Lancaster PD344 5 October 1944

Lancaster Mk I - PD344 KO-M

T/O Witchford 1715 - target Saarbrucken, Germany.
Collided with Lancaster ND904 (former 115 Sqn. KO-M) of 75 New Zealand Sqn.
and crashed at Wolfsfeld, Germany.
All 14 airmen were killed.

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

531 Lancasters and 20 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3 and 8 Groups.

The first major RAF raid to Saarbr├╝cken since September 1942.
The raid was made at the request of the American Third Army which was advancing
the intention was to cut the railways and block supply routes generally through the town.
The bombing was accurate and severe damage was caused in the main town area
north of the River Saar, the area through which the main railway lines ran.
Damage was particularly severe in the Altstadt and Malstatt districts.

3 Lancasters lost.

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

ORB. 5th Oct,. 1944.
30 aircraft (10 from "A" Flt., 10 from "B" Flight and 10 from "C" Flt.)
were detailed to attack SAARBRUCKEN and took off between
17.00 hours and 17.30 hours.
The target was identified visually and by P.F. flares by most of the aircraft and
15 aircraft dropped their bombs on red & green markers from heights ranging
between 11,000 feet and 15,000 feet.
One aircraft (M.PD.344 - Captain - F/S. HENDERSON, K.) failed to return from
Operations - no news being received.
The remainder reached the target area but were instructed by the Master Bomber to
abandon the mission and returned to Base after jettisoning part of their bomb loads.

23.16. 29 aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.

Lancaster PD344Henderson Kenneth Michael Henderson Kenneth Michael - Pilot

F/S - Service No 1092311

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. G. 4.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Des Philippet

Lancaster PD344Horridge Albert Horridge Albert - FE

Sgt - Service No 2211444

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Frank and Emily Horridge, of York.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. G. 3.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Des Philippet

Lancaster PD344Blockley Maurice William Blockley Maurice William - Nav

F/S - Service No 1582340

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of John Thomas Blockley and Doris Annie Blockley.
Husband of Hylda Dorothea Joan Elizabeth Blockley,
of Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. G. 6.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Des Philippet.

Lancaster PD344Scougall Frank Stuart Burden Scougall Frank Stuart Burden - WOP

F/S - Service No 423485

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Dr. Stuart Seton Hammond Scougall, and Gwenyth Florence Scougall,
of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - collective grave 8. G. 10-14.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Des Philippet

Lancaster PD344Cuthbert Ross Walter Cuthbert Ross Walter - BA

F/S - Service No 424059

Age: 20

RNZAF

Son of Walter and Nora Cuthbert, of Cambridge, Auckland, New Zealand.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. G. 2.

Source: CWGC - more info on cambridgeairforce.org - Photo via New Zealand War Graves Trust - Find a Grave.

Lancaster PD344Blake Arthur William Blake Arthur William - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1263138

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Herbert and Minnie Blake, of Maidstone, Kent.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. G. 5.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Des Philippet

Lancaster PD344Coe Cecil Robert Coe Cecil Robert - RG

Sgt - Service No 1507583

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave collective grave 8. G. 10-14.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, be Des Philippet