13/14 June 1943
Lancaster Mk II - DS652 KO-B
Shot down by a night fighter and crashed at 0211 in the Waddenzee 15 km NE of Den Oever, Netherlands.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
503 aircraft - 323 Lancasters, 167 Halifaxes, 11 Mosquitos to Bochum.
This raid took place over a completely cloud-covered target but accurate Oboe skymarking enabled the all
Lancaster/Halifax Main Force to cause severe damage to the centre of Bochum.
14 Lancasters and 10 Halifaxes lost, 4.8 per cent of the force.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary June 1943.
ORB. 13th June, 1943.
13 aircraft took off between 23.59 hours & 00.10 hours to attack target BOCHUM.
10 aircraft located the target by means of red & green target indicator markers on which they
dropped their bombs from heights ranging between 18,000 feet & 21,000 feet.
Fires, scattered over a wide area, were seen & incendiaries appeared to be burning without taking hold.
1 Captain (F.D.S.661 - Captain F/O. J. T. ANDERSON) reported that the attack was scattered &
there appeared to be much undershooting.
Leaflets were dropped & photographs attempted.
2 aircraft were forced to abandon the sortie, one due to illness of Mid Upper Gunner (F/S. ROBINSON. N.)
(A/C. C.D.S.665 - Captain S/L. R. BIARD) & the other
(A/C. D.D.S.629 - Captain F/L. J. B. STARKY) due to aileron trouble & both returned to Base early,
the former after jettisoning all his bombs live & the latter after jettisoning its 8,000 H.C., but bring back its incendiaries.
1 aircraft failed to return from Operations.
0410. 12 aircraft had returned safely to Base.
F/S - Service No 411046
Age: 27 - washed ashore 23 June 1943.
Son of Alfred Whitman Ruff and Annie Ruff,
of Opotiki, Auckland, New Zealand.
Nes (Ameland) General Cemetery - Plot D. Row 13. Grave 9.
Sgt - Service No 578264
Son of Mrs. E. Mustchin, of Worthing, Sussex.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 160
Sgt - Service No 1320356
Son of William J. and Alice P. Procter, of Hendon, Middlesex.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 162
Sgt - Service No 1367274
Age: 23 - washed ashore 24 June 1943.
Son of Walter and and Margaret Glendinning,
of Hawick, Roxburghshire.
Nes (Ameland) General Cemetery - Plot D. Row 13. Grave 10.
Sgt - Service No 1394588
Son of Edward Dalralph Deck and Rose Ethel Taylor, of Ipswich, Suffolk
Runnymede Memorial - panel 147
Sgt - Service No 1697335
Son of Arthur and Jessie Rush, of Prescot, Lancashire.
Husband of Cynthia Margaret Rush, of Prescott.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 163
F/S - Service No 1386752
Age: 21 - washed ashore 26 June 1943.
Son of Jonathan Charles and Annie Celia Cuffey,
of Tottenham, Middlesex.
Makkum Protestant Churchyard - Row M. Grave 42.
His brother Jonathan "John" died on 26 June 1944, age 23,
Service no 1896078, RAF 10 squadron on Halifax LV870,
buried at Perles Churchyard, Aisne, France.