Lancaster PB131 29/30 August 1944

Lancaster Mk III - PB131 KO-W

T/O Witchford 2108 - target Stettin, Poland.

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

Claim by Lt Kurt Welter 10/JG300
25km NW-SW of Stettin (BJ-CJ i. Zusw F(lak): 4,800m at 02:10.

Achieved in co-operation with Flak of 4/schw Flak Abt 474, 4/schw Falk Abt 337 and
schw Flak Battery z.b.V. 10416, 10262 and 10264 ("Lancaster 1km North of Vogelsang 4,800-5,000m 02:08")
Victory confirmed for Lt Welter on 27th December 1944.

Source: Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 4 - Theo Boiten. Via John Jones.

402 Lancasters and 1 Mosquito of Nos 1,3, 6 and 8 Groups ordered to Stet tin.
This was a successful raid, hitting parts of Stettin which had escaped damage in previous attacks.

23 Lancasters lost, 5.7 per cent of the force.

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

ORB. 29th Aug., 1944.
21 aircraft (22 aircraft - 7 from "A" Flt., 7 from "B" Flt., & 8 from "C" Flt. -
1 aircraft from "C" Flt. was cancelled)
took off between 21.08 hours and 21.30 hours to attack STETTIN.
2 aircraft (G.ME.718 F/L. E. CHATTERTON J.24313 -
Lancaster Mk I - ME718 KO-G, 7 KIA.
and W.PB.131 Captain F/O. N. G. BERKELEY)
failed to return from Operations - no news being received.
1 aircraft (J.HK.598 Captain F/O. P. F. WARD) was forced to abandon the sortie
due to starboard inner engine being unserviceable and returned to Base early after
jettisoning his bomb load safe.
18 aircraft identified the target visually and by P.F. flares and bombed red and green
indicator markers from heights ranging between 15,000 feet and 19,000 feet.
Bombing was well concentrated around docks and many large fires with much smoke and
explosions were observed.
Photographs were attempted.
One aircraft had its fore part and cockpit damaged by Flak and the Pilot
(F/S. POTTER, C. F. RAAF - HK.555) was wounded in the leg.
Permission was granted to land in SWEDEN but Pilot carried on and successfully
landed his aircraft at Base.

07.10. 19 aircraft had returned safely to base.

Lancaster PB131Berkeley Nicholas George Berkeley Nicholas George - Pilot

F/O - Service No 182161

Age: 21

RAFVR - Canada

Son of Richard N. Berkeley and Vera A. Berkeley,
of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.

Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery,
Commonwealth Section, Poland - collective grave 5. D. 7.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Paul

Lancaster PB131Sim James Kincade Sim James Kincade - FE

Sgt - Service No 1372600

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Duncan and Jane Sim, of Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.

Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery,
Commonwealth Section, Poland - collective grave 5. D. 7.

Source: CWGC - Photo: Find a grave by Paul.

Lancaster PB131Webber Jeffrey Francis Mawby Webber Jeffrey Francis Mawby - Nav

Sgt - Service No 1336908

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Jeffery William Webber and Frances Jane Mawby,
of Ventnor, Isle of Wight.

Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery,
Commonwealth Section, Poland - collective grave 5. D. 7.

Source: CWGC - Photo: Find a grave by Paul.

Lancaster PB131Aspinall Derek Charles Ernest Aspinall Derek Charles Ernest - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1606369

Age: 17

RAFVR

Son of Alfred Ernest and Florence Beatrice Aspinell,
of Wandsworth Common. London.

Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery,
Commonwealth Section, Poland - collective grave 5. D. 7.

Source: CWGC - Photo: Find a grave by Paul

Jack Robert KiddJack Robert Kidd Jack Robert Kidd - BA

P/O - Service No J95268

Age: 22

RCAF

Son of Robert and Christina Jack,
of Garson, Ontario, Canada.

Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery,
Commonwealth Section, Poland - collective grave 5. D. 7.

Source: CWGC - Photo: Canadian virtual war memorial - Find a grave by Paul.

Lancaster PB131Wood Reginald Robert Wood Reginald Robert - MUG

Sgt - Service No 1424336

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Victor and Rose Wood, of Walthamstow, Essex.
Husband of Elizabeth Iris Wood, of Walthamstow.

Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery,
Commonwealth Section, Poland - collective grave 5. D. 7.

Source: CWGC - Photo: Find a grave by Paul.

Lancaster PB131Yule Henry Auld Nisbet Yule Henry Auld Nisbet - RG

Sgt - Service No 1549198

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Thomas Yule and Gladys McBride, of Liverpool.

Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery,
Commonwealth Section, Poland - collective grave 5. D. 7.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Paul