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 Wood William Kenneth - Pilot

F/S - Service No 28031

Age: 28


Son of Harold Robert and Mary Belle Wood.

Cambridge City Cemetery - grave 14355.

Source: CWGC.

Batchelor Christopher Richard Batchelor Christopher Richard - FE

Sgt - Service No 1581875

Age: 21


Adopted son of Oliver and Florence A. Rees, of Rugby.

Rugby (Hillmorton) Cemetery, Warwickshire - grave B48.

Source: CWGC.

Paton John Howie 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 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 Hulley George - BA

Sgt - Service No 967597



Son of

Ashton-under-Lyne (Hurst) Cemetery, Lancs. - grave P.113.

Source: CWGC.

Hosgood Frederick Ernest Hosgood Frederick Ernest - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1852744

Age: 19


Son of Frederick and Louisa Hosgood, of St. Judes, Plymouth.

Plymouth Old Cemetery (Pennycomequick), Devon - K.3.68.

Source: CWGC.

Edwards Walter Victor Lawrence Edwards Walter Victor Lawrence - RG

Sgt - Service No 924350

Age: 24


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