26/27 August 1944
Lancaster Mk I - LM127 KO-H
|T/O Witchford 2027 - target Kiel, Germany. Crashed in the North Sea.
Bomb Load: 1 x 4000lbs, 900 x 4lbs incendieries, 96 x 30lbs incendiaries.
Equipment: H2S FISHPOND.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
372 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3 and 8 Groups despatched to Kiel.
The Pathfinder marking was hampered by smoke-screens but the local report tells of a very serious raid with heavy bombing in the town centre and surrounding districts and widespread fires fanned by a strong wind. The Rathaus was completely burnt out and many other public buildings were destroyed or seriously damaged.
17 Lancasters lost, 4.6 per cent of the Lancaster force.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary August 1944.
|Morgan James Edward - Pilot
F/O - Service No 182018
Son of Ida Marion Morgan, of Hammersmith, London.
Washed ashore near Vester Vested 11 September 1944 and initially buried on the beach. He was exhumed on 9 November 1945 and reburied at Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery, Denmark - grave A. 13. 14.
Source: CWGC - 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
|Coote Kenneth Percy - FE
Sgt - Service No 3000114
Son of Percy Cyril and Olive Beryl Coote, of Bromley, Kent.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 227
|Young Eric - Nav
F/S - Service No 1487006
Son of Arthur and Emily Frances Young, of Birmingham.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 223
|Bell Maurice - WOP
Sgt - Service No 1621754
Son of William Morrish Bell and Harriet Emma Bell, of Castleford, Yorkshire.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 225
|O'Sullivan Desmond Francis - BA
F/O - Service No 151430
Son of Michael J. and Mary E. O'Sullivan, of Camolin, Co. Wexford, Irish Republic.
Washed ashore and buried on 31 August 1944. Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery, Denmark - grave A. 12. 9.
Source: CWGC - Photo via airmen.dk - 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
|Miller Ian Graham Campbell - MUG
F/S - Service No 1552376
Runnymede Memorial - panel 220
|Yates Tom - RG
P/O - Service No J95439 (R212527)
Son of Tom and Janet Yates, of Hamilton, Ontario.
Washed ashore near Zandvoort, Netherland and was initially buried in the General Cemetery.
Bergen op Zoom Canadian War Cemetery - grave 1. H. 10.
Source: CWGC - 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - photo WW 2 talk.com