18/19 March 1944

Lancaster Mk II - LL640 A4-C

T/O Witchford 1946 - target Frankfurt, Germany.

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

846 aircraft - 620 Lancasters, 209 Halifaxes, 17 Mosquitos - to Frankfurt.

The German fighter force was again split. One part was lured north by the Heligoland mining operation but the second part waited in Germany and met the bomber stream just before the target was reached, although cloud made it difficult for these fighters to achieve much success.

The Pathfinders marked the target accurately and this led to heavy bombing of eastern, central and western districts of Frankfurt. The later phases of the bombing were scattered but this was almost inevitable with such a large force; new crews were usually allocated to the final waves.

22 aircraft - 12 Halifaxes, 10 Lancasters - were lost, 2.6 per cent of the force.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary March 1944.

Frampton Allan Stanley Frampton Allan Stanley - Pilot

P/O - Service No 42389

Age: 32


Son of Frederick Framptonand Martha Hight of Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
Fiencee Gladys Butterick +July 1988, age 76.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8.B.18.

Source: CWGC - photo and his story LL640.talktalk.net

Price S Price S. - FE

Sgt - Service No 1582682

Age: - POW No 3422 Stalag 357.


Son of

His diary for Saturday March 18th 1944 source LL640.talktalk.net

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

Rivers Ronald Geoffrey Rivers Ronald Geoffrey "Ronnie" - Nav

F/S - Service No 1386079

Age: 19


Son of James and Ethel Rivers, North London

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8.B.17.

Source: CWGC - photo LL640.talktalk.net

Back Row

F/S Hennessy
Sgt Price
Sgt Ansell
P/O Winters

Front Row

F/S Rivers
P/O Frampton
Sgt Willis-Culpitt

Photo Family Rivers LL640.talktalk.net

Ansell Benjamin Edward Ansell Benjamin Edward - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1397244

Age: 21


Son of Earnest Alfred and Rhoda Kathleen Ansell of Bexleyheath, Kent, 5 children.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8.B.16.

Source: CWGC photo LL640.talktalk.net

Willis-Culpitt Peter Frederick Willis-Culpitt Peter Frederick - BA

Sgt - Service No 1323441

Age: 22


Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Willis-Culpitt.
Husband of Dorothy Willis-Culpitt of Kilburn, Middlesex

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8.B.19.

Source: CWGC - photo Wedding Day and story from his brother LL640.talktalk.net

Hennessey Thomas William Hennessey Thomas William - MUG

F/S - Service No 412314

Age: 31


Son of Herbert and Mary Alice Hennessy of West Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8.B.15.

Source: CWGC - photo and more info LL640.talktalk.net

Winters Charles Hugh Winters Charles Hugh - RG

P/O - Service No J92602

Age: - ┬░Hatherton


Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Winters, Maxwell village, norty.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8.B.14.