25/26 June 1943
Lancaster Mk II - DS666 KO-J
|T/O East Wretham 2354 - target Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Lost without trace.
Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II DS663 KO-C, 7 KIA
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
473 aircraft ordered to Gelsenkirchen - 214 Lancasters, 134 Halifaxes, 73 Stirlings, 40 Wellingtons, 12 Mosquitos.
This was the first raid to the city since 1941, when it had been one of Bomber Command's regular 'oil targets', although, being in the middle of the Ruhr, this town had often been hit when other targets were attacked.
The raid was not a success. The target was obscured by cloud and the Oboe Mosquitos, for once, failed to produce regular and accurate marking since 5 of the 12 Oboe aircraft found that their equipment was unserviceable.
30 aircraft - 13 Lancasters, 7 Halifaxes, 6 Stirlings, 4 Wellingtons - were lost, 6.3 per cent of the force.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary June 1943.
|Rashley Ronald Frederick - Pilot
Sgt - Service No 1336977
Runnymede Memorial - panel 162
Source: CWGC - photo Aircrew Remembered courtesy Ellin Bessner.
|Beeston Frank Lynford - FE
Sgt - Service No 1425681
Son of William and Florence Edith Beeston, of Chilwell, Nottinghamshire.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 142
|Sibbald Clyde Maxwell - Nav
Sgt - Service No 1049563
Son of John Patrick and Carlotta Sibbald, of Wallsend, Northumberland.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 164
|Corns Alexander - WOP
Sgt - Service No 1131924
Runnymede Memorial - panel 146
|Davidson Gideon - BA
Sgt - Service No J20818
Son of Jacob Davidson (mother +) of 2509 West 18th Avenue, Vancouver.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 173
Source: CWGC - photo Aircrew Remembered courtesy Chris Sibbald.
|Green Ernest - MUG
Sgt - Service No 1581444
Son of Frederick and Sabina Green, of Braunstone, Leicestershire.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 151
|Worsdale Albert - RG
Sgt - Service No 1577574
Son of John Edward and Bertha Worsdale, of Lincoln.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 170