Lancaster DS652 13/14 June 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS652 KO-B

T/O East Wretham 0002 - Target Bochum, Germany.
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: - 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.

Ruff Ian Richard VictorRuff Ian Richard Victor Ruff Ian Richard Victor - Pilot

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.

Source: CWGC - photo from Faye (Stent) Whitfield. WikiTree -
Auckland Museum War Memorial - Find a Grave.

Mustchin John Frederick Mustchin John Frederick - FE

Sgt - Service No 578264

Age: 19


Son of Mrs. E. Mustchin, of Worthing, Sussex.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 160

Source: CWGC.

Procter Norman William Procter Norman William - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1320356

Age: 22


Son of William J. and Alice P. Procter, of Hendon, Middlesex.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 162

Source: CWGC.

Glendinning John RenwickGlendinning John Renwick Glendinning John Renwick - WOP

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.

Source: CWGC - Photos via Find a grave, by Rene Bosma

Deck Paul Dalralph Deck Paul Dalralph - BA

Sgt - Service No 1394588

Age: 20


Son of Edward Dalralph Deck and Rose Ethel Taylor, of Ipswich, Suffolk

Runnymede Memorial - panel 147

Source: CWGC - photo via Ipswich War Memorial

Rush Arthur Anthony Rush Arthur Anthony - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1697335

Age: 30


Son of Arthur and Jessie Rush, of Prescot, Lancashire.
Husband of Cynthia Margaret Rush, of Prescott.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 163

Source: CWGC.

Cuffey Frederick Cuffey Frederick - RG

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.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by H. J. Stoelinga