29/30 March 1943
Lancaster Mk II - DS625 KO-W
|T/O East Wretham 2158 - Target Berlin, Germany.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
Berlin attacked unsuccessfully by 329 aircraft - 162 Lancasters, 103 Halifaxes, 64 Stirlings.
Weather conditions were difficult, with icing and inaccurately forecast winds causing most of the bombs to fall in open countryside 6 miles south-east of Berlin.
21 aircraft - 11 Lancasters, 7 Halifaxes, 3 Stirlings - lost, 6.4 per cent of the force.
DS625 was the first MK II Lancaster to be lost in Bomber Command service.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary March 1943.
|Ross Herbert John - Pilot
P/O - Service No J16873
Son of William Thomas Ross and Lillian May Ross, of St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 177
|Godden Frank Leslie - FE
Sgt - Service No 1088307
Son of Joseph and Winifred Godden, of Sheffield.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 150
Source: CWGC - Photo via Tina Champion, thanks.
|Shaw Stuart Patrick - Nav
Sgt - Service No 1331022
Age: 30 - °03 April 1912, Lewisham
Runnymede Memorial - panel 164
Source: CWGC - King's College London.
|Marshall Frank Wilfred - WOP
Sgt - Service No 413769
Age: 24 - °14 February 1919.
Son of Wilfred Samuel and Emily Grayson Marshall, of Touranga, Auckland, New Zealand.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 199
Source: CWGC - photo and info Tauranga Memories.
|Dray Dennis Bernard - BA
F/S - Service No 1312186
Son of Harry F. and Charlotte Dray, of Cove, Hampshire.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 136
|McKenney John - MUG
Sgt - Service No 1166981
Son of David and Janet McKenny.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 158
|Bradford John McKinnon - RG
W/OII - Service No R125961
Son of Harold R. Bradford, and of Janet S. Bradford, of Braeside, Ontario, Canada.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 179
Source: CWGC - more photos and info on CANADIAN VIRTUAL WAR MEMORIAL.