27/28 January 1944

Lancaster Mk II - LL682 KO-P

T/O Witchford 1805 - target Berlin, Germany. Lost without trace. Last heard on W/T at 0055hrs transmitting a weak SOS. The transmission was extremely weak but put the Lancaster on a bearing of 020 degrees from RAF Binbrook. An intense ASR search was undertaken but sadly nothing was found of the young crew.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II LL668 A4-H, 7 KIA

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - Royal Air Force Commands.com

515 Lancasters and 15 Mosquitos despatched to Berlin.

The German fighters were committed to action earlier than normal, some being sent out 75 miles over the North Sea from the Dutch coast. A number of elaborate feints and diversions had some effect; Half of the German fighters were lured north by the Heligoland mining diversion and action in the main bomber stream was less intense than on recent nights.
The target was cloud-covered again and skymarking had to be used. Bomber Command was not able to make any assessment of the raid except to state that the bombing appeared to have been spread well up and down wind.

33 Lancasters lost, 6.4 per cent of the heavy force.

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

Morris Arnold Morris Arthur Charles Arnold - Pilot

F/S - Service No 1168349

Age: 22


Son of Charles Roland and Kate Reeve Morris, of Castle Church, Staffordshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 220

Source: CWGC.

Booth Frederick William Booth Frederick William - FE

Sgt - Service No 1588960

Age: 19


Son of William and Bridget Booth, of Bolton, Lancashire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 225

Source: CWGC.

Omnet William Houston Pollock Omnet William Houston Pollock - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1344854



Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 235

Source: CWGC.

Rutherford-Browne Anthony Rutherford-Browne Anthony - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1320368



Son of - One brother Douglas more info Newsshopper.co

Runnymede Memorial - panel 237

Source: CWGC.

Booth James Robert Booth James Robert - BA

F/O - Service No J22097

Age: 20


Son of James Angus Wilson Booth and Sadie Katherine Booth, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 245

Source: CWGC.

Stone Leonard Stone Leonard - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1259098

Age: 23


Son of Horace and Annie Stone, of Forest Gate, Essex.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 238

Source: CWGC.

Keel Arnold Thomas Keel Arnold Thomas - RG

Sgt - Service No 850281



Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 232

Source: CWGC.