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RAF Witchford

14th Oct 1944 115 Squadron Lancaster lost

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Those known to have served at

RAF Witchford

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Baker Charles Henry. Sgt. (d.16th Mar 1944)
  • Capstick Nicholas Jackson. Sgt. (d.16th Mar 1944)
  • Casey Lawrence Joseph. Sgt
  • Deaville Aurther Kenneth. Flt.Sgt.
  • Favager Reginald. Sgt.
  • Jory Anthony. Sgt. (d.16th Mar 1944)
  • Rodger James Menzies. P/O (d.16th Mar 1944)
  • Rossiter Henry Charles. WO
  • Smith Eric Raymond. LAC.
  • Werrett Ronald Arthur. Flt Sgt. (d.16th Mar 1944)
  • Whitcombe DFC.. Sydney.

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Sgt Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Casey 115 Sqn

My father, Larry Casey was shot down on 16 March 1944. He was one of 2 survivors from the Lancaster. He spent many months at camp 357 at Fallingbostel. The story of his brave crew is told on this web site lancasterll693

His crew were:

  • Pilot Officer Jim Rodger
  • Flt Sgt Tony Jory
  • Sgt Lawrence Casey
  • Sgt Jack Capstick
  • Sgt CharlesBaker
  • Sgt Reg Favager
  • Sgt Ron Werrett

Mike casey

WO Henry Charles Rossiter 'A' flight. 115 Squadron

I served with 115 squadron based at Witchford from 15th August 1944 to 9th January 1945. I was the wireless operator of Flt Lt Jenkins's crew of 8. (We had a mid under gunner). In November and December our Lancaster KO-C serial number hk578 was a gh leader bombing through cloud in daylight raids. We were one of the luckier crews surviving without any damage although during night raids we survived several night fighter attacks. One attacking JU88 was damaged by our gunners over Frankfurt I believe.

Our crew was also chosen to experiment with the photo flash exploding when bombs burst(That was before we acquired our mid under gunner). Flight Lt Jenkins was awarded the DFC for his cool conduct when under pressure. He now lives in Kansas City, USA and he and I are the only surviving members of our crew. I keep in touch with him. HK 578 survived the war and was eventually demolished.

One sad story. In November 1944 an order was published stating that any crew completing their first tour of 30 ops, if thay had 7 or more French targets among their 30, they were required to do 5 more ops. Flt Lt Davidson RCAF and his crew were in this category and on their 31st were all killed in a collision with our 'A' flight commander Sqdn. Ldr Hugh Castle who also perished along with his crew. Their names appear on the Runnymede Memorial which I have visited. I had several friends among those lost. Note. I held rank of Fl/Sgt whilst on the squadron.

Harry Rossiter

Sydney Whitcombe DFC. 195 Squadron

My father Sydney Whitcombe did not talk much about his experiences of his service in the RAF. He was a navigator for the 195 Squadron and received the DFC for his bravery.

Interestingly enough he was at first a conscientious objector when war broke out, later joining the RAF having spent most of the initial years dragging bodies from bombed buildings in London. I have a photograph of him and some of his crew with their names but would love to find out more about anyone connected to the 195 squadron and any other photographs.

The names of the crew members were: Frank Wilcock (wireless operator) Len Parsons (bomber) ‘Paddy’ (air gunner) Stan Renaut (air gunner)

Sally Childs

Flt.Sgt. Aurther Kenneth "Dev." Deaville 61 Sqd.

My father Ken Deaville, flew Mk 1s, Mk 11s and Mk 111s as a Flight Engineer from 1943 to 1945 for 115 Sqd and 61 Sqd. In June 1944 he was in 115 Sqd at Witchford in Don Cameron's crew flying ME836 C-Charlie. By April 1945 he was in 61 sqd at Skellingthorpe in Danny Boon's crew flying NF997 H-How.

Paul N Deaville

LAC. Eric Raymond Smith

Nose Art painted by Eric Smith

Picture painted by Eric Smith

Picture painted by Eric Smith

I am not sure how long my grandad, Eric Smith was at RAF Witchford, but I have some photos which where posted to him there. I do know that he worked on the Avro Lancaster. The letter is addressed to what looks like L.A.C. Smith. E.R 1068451, Electrical section. I also know he was based in Reykjavik, Iceland sometime around 1945. I'm told he had painted some of the pictures on the noses of Lancaster bombers. If anybody knows anything about my grandad, any records etc I would love to see them.

Robert Smith

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