22/23 April 1944|
Lancaster Mk III - ND753 KO-K
Shot down by flak and crashed bursting into flames on impact with the ground at
Unterbach, 7 Km SE of Dusseldorf.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan -
more photo's and info Aircrew Remembered
596 aircraft - 323 Lancasters, 254 Halifaxes, 19 Mosquitos - of all groups except No 5.
2,150 tons of bombs were dropped in this old-style heavy attack on a German city which caused much
destruction but also allowed the German night-fighter force to penetrate the bomber stream.
The attack fell mostly in the northern districts of Düsseldorf. Widespread damage was caused.
29 aircraft - 16 Halifaxes and 13 Lancasters - lost, 4.9 percent of the force.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary April 1944.
ORB. 22nd APRIL 1944.
21 aircraft (8 from 'A' Flight - 7 from 'B' Flight and 6 from 'C' flight)
were detailed to attack DUSSELDORF and took off between 23.01 hours and 23.29 hours.
In very clear weather the attack was identified by red and green target indicators and visually by river.
Path Finder Force were very well concentrated and this raid is considered the best of the month.
Many fires, visible for 100 miles, and large explosions were observed.
Bombs and incendiaries were dropped from heights varying between 17,500 feet and 23,000 feet.
Whole area was well alight giving off big columns of smoke.
Some crews reported fires were the largest ever seen.
Marshalling yards could be seen from the explosion of bombs.
Aircraft K.ND.753 (Captain P/O. R. CHANTLER) reported missing from operations - no news since take-off.
Photographs were taken.
03.44. 20 aircraft had returned to base.
P/O - Service No 172981
Son of William and Mary Chantler,
of Jarvis Brook, Crowborough, Sussex.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave joint grave 7. D. 1-2.
P/O - Service No 175327
Son of James and Janet B. Tweedie.
Husband of Dorothy Ethel Tweedie,
of Kensington, London.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. C. 18.
F/O - Service No 145376
Son of James Lawson Drew and Mary Walker Drew,
of Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire. B.A. (Oxon.).
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - joint grave 7. D. 1-2.
Sgt - Service No 1575026
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. E. 3.
W/O II - Service No R162649
Son of James Henry and Anne Jane Francis,
of Steveston, British Columbia, Canada.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. E. 4.
P/O - Service No 17786
Son of John Joseph Waldron Brown and Grace Agnes Brown.
Husband of Frances Gertrude Brown, of Albany, Western Australia.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - grave 7. C. 17.