13/14 July 1943|
Lancaster Mk II - DS660 KO-P
Shot down by a night fighter and crashed near Grevillers in the Pas-de-Calais some 3km WNW of Bapaume, France.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
374 aircraft - 214 Halifaxes, 76 Wellingtons, 55 Stirlings, 18 Lancasters, 11 Mosquitos ordered to Aachen.
A strong tail wind brought the first waves of the Main Force into the target area before Zero Hour with the result that,
when the first Pathfinder markers were released, an unusually large number of aircraft bombed in the first minutes of the raid.
The visibility was good and large areas of Aachen appeared to burst into flame at once.
In the words of the report from Aachen, 'A Terrorangriff [Terrorattack] of the most severe scale was delivered.'
2 Oboe Mosquitos carried out a diversion for the Aachen raid by dropping target indicators over Cologne.
20 aircraft - 15 Halifaxes, 2 Lancasters, 2 Wellingtons, 1 Stirling - lost, 5.3 per cent of the force.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary July 1943.
ORB. 13th July, 1943.
17 aircraft took off between 23.55 hours & 00.35 hours to attack target AACHEN.
2 aircraft were forced to abandon the sortie, one (L.D.S.680 - Captain F/S. PEATE. R.) due to developing of violent shudder
& the other (B.D.S.691 - Captain Sgt. JOLL. W.) due to inability to climb & starboard outer engine overheating & losing power,
& both returned to Base early after jettisoning their 8,000 lb. H.C., safe (but seen to explode) and bringing back their incendiaries.
15 aircraft located the target by means of the tracking flares & bombed the red & green target markers from heights ranging
between 16,000 feet & 21,000 feet.
A few concentrated fires & a large explosion at 01.46 hours were seen (H.D.S.630 - Captain W/O. NOXON. E.) b
ut most of the results were unobserved due to cloud, although the glow of fires was seen through the clouds.
Leaflets were dropped & photographs attempted.
1 aircraft sustained holes in fuselage & rear turret due to flak.
(X.D.S.664 - Captain F/S. WOLFSON. F., also fires & explosions were observed from 50 miles away.)
2 aircraft failed to return from Operations. (Lancaster Mk II DS690 KO-C, 6 KIA, 1 POW)
05.00. 15 aircraft had returned safely to Base.
Photos of the 2013 remembrance ceremony at France.
at 70 ans après le crash du lancaster à Metz-en-Couture
F/O - Service No J5829
Age: - POW No 1778 Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria. +1988 California.
Source: Aircrew Remembered.
Sgt - Service No 1653104
Son of John and Harriet E. Jones, of Morfa, Llamlelly, Carmarthenshire.
Grevillers British Cemetery, Departement Pas-de-Calais, France - grave 18. E. 25.
P/O - Service No 138396
Grevillers British Cemetery, Departement Pas-de-Calais, France - grave 18. E. 26.
Sgt - Service No 1077619
Son of Arthur and Margaret Williams, of Bolton, Lancashire.
Husband of Nellie Williams, of Bolton.
Grevillers British Cemetery, Departement Pas-de-Calais, France - joint grave 18. E. 21-22.
F/O - Service No 131977
Son of Thomas Frederick and Ada Yates, of Hampstead, London.
Husband of Enid Yates, of Hampstead.
Grevillers British Cemetery, Departement Pas-de-Calais, France - grave 18. E. 24.
Sgt - Service No 1044231
Grevillers British Cemetery, Departement Pas-de-Calais, France -
joint grave 18. E. 21-22.