8 June 1944

Lancaster Mk III - ND761 A4-C

T/O Witchford 0033 - target Chevreuse, France.
Shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Les Breviaires (Seine-et-Oise), 6 Km NNW of Rambouillet.

The target was a major road bridge in Paris between Massy and Palaiseau.
Its destruction would seriously hamper the movement of reinforcements to the invasion Front.
To avoid loss of French cicilian life orders were to wait for the Master Bomber to verify that
the markers were correct before bombing took place.
There was thick ground haze and the Master Bomber went u/s.
The deputy took some time to get it all together and in the meantime the force of 337 bombers
sent to various targets around Paris waited.
It was a clear night and the night fighters descended.

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

337 aircraft - 195 Halifaxes, 122 Lancasters, 20 Mosquitos.

Attacks railway targets at Achères, Juvisy, Massey Palaiseau and Versailles.
Bombing conditions were better than on the previous night.
All targets were accurately bombed and, although no details are available,
it is probable that fewer civilians were killed.
The targets were mostly more distant from the battle front than those recently
attacked and German night fighters had more time to intercept the bomber forces.

17 Lancasters and 11 Halifaxes were lost, 8.3 per cent of the forces involved.

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

ORB 8th June 1944.
18 aircraft (5 from "A" Flt., 7 from "B" Flt;, & 6 from "C" Flt.)
were detailed to attack CHEVREUSE and all took off between 00.20 hours and 00.40 hours.
6 aircraft -
H.ND.790 (Captain P/O. S. FRANCIS), Lancaster Mk III - ND790 KO-H, 7 KIA
J.HK.552 (Captain P/O. J. TODD), Lancaster Mk I - HK552 KO-J, 6 KIA, 1 POW
W.HK.548 (Captain P/O. E. A. LAW), Lancaster Mk I - HK548, KO-W, 2 KIA, 5 EVA
C.ND.761 (Captain F/L. P. W. NORBURY),
H.LL.864 (Captain P/O. MAUDE) Lancaster Mk I - LL864, A4-H2, 7 KIA &
K.ND.760 (Captain P/O. C. H. QUINTON) Lancaster Mk III - ND760 A4-K,
failed to return from Operations and no news was received from them.
The remainder identified the target by means of red & green indicator markers on which they
dropped their bombs from heights ranging between 4,000 feet & 6,500 feet.
All the bombs bursts appeared to be concentrated around markers.
Many combats were seen. Photographs attempted

04.03. 12 aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.

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

ND761Lancaster ND761Left to right;

Sgt. Thomas Moreland
Sgt. Kenneth Moore
F/O. Robert Elwin
F/L. Peter Norbury
F/O. Martin Dodds
Sgt. William Astley

Photo taken by Philipp Kidd Courtesy of John Elwin In Memories.com

Norbury Peter WingateLancaster ND761 Norbury Peter Wingate - Pilot

F/L - Service No 87027

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Les Breviaires Communal Cemetery,
Departement Seine-et-Oise. - collective grave

Source: CWGC - WW 2 cemeteries.com - Find a Grave.

Kidd Philip SidneyLancaster ND761 Kidd Philip Sidney - FE

Sgt - Service No 2206292

Age: 30

RAFVR

Only son of Alfred Kidd and of Hannah Crabtree.
Husband of Constance Revill Kidd, of Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

Les Breviaires Communal Cemetery,
Departement Seine-et-Oise. - collective grave

Source: CWGC - photo by Phil Jennett In Memories.- WW 2 cemeteries.com - Find a Grave.

Elwin Robert NormanLancaster ND761 Elwin Robert Norman - Nav

F/O - Service No J35237

Age: 30

RCAF - USA

Son of Henry Stephen and Marion Helen Elwin.
Husband of Winifred Alexander Elwin,
of Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Les Breviaires Communal Cemetery,
Departement Seine-et-Oise. - collective grave

Source: CWGC - Photo: Canadian virtual war memorial - WW 2 cemeteries.com - Find a Grave.

Thomas MorelandLancaster ND761 Moreland Thomas - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1389740

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of William and Irene M. Moreland,
of Seaham, Co. Durham.

Les Breviaires Communal Cemetery,
Departement Seine-et-Oise. - collective grave

Source: CWGC - WW 2 cemeteries.com - Find a Grave.

Dodds MartinLancaster ND761 Dodds Martin - BA

F/O - Service No 146377

Age: 27

RAFVR

Son of Martin and Margaret Dobson Dodds, of Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Husband of Judith Margery Dodds.

Les Breviaires Communal Cemetery,
Departement Seine-et-Oise. - collective grave

Source: CWGC - WW 2 cemeteries.com - Find a Grave.

Moore Kenneth William CharlesLancaster ND761 Moore Kenneth William Charles - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1894318

Age: -

RAFVR

Son of

Les Breviaires Communal Cemetery,
Departement Seine-et-Oise. - collective grave

Source: CWGC - WW 2 cemeteries.com - Find a Grave.

Astley William EdwardLancaster ND671 Astley William Edward - RG

Sgt - Service No 2211645

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Les Breviaires Communal Cemetery,
Departement Seine-et-Oise. - collective grave

Source: CWGC - Photo: WW 2 cemeteries.com - Find a Grave.