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.

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

Source: - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary March 1943.

Ross 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.

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 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 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 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.