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.

ORB. 18th MAR 1944
23 aircraft (8 from 'A' Flight, 8 from 'B' Flight and 7 from 'C' Flight)
were detailed to attack FRANKFURT, but one failed to take off.
22 aircraft took off between 1935 and 1955 hours.
1 aircraft (A/C. A.DS.682 - Captain W/O. L. HEMMING) had to abandon the sortie when its
8,000 lb bomb was released at 52.22N and 0010E, returning to base with remainder of bombs.
Aircraft M.DS.629 (Captain F/S. WILLIAMS), I.) was attacked by 3 fighters.
Port outer engine hit, front and rear turrets sprayed. The port outer engine caught fire over target
and was extinguished but became unserviceable. No power in starboard outer engine.
The rear gunner (Sgt. MC RAE.) was wounded and taken to hospital on return of the aircraft
which landed at COLTISHALL.
Aircraft V.DS.620 (Captain F/S. BIRNIE) overshot FRANKFURT and bombed edge of
searchlight area at LUDWIGSHAFEN.
Aircraft C.LL640 (Captain P/O. A. FRAMPTON) missing from operations - no news since take off.
The remainder of the aircraft identified the target by red and green target indicators and bombed from
heights varying between 19,000 and 21,500 feet.
PFF considered scattered, green indicators covered area of at least 10 miles.
Many fires were seen and a number of explosions. Photographs were attempted.
A/C. A.LL.695 (Captain F/O. MARTIN) attacked by ME 110. Damage to fuselage (through to top) and inter-comm.
Mid-upper (Sgt. HOLLIS) baled out during this engagement - nothing heard of him since.

0127. 19 aircraft returned to base.
1 aircraft landed at COLTISHALL at 0224 hours and
1 (A/C. N.LL.704 - Captain S/L. C. H. BAIGENT, DFC & Bar) at MEPAL at 0050 hours.

LL640 Back Row

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

Front Row

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

Photo via Family Rivers epizy.com

Frampton Allan StanleyFrampton Allan Stanley Frampton Allan Stanley - Pilot

P/O - Service No 42389

Age: 32

RNZAF

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

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8.B.18.

Source: CWGC - photo and his story on epizy.com - Find a grave by Fred.

Price S Price S. - FE

Sgt - Service No 1582682

Age: - POW No 3422 Stalag 357.

RAFVR

Son of

His diary for Saturday March 18th 1944.

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

Rivers Ronald GeoffreyRivers Ronald Geoffrey Rivers Ronald Geoffrey "Ronnie" - Nav

F/S - Service No 1386079

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of James and Ethel Rivers, North London

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8.B.17.

Source: CWGC - photo from epizy.com - Find a grave by Des Philippet.

Ansell Benjamin EdwardAnsell Benjamin Edward Ansell Benjamin Edward - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1397244

Age: 21

RAFVR

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

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8.B.16.

Source: CWGC - photo from epizy.com - Find a grave by Des Philippet.

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

Sgt - Service No 1323441

Age: 22

RAFVR

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: Find a grave by Des Philippet -
Wedding Day and story from his brother.

Hennessey Thomas WilliamHennessey Thomas William Hennessey Thomas William - MUG

F/S - Service No 412314

Age: 31

RAAF

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 on epizy.com - Find a grave by fred.

Winters Charles HughWinters Charles Hugh Winters Charles Hugh - RG

P/O - Service No J92602

Age: 20 - ┬░Hatherton

RCAF

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

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8.B.14.

Source: CWGC - photo via Canadian virtual war memorial. - Find a grave by Des Philippet.