11/12 May 1944|
Lancaster Mk III - ND923 KO-C
Shot down by Oblt Herman Greiner II.NJG1 and
crashed 0027 hrs at Wilsele, Belgium.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
105 Lancasters and 5 Mosquitos of Nos 3 and 8 Groups attacked the railway yards at Louvain/Leuven
but the main weight of the bombing hit the railway workshops and nearby storage buildings.
4 Lancasters lost.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary May 1944. - photo: Book, doelwit Leuven, uitgeverij De Krijger.
ORB. 11th May, 1944.
5 aircraft (1 from 'A' Flight, 2 from 'B' Flight and 2 from 'C' Flight)
were detailed to attack LOUVAIN/LEUVEN and took off between 22.55 hours & 23.03 hours.
1 aircraft C.ND.926 (Captain S/L. J. R. GRANT) failed to return from operations and no news was received from it.
1 aircraft H.LL.864 (Captain Sgt. THORNTON, J.) was forced to abandon the sortie due to forward escape hatch
being blown away, & returned to base early after jettisoning part of his bomb load & bringing back the remainder.
The other 3 aircraft identified the target by means of indicator markers on which they dropped their bombs from heights
ranging between 8,000 feet & 9000 feet.
Many explosions were seen & the attack was considered very successful.
Photographs were attempted.
1 of the latter aircraft (A/C. W.HK.548 - Captain F/O. C. McBRIDE) was forced to land away from base owing
to its starboard outer engine seizing up.
01.27. 1 aircraft landed at R.A.F. Station WOODBRIDGE.
01.28. 3 aircraft had returned safely to base after operations.
Captain of a/c - Mentioned in dispatches.
Squadron Leader - Service No 40220 - Canadian -
Mentioned in Despatches.
Age: 29 - °13 January 1915 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Son of Colonel C. R. Grant and Beatrice L. Grant.
Husband of Ellena Vivienne Grant, of Oxford.
Wilsele Churchyard - grave B.5
F/S - Service No 1579944
Son of Herbert and Maisie F. Jennings.
Husband of Doreen Jennings, of Alvaston, Derby.
Wilsele Churchyard - grave B.15
F/S - Service No 1380159
Son of Harry Ralph and Lottie Clarke,
of South Lambeth, London.
Wilsele Churchyard - grave B.10
P/O - Service No 173892
Son of Jack and Minnie Waller.
Husband of Margaret Mary Waller,
of Hucknall, Nottinghamshire.
Wilsele Churchyard - grave B.12
Sgt - Service No 1086157
Age: 32 - °20 August 1911, Bolsover, Derbyshire.*
RAFVR - inlisted 15 January 1941.
Son of John (Jack) Parry and Isabel Carr.
Husband of Mrs Jane Parry
of Platts Common near Barnsley, Yorkshire.*
P/O - Service No 173506
Son of Reginald and Edith Rodgerson,
of Bramley, Leeds, Yorkshire.
Wilsele Churchyard - grave B.6
Sgt - Service No 1624500
Son of Albert Edward Tabner and of Sarah Ellen Sheward.
Wilsele Churchyard - grave B.1
T/Sgt - Service No
USA Air Force
Wilsele Churchyard - The body was taken to his home for reburial.