Lancaster NF960 28 October 1944

Lancaster Mk I - NF960 KO-R

T/O Witchford 1305 - target Cologne, Germany.

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

733 aircraft - 28 Lancasters, 286 Halifaxes, 19 Mosquitos, attacked Cologne.

The bombing took place in 2 separate waves and the local report confirms that enormous damage was caused. The districts of Mülheim and Zollstock, north-east and south-west of the centre respectively, became the centre of the 2 raids and were both devastated. Much damage was caused to power-stations, railways and harbour installations on the Rhine.

4 Halifaxes and 3 Lancasters lost.

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

Hynes Brain Maurice Hynes Brain Maurice - Pilot

F/L - Service No 415971

Age: 26

RNZAF

Son of Thomas George Hynes and of Rosita Amelia Romero, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.

Reichswald Forest war Cemetery - grave 31. G. 14.

Source: CWGC - photo and more info on Aircrew Remembered.

Gooch E Gooch E. - FE

Sgt - Service No 1862966

Age: - POW No

RAFVR

Son of

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

John Gooch Dad, W/O E.Gooch was Flight Engineer on this aircraft, only he and the bomb aimer, John Bovill escaped the flak shell which caused the explosion and fire which sent the Lanc down with the other 5 guys still aboard.
It was the second shell which hit the aircraft, ten minutes earlier, the first one burst through the floor and failed to explode, Hynes telling Dad to "Get that fucking thing out!" He picked up the hot fizzing shell and pushed it through the same hole it had made on entry!
Dad regained consciousness on the end of his parachute having somehow been miraculously ejected from the burning aircraft, to see Bovill below him and the Lanc spiralling down and crashing.
They landed 20 minutes later in a village where the locals found Bovill and started to beat him, only pausing when Dad was discovered hanging from a barn door. They got him down and started to beat him too, their lives being saved by the arrival of the SS.
Nevertheless, the townsfolk wouldn't give up, such was their anger and smashed the vehicle windows of the SS van to get them out again. They were then taken away for interrogation and incarceration. I have more of their story if anyone's interested.
John Gooch

Wiggin George Harold Wiggin George Harold - Nav

F/S - Service No 1582724

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of James Wiggin, and of Lillie Wiggin, of Oakengates, Shropshire.

Reichswald Forest war Cemetery - grave 6. D. 5.

Source: CWGC.

Brennan Arthur Benjamin Brennan Arthur Benjamin - WOP

W/O - Service No 426030

Age: 22

RAAF

Son of William and Johanna Mary Brennan, of East Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 259

Source: CWGC.

Bovill J Bovill J. - BA

F/S - Service No 428015

Age: - POW No

RAAF

Son of

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

Taylor Percy Weston Taylor Percy Weston - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1084566

Age: 24

RAFVR

Son of Noel W. and Katharine Taylor, of Dyserth, Flintshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 238

Source: CWGC.

Raybould Charles Francis Raybould Charles Francis - RG

Sgt - Service No 2221557

Age: 36

RAFVR

Son of Francis Joseph Raybould, and Ann Elizabeth Raybould, of Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 236

Source: CWGC.