Lancaster DS665 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.

ORB. 10th AUG., 1943.
14 aircraft took off between 21.45 hours & 22.10 hours to attack NUREMBURG.
1 aircraft (M.D.S.684 - Captain S/L. J. R. WATSON) was forced to abandon the sortie due to
Rear Gunner lead to economizer being unserviceable and returned to Base early after jettisoning his bombs safe.
12 aircraft identified the target by means of red & white flares and green target indicator markers,
on which they dropped their bombs from heights ranging between 15,000 feet and 22,000 feet.
A large explosion was seen (G.D.S.667 - Captain F/S. BLACKWELL. F.) at about 01.30 hours and the fires,
which could be seen over 100 miles away, appeared to be scattered. Photographs were attempted.
One aircraft failed to return from Operations.
A telephone message was received at the station at 18,00 hours on 11th August, 1943 from R.A.F. Statio, DETLING,
stating that this aircraft had crashed 5 miles South East of MAIDSTONE (later given as East Hall Farm, Boughton, Monchelsea, Kent) -
all the Crew being killed.

05.40. 13 aircraft had returned safely to Base.

Lancaster DS665Erwin John Henry Erwin John Henry - Pilot

F/O - Service No 125507

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Maidstone Cemetery, BoroughKent - plot CC.1. grave 62.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by JS

Fannan Lawrence Peter Fannan Lawrence Peter - FE

Sgt - Service No 1673319

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of Francis and Elizabeth Fannan, of Wibsey, Bradford.

Bradford (Bowling) Cemetery, West Bowling, Metropolitan Borough of Bradford,
West Yorkshire - grave Z.1257

Source: CWGC - Find a Grave.

Lancaster DS665Chesser Ronald Etheridge Chesser Ronald Etheridge - Nav

F/O - Service No 138785

Age: 27

RAFVR

Son of William Etheridge Chesser and Ethel May Chesser,
of Nottingham.
Husband of Margery Florence Chesser.

Carlton Cemetery, Nottingham Unitary AuthorityNottinghamshire -
grave A.M.6.163.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Irish

Oliver Gilbert Edward Oliver Gilbert EdwardOliver Gilbert Edward - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1130155

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Timothy Edward and Ivy Leah Oliver, of Hackney.

Abney Park Cemetery Stoke Newington, London - grave J.4.59342.

Source: CWGC - Photos on Find a grave

Lancaster DS665Gardner Norman Philip Gardner Norman Philip - BA

F/O - Service No 132378

Age:

RAFVR

Son of Charles and Bertha Gardner.
Husband of Karen M. Gardner, of Alresford.

Winchester (Magdalen Hill) Cemetery Chilcomb, Hants. - grave F.1.105.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by julia&keld

Lancaster DS665Merritt Frederick Henry Merritt Frederick Henry - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1336498

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Frederick George and Edith Merritt, of Hounslow.

Heston (St. Leonard) Churchyard, Heston & Isleworth, Middlesex - Old Ground grave 5.BR.16.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by julia&keld

Bettridge Oliver AugustusBettridge Oliver Augustus Bettridge Oliver Augustus - RG

F/S - Service No R161867

Age: 21

RCAF

Son of Henry A. Bettridge and Caroline Bettridge,
of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.

Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking Surrey - grave 45.E2.

Source: CWGC - photos: Canadian Virtual War Memorial - Find a Grave by Retired QA.