Lancaster DS684 16/17 August 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS684 KO-M

T/O little Snoring 2025 - target Turin, Northern Italy.
Shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Alencon, France.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.

154 aircraft of 3 and No 8 Groups - 103 Stirlings, 37 Halifaxes, 14 Lancasters to Turin.

This raid concluded the Bomber Command attacks on Italian cities which had commenced in June 1940.

4 aircraft - 2 Halifaxes, 1 Lancaster, 1 Stirling - lost.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary August 1943.

ORB. 16th Aug., 1943.
14 aircraft took off between 20.15 hours & 20.30 hours to attack TURIN.
1 (U.D.S.721 - Captain F/S. BRADFORD. E.) was forced to abandon the sortie due to rear turret
being unserviceable & returned to base early after jettisoning his 4,000 lb. H.C. safe
& bringing back his incendiaries.
12 aircraft identified the target visually & by means of green target indicator
markers on which they dropped their bombs from heights ranging between 8,000 feet & 18,000 feet.
Several bomb bursts were observed & fires appeared to be concentrated.
A large explosion was seen round about 00.30 hours.
One of these aircraft (F.D.S.661 - Captain F/L. J. T. ANDERSON) was attacked by an enemy fighter
over the target and jettisoned his bombs live, violent corkscrew evasive action was taken
& the fighter broke off combat.
Damage was sustained to starboard fin, & aileron & a few holes were received in fuselage.
Photographs were attempted.
1 aircraft failed to return from operations.

05.30. 13 aircraft had returned from Operations.

Photo: Find a grave by Jacky Emery.

Lancaster ds684 Watson John RussellWatson John Russell Watson John Russell - Pilot

S/L - Service No 29029

Age:

RAF

Son of

Le Mans West Cemetery, Departement Sarthe, France -
Plot 38. 1939-45 Row A. Grave 6.

Source: CWGC - Photo via francecrashes39-45.net, by Claude Dannau - Find a Grave.

We thanks George Watson's College, Edinburgh, Schotland,
where he went to school for the photo.

Thanks to John Hamblin's research we have following story,

Watson, John Russell Squadron Leader 29029

115 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Killed in action on the 16th of August 1943 aged 34

John Russell Watson was born at Sian, Shensi, North China on the 9th of May 1909 the son of the Reverend James Wilson, a missionary,
of 93, Warrender Park Road, Edinburgh.
He was educated at Chefoo in China and at George Watson's College from 1923 to 1927.
On leaving school he was articled to a firm of architects in Edinburgh and joined the Territorial Army where he was commissioned as a
2nd Lieutenant in the 57th Medium (Lowland) Brigade, Royal Artillery on the 2nd of April 1929.

He decided on a career in the Royal Air Force and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer on probation on the 21st of February 1930.
He was confirmed in his rank on the 21st of February 1931 and was promoted to Flying Officer on the 21st of August 1931.
He was posted to India until 1935 when he returned to the UK.
He resigned his commission and passed into the Royal Air Force Reserve of Officers.

On the outbreak of war, he was mobilised with the rank of Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and was posted
to Training Command.
He was promoted to temporary Squadron Leader on the 1st of September 1941 and was confirmed in his rank on the 7th of August 1942.
He transferred to Fighter Command where he served in the North African campaign and later transferred once more to Bomber Command
where he flew on operations over Germany and Italy.

Lancaster DS684Heyes Adrian Bernard Heyes Adrian Bernard - FE

Sgt - Service No 577141

Age: 19

RAF

Son of Wilfred John and Dagmar Heyes, of Stechford, Birmingham.

Le Mans West Cemetery, Departement Sarthe, France -
Plot 38. 1939-45 Row A. Grave 4.

Source: CWGC - Photo via francecrashes39-45.net, by Claude Dannau - Find a Grave.

Crawshaw Robert Asworth Lancaster DS684Crawshaw Robert Asworth - Nav

F/S - Service No 417270

Age: 29

RNZAF

Son of Ashworth Holmes Crawshaw and Viola Augustina Crawshaw,
of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.
Brother of Shirley Margaret Fraser +1990; Florence Martha Crawshaw +1989
and Ivan David Crawshaw +1995.

Le Mans West Cemetery, Departement Sarthe, France -
Plot 38. 1939-45 Row A. Grave 8.

Source: CWGC - more info Geni com - Gail Ann Stapleton - francecrashes39-45.net, by Claude Dannau - Find a Grave.

Lancaster DS684Pettet Walter Bell Pettet Walter Bell - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1083351

Age: 31

RAFVR

Son of Cornelius and Margaret Ochiltree Stirling Pettet, of Edinburgh.
Husband of Jane Buist Pettet, of Edinburgh.

Le Mans West Cemetery, Departement Sarthe, France -
Plot 38. 1939-45 Row A. Grave 5.

Source: CWGC - Photo via francecrashes39-45.net, by Claude Dannau - Find a Grave.

Lancaster DS684Brook Charles Edward Brook Charles Edward - BA

Sgt - Service No 1549548

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Charles Edward and Annie Brook, of Boldon Colliery, Co. Durham.

Le Mans West Cemetery, Departement Sarthe, France -
Plot 38. 1939-45 Row A. Grave 7.

Source: CWGC - Photo via francecrashes39-45.net, by Claude Dannau - Find a Grave.

Lancaster DS684Clifford Richard Clifford Richard - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1272678

Age: 27

RAFVR

Son of Albert George and Kate Clifford.

Le Mans West Cemetery, Departement Sarthe, France -
Plot 38. 1939-45 Row A. Grave 3.

Source: CWGC - Photo via francecrashes39-45.net, by Claude Dannau - Find a Grave.

Lancaster DS684Eastwood Stanley Eastwood Stanley - RG

Sgt - Service No 1301034

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Le Mans West Cemetery, Departement Sarthe, France -
Plot 38. 1939-45 Row A. Grave 2.

Source: CWGC - Photo via francecrashes39-45.net, by Claude Dannau - Find a Grave.