealand War Graves Project - inmemories.com - Find a Grave.