Lancaster DS715 2/3 August 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS715 KO-Q

T/O East Wretham 2355 - target Hamburg, Germany.
Crew on the 4th operation.
This a/c was seen by another crew to be struck by lightning and explode.
A furious electrical storm was raging over the Continent that night.
It crashed SW of Harburg, Germany.

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

740 aircraft - 329 Lancasters, 235 Halifaxes, 105 Stirlings, 66 Wellingtons,
5 Mosquitos despatched on a failed raid to Hamburg.

The bombing force encountered a large thunderstorm area over Germany and many crews turned back
early or bombed alternative targets.
At least 4 aircraft, probably more, were lost because of icing, turbulence or were struck by lightning.
No Pathfinder marking was possible at Hamburg and only scattered bombing took place there.
Many other towns in a 100-mile area of Northern Germany received a few bombs.
A sizeable raid developed on the small town of Elmshorn, 12 miles from Hamburg.
It is believed that a flash of lightning set a house on fire here and bomber crews saw this through
a gap in the storm clouds and started to bomb the fire.

30 aircraft - 13 Lancasters, 10 Halifaxes, 4 Wellingtons, 3 Stirlings - lost, 4.1 per cent of the force.

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

ORB. 2th Aug., 1943.
15 aircraft took off between 23.21 hours & 23.55 hours to attack HAMBURG.
Electrical storms & severe icing was experienced & 3 aircraft failed to return from operations.
Lancaster Mk II DS673 KO-Q, 7 KIA. - Lancaster Mk II DS685 KO-A, 7 KIA.
2 aircraft were forced to abandon the sortie
(R.D.S.683 - Captain F/O. R. L. BARNES) - (W.D.S.620 - Captain F/L. K. EGGLESTON)
due to oxygen and inter-com, failure & returned to Base early after jettisoning their bombs.
The remaining 9 aircraft were unable to reach the aircraft due to weather conditions or
Flak barrage but bombed different targets, such as

BREMERHAVEN, (D.D.S.629 - Captain Sgt. TINN. F. - starboard outer engine catching fire
& sustaining 2 holes in wing due to Flak.)

WESERMUNDE, (F.D.S.661 - Captain F/L. J. T. ANDERSON - starboard outer engine became
overheated & aircraft come into a Flak barrage, bombs jettisoned to gain manoeuvre ability)

WILHELMSBURG, (H.D.S.630 - Captain W/O. NOXON. E.)
10 miles West of HAMBURG (N.D.S.665 - Captain F/O. J. H. CHRISTIANSEN - heavy thunderstorm & severe icing),
CUXHAVEN, (K.D.S.658 - Captain F/S. PEATE. R. - electrical storms and icing, controls were effected)
BREMERVORDE, (M.D.S.684 - Captain F/S. BLACKWELL. F. - severe icing)
BUCHHOLZ, (U.D.S.670 - Captain F/S. BRADFORD. E.)
WENZENDORF, (Y.D.S.682 - Captain Sgt. HOWELL. A. - Port inner constant speed unit & magneto unserviceable)

from heights ranging between 8,000 feet and 28,000 feet.
Glow of fires was seen on leaving enemy coast. Photographs attempted.

05.40. 11 aircraft had returned safely to Base.

Mosen Robert JohnMosen Robert John Mosen Robert John - Pilot

P/O - Service No 41350

Age: 24

RNZAF

Son of Robert John and Gertrude Ellen Mosen, of Raetihi, Wellington, New Zealand,
and stepson of Louisa Kate Mosen, of Raetihi.

Hamburg (Ohlsdorf) Cemetery, Hamburg-Nord, Hamburg - grave 5A. N. 9.

Source: CWGC - photo via NZ War graves. - Find a Grave.

Evans Leonard ThomasEvans Leonard Thomas Evans Leonard Thomas - FE

Sgt - Service No 1652992

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of Thomas and Alice C. Evans, of Treforest, Glamorgan.
Husband of Gwendoline Evans, of Great Barr, Birmingham.

Hamburg (Ohlsdorf) Cemetery - collective grave 5A. N. 10-12.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by The Dark Poet

Jeffrey Francis WalterJeffrey Francis Walter Jeffrey Francis Walter - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1537056

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Francis Henry and Jessie Jeffrey, of Manchester.

Becklingen War Cemetery - grave 11. A. 16.

Source: CWGC - Find a Grave by PupDawg.

Cavanagh EdwardCavanagh Edward Cavanagh Edward - WOP

Sgt - Service No 646879

Age:

RAF

Son of James and Agnes Cavanagh*.

Hamburg (Ohlsdorf) Cemetery - collective grave 5A. N. 10-12.

Source: CWGC - photo and info* via Anne Barbour, Thanks - Find a grave by The dark poet

Talbot James Leonard KeithTalbot James Leonard Keith Talbot James Leonard Keith - BA

F/S - Service No 42113

Age: 32

RNZAF

Son of

Hamburg (Ohlsdorf) Cemetery - collective grave 5A. N. 10-12.

Source: CWGC - photo Auckland War Memorial Museum - Find a grave by The Dark Poet

Innes Frank FaulksInnes Frank Faulks Innes Frank Faulks - MUG

F/S - Service No 410338

Age: 23

RAAF

Son of John McLeod Innes and Alice May Innes, of Mathoura, New South Wales, Australia.

Hamburg (Ohlsdorf) Cemetery - collective grave 5A. N. 10-12.

Source: CWGC - photo via Find a grave, by Bobby

Richards Fred James Lancaster DSRichards Fred James - RG

Sgt - Service No 1602799

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Norman and Agnes Mary Richards, of Wickham, Hampshire.

Becklingen War Cemetery - grave 11. A. 15.

Source: CWGC - photo: Find a grave by Operation Picture Me.