10/11 August 1943
Lancaster Mk II - DS665 KO-N
|T/O little Snoring 2205 - target Nuremberg, Germany. Broke up in mid air at 0430 hours and crashed at East Hall Farm, Boughton, Monchelsea, Kent.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
653 aircraft - 318 Lancasters, 216 Halifaxes, 119 Stirlings to Nuremberg.
The Pathfinders attempted to ground-mark the city and, although their markers were mostly obscured by cloud, a useful attack developed in the central and southern parts of Nuremberg. The Lorenzkirche, the largest of the city's old churches, was badly damaged and about 50 of the houses in the preserved Altstadt were destroyed. There was a large 'fire area' in the Wöhrd district.
16 aircraft - 7 Halifaxes, 6 Lancasters, 3 Stirlings - lost, 2.5 per cent of the force.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary August 1943.
|Erwin John Henry - Pilot
F/O - Service No 125507
Maidstone Cemetery - plot CC.1. grave 62.
|Fannan Lawrence Peter - FE
Sgt - Service No 1673319
Son of Francis and Elizabeth Fannan, of Wibsey, Bradford.
Bradford (Bowling) Cemetery - grave Z.1257
|Chesser Ronald Etheridge - Nav
F/O - Service No 138785
Son of William Etheridge Chesser and Ethel May Chesser, of Nottingham.
Carlton Cemetery, Notts. - grave A.M.6.163.
|Oliver Gilbert Edward - WOP
Sgt - Service No 1130155
Son of Timothy Edward and Ivy Leah Oliver, of Hackney.
Abney Park Cemetery Stoke Newington, London - grave J.4.59342.
|Gardner Norman Philip - BA
F/O - Service No 132378
Son of Charles and Bertha Gardner.
Winchester (Magdalen Hill) Cemetery Chilcomb, Hants. - grave F.1.105.
|Merritt Frederick Henry - MUG
Sgt - Service No 1336498
Son of Frederick George and Edith Merritt, of Hounslow.
Heston (St. Leonard) Churchyard, Heston & Isleworth, Middlesex - Old Ground grave 5.BR.16.
|Bettridge Oliver Augustus - RG
F/S - Service No R161867
Son of Henry A. Bettridge and Caroline Bettridge, of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.
Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking Surrey - grave 45.E2.
Source: CWGC - photo Canadian Virtual War Memorial