Lancaster DS647 12 June 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS647 KO-N

T/O East Wretham 0027 - Target Dusseldorf, Germany.
Shot down by Maj Werner Streib of the 1./NJG1 and crashed in the Oranjeboomstraat, Mill,
North Brabant, Netherlands, at 0216 hours.

Route: 5145N 0350E - 5055N 0630E - DUSSELDORF - 5117N 0630E - NOORDWIJK.

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

783 aircraft - 326 Lancasters, 202 Halifaxes, 143 Wellingtons, 99 Stirlings, 13 Mosquitos. 

The Pathfinder marking plan proceeded excellently until an Oboe Mosquito inadvertently released a load of target indicators
14 miles north-east of the target area. This caused part of the Main Force to waste its bombs on open country.
But the main bombing caused extensive damage in the centre of Düsseldorf, where 130 acres were claimed as destroyed,
and this proved to be the most damaging raid of the war for this city. 

38 aircraft - 14 Lancasters, 12 Halifaxes, 10 Wellingtons, 2 Stirlings - lost, 4.9 per cent of the force.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary June 1943.

ORB. 12th June, 1943.
13 aircraft took off between 00.22 hours & 00.37 hours to attack target DUSSELDORF.
11 aircraft located the target by means of red & green target indicator markers & release
point flares or by D.R. run from yellow landmarkers & bombed the markers from heights ranging
between 17,500 feet & 22,000 feet.
A good concentration of fire with terrific volumes of smoke & a few scattered fires were seen.
1 Captain (H.D.S.630 - Captain W/O. NOXON. E.) reported a large explosion at 02.02 hours.
Leaflets were dropped & photographs attempted.
1 aircraft (W.D.S.620 - Captain P/O. K. EGGLESTON) was forced to abandon the sortie due to
starboard inner engine trouble & returned to Base early after jettisoning 4,000 lb. H.C. safe but bringing back incendiaries.
1 aircraft failed to return from Operations.

04.20. 12 aircraft had returned safely to Base.

Lancaster DS647 Major Streib, Kommandeur of I./NJG1 claimed five heavy bombers
shot down on 11-12 June 1943.

His fourth Abschuss of the night (and 53rd victory) was
Lancaster KO-N DS647 of 115 Squadron,
which crashed close to a house in the Oranjestraat at Mill village
near Nijmegen, with the loss of the hole crew.

Info by Ian Mason, thanks 

Fox Douglas ParrFox Douglas Parr Fox Douglas Parr - Pilot

Squadron Leader - Service No 61479 - DFC (149 Squadron)

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of John Maxwell Fox and Edith Isabella Fox, of Aberdeen.

Uden War Cemetery - collective grave 5. H. 5-8 - Buried on 14 June 1943.

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

Nixon Peter FrancisNixon Peter Francis Nixon Peter Francis - FE

Sgt - Service No 957106

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Sydney Rogers Nixon and Elsie Jane Nixon,
of Maney, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire.

Uden War Cemetery - grave 5. H. 10. - Buried on 14 June 1943.

Source: CWGC - Photo via and his story on Warwick War Memorial. - Find a grave, by Des Philippet

Spring Kenneth LorenSpring Kenneth Loren Spring Kenneth Loren - Nav

W/O II - Service No R102127

Age:

RCAF

Son of

Uden War Cemetery - grave 5. F. 10. - Buried on 24 June 1943.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Canadian Virtual War Memorial - Find a grave, by Des Philippet

Lancaster DS647Johnson Alan Morton Johnson Alan Morton - WOP

F/S - Service No 1380770

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Harold D. and Dorothy A. Johnson, of Swindon, Wiltshire.

Uden War Cemetery - collective grave 5. H. 5-8. - Buried on 14 June 1943.

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

Lancaster DS647Chapman Philip Arthur Chapman Philip Arthur - BA

F/S - Service No 1380243

Age: 20

RAFVR

Husband of Arthur Albert and A. Frances Chapman, of Wallington, Surrey.

Uden War Cemetery - collective grave 5. H. 5-8. - Buried on 14 June 1943.

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

Lancaster DS647Bulmer Albert Derek Bulmer Albert Derek - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1334618

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Albert Henry and Dorothy Bulmer, of Winchmore Hill, Middlesex.

Uden War Cemetery - grave 5. H. 9. - Buried on 14 June 1943.

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

Lancaster DS647Spires Alan Seblery Spires Alan Seblery - RG

F/S - Service No 975262 - DFM (12 Squadron)

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Uden War Cemetery - collective grave 5. H. 5-8. - Buried on 14 June 1943.

Source: CWGC - photo via Find a grave by Des Philippet