Lancaster DS655
Lancaster DS655 115 Squadron

27/28 May 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS655 KO-W

Lancaster DS655
T/O East Wretham 2320 - Target Essen, Germany. Shot down by flak.

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

518 aircraft - 274 Lancasters, 151 Halifaxes, 81 Wellingtons, 12 Mosquitos dispatched to Essen.

The weather was cloudy and skymarking had to be used. The main bombing was scattered, with many aircraft undershooting. The limited damage caused in Essen was mainly in the central and northern districts. Bombs fell in 10 surrounding Ruhr towns.

23 aircraft - 11 Halifaxes, 6 Lancasters, 5 Wellingtons, 1 Mosquito - lost, 4.4 per cent of the force.

Source: - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary May 1943.

Cammell Gordon Cammell Gordon W. - Pilot

F/O - Service No 415290


RNZAF - POW No 1401 Stalag Luft III.

Son of Lawrence and Isabella Cammell.
Husband of Fay.

Source: CWGC - photo via his son Russell Cammell, thanks.

Baker Eric Gordon Fay Beaumont Baker Eric Gordon Fay Beaumont - FE

Sgt - Service No 578114

Age: 19


Son of Thomas Benjamin and Ivy Gladys Baker, of Selsey-on-Sea, Sussex.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 19.F.14.

Source: CWGC.

Cooper George William Cooper George William - Nav

F/O - Service No 124578

Age: 25


Son of Albert and Hephzibah Cooper, of Langford, Bedfordshire.
Husband of Clarice Cooper.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 18.D.18.

Source: CWGC.

Parker George Albert Parker George Albert - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1293717

Age: 32


Son of Ernest John and Florence Parker.
Husband of Constance Parker, of Edgware, Middlesex.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - joint grave 19.F.15.

Source: CWGC.

Pye Halford Douglas Pye Halford Douglas - BA

F/O - Service No 412736

Age: 23


Husband of James Douglas Pye and F. Gwendoline Dickey (x Waihi on 14 December 1916), of Katikati, Auckland, New Zealand.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 19.F.13.

Source: CWGC - photo Auckland War Memorial Museummore info tauranga Memories

Williams David Stuart Williams David Stuart - MUG

F/O - Service No 130932



Son of

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - joint grave 19.F.15.
P/O. David Stuart Williams crashed during a training flight on 17 November 1942 on Wellington X9614 of 11 OTU. He was the only survivor, and treated at Halton Hospital for severe burns.*

Source: CWGC - photo via Bill Ross, thanks - *info Aircrew Remembered

Reid Robert Ryland Reid Robert Ryland "Roy" - RG

F/O - Service No 130931

Age: °24th May, 1914*


Son of Frederick Reid and his first wife Agnes Jane Kimbrey (known as Daisy)*
Husband of Elisabeth ?
Had a younger brother Brian Henry Neville Reid, born in Janunary 1923. I believe he was also in the RAF*

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 19.F.12.

Source: CWGC - info and photo via Genevieve Norris*, thanks.