20/21 February 1944
Lancaster Mk II - LL729 A4-B
|T/O Witchford 0017 - target Stuttgart, Germany. On return journey at 0645 hours the a/c crashed, through cause unknown, at Shillington, Beds killing all crew.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
598 aircraft - 460 Lancasters, 126 Halifaxes, 12 Mosquitos - to Stuttgart.
The North Sea sweep and the Munich diversion successfully drew the German fighters up 2 hours before the main bomber force flew inland.
9 aircraft - 7 Lancasters and 2 Halifaxes - were lost, 1.5 per cent of the force. 4 further Lancasters and 1 Halifax crashed in England.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary February 1944.
|Wood William Kenneth - Pilot
F/S - Service No 28031
Son of Harold Robert and Mary Belle Wood.
Cambridge City Cemetery - grave 14355.
|Batchelor Christopher Richard - FE
Sgt - Service No 1581875
Adopted son of Oliver and Florence A. Rees, of Rugby.
Rugby (Hillmorton) Cemetery, Warwickshire - grave B48.
|Paton John Howie - Nav
F/S - Service No 423326
Age: 21 - °8 Apr 1922 Rozelle NSW
Son of John Howie Paton and Dorothy Annie Magdalene Paton, of Eastwood, New South Wales, Australia.
Cambridge City Cemetery - grave 14354.
Source: CWGC - photo via David Barlow RAAFDB.Com
|Melton Ronald - WOP
Sgt - Service No 1577288
Son of John William and Ethel Emily Melton, of South Collingham.
South Collingham (St. John the Baptist) Churchyard, Notts. - grave ?
Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by S. C; Smith
|Hulley George - BA
Sgt - Service No 967597
Ashton-under-Lyne (Hurst) Cemetery, Lancs. - grave P.113.
|Hosgood Frederick Ernest - MUG
Sgt - Service No 1852744
Son of Frederick and Louisa Hosgood, of St. Judes, Plymouth.
Plymouth Old Cemetery (Pennycomequick), Devon - K.3.68.
|Edwards Walter Victor Lawrence - RG
Sgt - Service No 924350
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Edward Edwards, of Shipton Bellinger, Hampshire.
Ludgershall (St. James) Churchyard, Wilts. - grave 5.5.
Source: CWGC - Photo via FB Ludgershall Shout Out