26/27 April 1943
Lancaster Mk II - DS609 KO-M
|T/O East Wretham 0108 - Target Duisburg, Germany. Crashed at Oberhausen.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
561 aircraft - 215 Lancasters, 135 Wellingtons, 119 Halifaxes, 78 Stirlings, 14 Mosquitos.
This heavy raid was a partial failure. The Pathfinders claimed to have marked the target accurately but daylight reconnaissance showed that most of the bombing had fallen to the north-east of Duisburg; the Main Force may have bombed too early or they may have been lured by early fires short of the target.
17 aircraft - 7 Halifaxes, 5 Wellingtons, 3 Lancasters, 2 Stirlings - lost, 3.0 per cent of the force.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary April 1943.
|Minnes Harvey B - Pilot
P/O - Service No J16658 - DFC.
Son of Artie Rutherford Minnis and Dorcas Lyola Minnis, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 9.D.12.
Source: CWGC - photo Canadian Virtual War Memorial
|Webster Leigh Gordon - FE
Sgt - Service No 523101
Son of Percy Leigh Webster, and of Constance Clara Webster, of Liverpool.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 9.D.14.
|Snook William Charles - Nav
Sgt - Service No 655955
Son of William Charles and Ellan Louisa Snook.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 9.D.18.
|Law Norman - WOP
Sgt - Service No 1077194 - DMF
Son of William and Annie Isabella Law, of Gateshead, Co. Durham.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 9.B.15.
|Timms Wilfred Arthur - BA
Sgt - Service No 1220111 - DMF
Husband of Irene Ada Agnes Timms, of Bath, Somerset.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 9.D.15.
|Thorpe Charles Edward - MUG
Sgt - Service No 1800350
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 9.D.13.
|Foster Edward Austin Nixon - RG
P/O - Service No J17091 - DFC
Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Foster.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 9.D.11.