Lancaster LM725 14/15 February 1945

Lancaster Mk III - LM725 KO-X

T/O Witchford 2037 - target Chemnitz, Germany.

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

499 Lancasters and 218 Halifaxes of Nos 1, 3,4,6 and 8 Groups to continue Operation Thunderclap.

This raid took place in two phases, 3 hours apart.
A very elaborate diversion plan succeeded in keeping bomber casualties down but Chemnitz was also
spared from the worst effects of its first major RAF raid. Both parts of the bomber force found the target
area covered by cloud and only skymarking could be employed.
Post-raid reconnaissance showed that many parts of the city were hit but that most of the bombing was in open country.

8 Lancasters and 5 Halifaxes lost.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary February 1945.

ORB 14th Feb. 1945..
21 aircraft were detailed to attack the target.
All but one aircraft took off. This failure to take off was due to unserviceability of starboard inner engine.
The remaining aircraft proceeded to the target and carried out their duty but one
(Captain P/O. SLOGROVE, E. A.) failed to return from operations - no news having been received.
bombing was on skymarkers - through 10/10 cloud and although cloud obscured results -
the attack was considered concentrated with a little scattering.
Target was well alight, with a glow on clouds, several fires burning in build up area, bomb flashes and big explosions.
Incendiaries were concentrated round target and woods to the South East appeared to be on fire.
The target was seen burning 120 miles before arrival.
1 ME.110, 1 unidentified fighter and fighter flares seen.
flak slight inaccurate at first but became strong predicted later.
Searchlights ineffective. Triers searchlights were active and Nurberg also.
bombed from 17500 to 21000ft.

0458. All but one aircraft had returned safely to Base.

Lancaster LM725 Slogrove Edward Arthur Slogrove Edward Arthur "Ted"- Pilot

F/O - Service No 137392

Age: - 1918 in Wandsworth, London

RAFVR

Son of Percy Clifford Slogrove and Violet May Morley of London.
Married Isobel Bekker in South Africa during WW2.
One son, Slogrove Anthony Peter.

Haveluy Communal Cemetery Departement North, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC - Photo via ww2cemeteries.com, by Jöel Deudon -
more info on Rootsweb Ancestry - Find a Grave.

Lancaster LM725Booker Raymond Stanley Royden Booker Raymond Stanley Royden - FE

Sgt - Service No 1615924

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Booker, of Hertford.
Husband of May Booker, of Whitley Bay, Northumberland.

Haveluy Communal Cemetery Departement North, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC - Photo via ww2cemeteries.com, by Jöel Deudon - Find a Grave.

Freakes Kenneth Freakes Kenneth - Nav

F/S - Service No 1604876

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Herbert and Violet Freakes, of West Ewell, Surrey.

Haveluy Communal Cemetery Departement North, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC - photo via Aircrew Remembered - Find a Grave.

Lancaster LM725Sanderson Gerald Sanderson Gerald - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1589903

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Haveluy Communal Cemetery Departement North, France - collective grave.
INSCRIPTION: BELOVED HUSBAND OF NANCY DEVOTED
FATHER OF ROBIN REMEMBERED WITH LOVE, GRATITUDE AND PRIDE.

Source: CWGC - Photo via ww2cemeteries.com, by Jöel Deudon - Find a Grave.

Lancaster LM725Hegan Francis Joseph Hegan Francis Joseph - BA

F/O - Service No 163723

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Haveluy Communal Cemetery Departement North, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC - Photo via ww2cemeteries.com, by Jöel Deudon - Find a Grave.

Lancaster LM725Davies Leslie Davies Leslie - MUG

Sgt - Service No 2205993

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Haveluy Communal Cemetery Departement North, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC - Photo via ww2cemeteries.com, by Jöel Deudon - Find a Grave.

Lancaster LM725Eckford Robert Ivor Peter Eckford Robert Ivor Peter - RG

Sgt - Service No 2225711

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Robert D. S. Eckford and Violette M. Eckford, of Formby, Lancashire.

Haveluy Communal Cemetery Departement North, France - collective grave.

Source: CWGC - Photo via ww2cemeteries.com, by Jöel Deudon - Find a Grave.