Lancaster DS625 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.

Source: - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary March 1943.

ORB. 29th March, 1943.
8 aircraft took off between 21.45 hours and 22.15 hours to attack target BERLIN.
5 were successful in locating the target by means of red marker flares on which they dropped their bombs
from heights ranging between 9,000 feet and 15,500 feet.
Bombs were seen to burst in the target area and good fires appeared to be getting hold, in build up area.
The starboard outer engine of one aircraft (R.D.S.623 - Captain F/L. A. F. AVANT) was rendered
unserviceable through heavy Flak over target.
Two aircraft were forced to abandon the sortie, due to aircraft being unstable (J.D.S.626 - Captain Sgt. FINNERTY. G.)
and the other due to icing conditions (Y.D.S.613 - Captain P/O. H. MINNIS.) and both returned to
Base early after jettisoning their bombs safe.
One aircraft failed to return from Operations.

05.00. 7 aircraft had returned safely to Base.

DS625 was the first MK II Lancaster to be lost in Bomber Command service.

Ross Herbert JohnRoss Herbert John Ross Herbert John - Pilot

P/O - Service No J16873

Age: 21


Son of William Thomas Ross and Lillian May Ross,
of St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 177

Source: CWGC - Photo: Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

Godden Frank Leslie Godden Frank Leslie - FE

Sgt - Service No 1088307

Age: 22


Son of Joseph and Winifred Godden, of Sheffield.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 150

Source: CWGC - Photo via Tina Champion, thanks.

My uncle ,Frank L.Godden was in 115 Sqd. at East Wretham.
He was previously in a reserved occupation but after helping recover victims of The Sheffield Blitz.
He joined Bomber Command to train as a pilot.
He was the flight engineer and second dicky on a raid on Berlin 29/30th March 1943.

Shaw Stuart Patrick Shaw Stuart Patrick - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1331022

Age: 30 - °03 April 1912, Lewisham


Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 164

Source: CWGC - King's College London.

Marshall Frank Wilfred Marshall Frank WilfredMarshall 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 - Auckland

Dray Dennis Bernard Dray Dennis Bernard - BA

F/S - Service No 1312186

Age: 20


Son of Harry F. and Charlotte Dray, of Cove, Hampshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 136

Source: CWGC.

McKenney John McKenney John - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1166981

Age: 33


Son of David and Janet McKenny.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 158

Source: CWGC.

Bradford John McKinnonBradford John McKinnon Bradford John McKinnon - RG

W/OII - Service No R125961

Age: 21


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..