Lancaster DS782 22/23 November 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS782 KO-K

T/O little Snoring 1740 - target Berlin, Germany.
Lost without a trace.

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

Berlin attacked by 764 aircraft - 469 Lancasters, 234 Halifaxes, 50 Stirlings, 11 Mosquitos.

This was the greatest force sent to Berlin so far but it was also the last raid in which Stirlings were sent to Germany.
Bad weather again kept most of the German fighters on the ground and the bomber force was able to take a relatively
'straight in, straight out' route to the target without suffering undue loss.

26 aircraft - 11 Lancasters, 10 Halifaxes, 5 Stirlings - were lost, 3.4 per cent of the force.

Berlin was again completely cloud-covered and returning crews could only estimate that the marking and bombing
were believed to be accurate,
in fact, this was the most effective raid on Berlin of the war.
A vast area of destruction stretched from the central districts westwards across the mainly residential areas of
Tiergarten and Charlottenburg to the separate suburb city of Spandau. Because of the dry weather conditions,
several 'firestorm' areas were reported and a German plane next day measured the height of the smoke cloud
as 6,000 metres (nearly 19,000 ft).

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

ORB. 22/11/43.
14 aircraft took off between 17.24 and 17.55 hours to attack BERLIN.
2 of the aircraft were forced to abandon the sortie due to
(F.D.S.682 - Capt. F/Lt. G. Y. MACKIE - guns ceased firing after three rounds)
rear turret gun trouble and
(X.D.S.664. - Capt. P/O. L. J. HALLY) electrical failure in the rear turret respectively, and both returned to base
early after jettisoning their bombs safely.
2 aircraft failed to return from operations. Lancaster Mk II DS764 KO-S, 1 KIA, 6 POW.
The remainder identified the target by means of red and green target indicator markers on which they dropped
their bombs, from heights ranging between 18,000 feet and 22,000 feet.
A large explosion was seen at 20.21 hours and the glow of the fires could be seen from over HANOVER.
Photographs were attempted. The attack appeared to be successful.

(G.D.S.667 - Capt. F/S. JAMES, C. - was hit by heavy Flak)

00.50. 12 aircraft had returned safely to base.

Harris John Harris John - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1452502

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Fred and Ellen Harris, of Armthorpe, Yorkshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 152

Source: CWGC.

Hughes Desmond Howard Hughes Desmond Howard - FE

Sgt - Service No 1831558

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of David William and Ethel Muriel Hughes, of Ton-y-Pandy, Glamorgan.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 154

Source: CWGC.

Bools Martin Bools Martin - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1585666

Age: 24

RAFVR

Son of Charles Reginald and Kate Ann Penrose Bools, of Bristol.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 143

Source: CWGC.

Wilson Alexander Wilson Alexander - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1434808

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 170

Source: CWGC.

Smith Stanley MauriceSmith Stanley Maurice Smith Stanley Maurice - BA

F/O - Service No J23734

Age: 22

RCAF

Son of Henry A. and Esther Smith, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 174

Source: CWGC. - Photo via Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Morley Daniel Charles Morley Daniel Charles - MUG

F/S - Service No 425719

Age: 27

RAAF

Son of George Bassett Morley and Sarah Mabel Jane Morley.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 193

Source: CWGC.

Hurn Henry Andrew Ronald Hurn Henry Andrew Ronald - RG

Sgt - Service No 1501801

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Harry Alfred and Alice Louisa Hurn, of Caversham, Berkshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 154

Source: CWGC.