Lancaster DS655 27/28 May 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS655 KO-W

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.

ORB. 27th May, 1943.
16 aircraft took off between 23.09 hours & 23.25 hours to attack target ESSEN.
15 aircraft located the target by means of tracking flares and release point flares on which they
dropped their bombs from heights ranging between 15,000 feet and 20,000 feet.
Two large explosions, one reddish with reddish smoke rising to 4,000 feet (N.D.S.647 - Captain P/O. D. F. BROWN) ,
and concentrated fires were observed. Leaflets were dropped & photographs attempted.
One aircraft (S.D.S.653 - Captain P/O. D. W. RHYS) sustained slight damage to mid upper perspex
through heavy Flak over target area.
One aircraft failed to return from Operations.

03.50. 15 aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.

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 BeaumontBaker 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 - photo via - Find a Grave.

Cooper George WilliamCooper 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 - photo via - Find a Grave.

Parker George AlbertParker 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 - photo via - Find a Grave.

Pye Halford Douglas Pye Halford DouglasPye 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 via Auckland War Memorial Museum more info tauranga Memories - - Find a Grave.

Williams David StuartWilliams 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 - - Find a Grave.

Reid Robert Ryland Reid Robert RylandReid 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. - - Find a Grave.