Lancaster ME692 15 October 1944

Lancaster Mk I - ME692 A4-G

T/O Witchford 1745 - target Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
Lost without trace.

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

506 aircraft - 257 Halifaxes, 241 Lancasters, 8 Mosquitos - from all groups except No 5 Group,

On the last of 14 major Bomber Command raids on Wilhelmshaven that began in early 1941.
Bomber Command claimed 'severe damage' to the business and residential areas.

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

ORB. 15th Oct. 1944.
7 aircraft (3 from "A" Flt., & 2 from "B" Flt.) 2 from "C" Flt. (No 195 personel)
detailed to attack WILHELMSHAVEN and took off between 17.40 hours and 18.00 hours.
1 aircraft failed to return from Operations (G.ME.592 Captain F/O. J. B. PERRY) -
no news being received.
1 aircraft (C.B.NN.706 Captain F/O. C. J. POTTER - DFM) was forced to abandon the
sortie due to unserviceability of Flight Engineer's oxygen mask and returned to Base early
after jettisoning his bombs safe.
The remaining five aircraft identified the target by means of P.F. flares and bombed red &
green indicator markers from heights ranging between 11,500 feet and 20,000 feet.
Visibility was bad due to mist but bombing appeared to be rather scattered.
A large orange coloured explosion was seen at 19.49 hours.
1 aircraft (E.HK.551. Captain F/O. S. J. ELLISDON) was hit by heavy Flak sustaining
damage to mid upper turret and fixed aerial.
Photographs were attempted.
1 aircraft landed at MEPAL on return. (A/C. C.PD.293 Captain F/L. R. B. CLARK).

22.32. All the aircraft had returned safely.

Lancaster ME692

Perry James Percival Perry James Percival - Pilot

F/O - Service No 183588

Age: 24

RAFVR

Son of Albert and Mary Perry, of Coventry.
Husband of Winifred Elsie Perry, of Coventry.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 208

Source: CWGC.

Franklin Robert Harcourt Franklin Robert Harcourt - 2nd Pilot

S/L - Service No 41009 (195 Sqdn.)

Age: - 28 - °24 July 1916, Little Easton, Essex.

RAF

Son of Harcourt and M. E. Franklin.
Husband of Joyce Muriel Howard, of Felpham, Sussex.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 200

Source: CWGC.

Clarke Harold William Clarke Harold William - FE

Sgt - Service No 940365

Age: 32

RAFVR

Son of William Josiah and May Beatrice Clarke, of Birmingham.
Husband of Maud May Clarke, of Hall Green, Birmingham.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 227

Source: CWGC.

Bennett Edmund Bennett Edmund - Nav

F/S - Service No 1602216

Age: 24

RAFVR

Son of Florence Bennett, of Portsmouth.
Husband of Iris Nora Bennett, of Fratton, Portsmouth.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 215

Source: CWGC.

Lynch John Patrick Lynch John Patrick - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1832292

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of John and Rose Edith Lynch, of Adamsdown, Cardiff.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 233

Source: CWGC.

Wood Edwin Ernest Wood Edwin Ernest - BA

F/S - Service No 1576342

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Ernest E. and Rose Wood.
Husband of Ilma Constance Wood, of Lozells, Birmingham.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 223

Source: CWGC.

Elvish Norman Elvish Norman - MUG

Sgt - Service No 543937

Age: 28

RAF

Son of John and Elizabeth Elvish.
Husband of Vera Elvish, of Pantygasseg, Monmouthshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 229

Source: CWGC.

Atkins Norman Arthur Atkins Norman Arthur - RG

Sgt - Service No 1895451

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Annie Lucy E. Atkins, of South Norwood, Surrey.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 224

Source: CWGC.