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No. 115 Squadron Royal Air Force



   No. 115 Squadron, was first formed at Catterick, Yorkshire, on 1st December 1917. It was disbanded in 1919 and reformed in 1937. In April 1940 the Wellingtons of 115 Squadron, made the RAF's first mainland bombing raid of the war, bombing the enemy held Norwegian airfield at Stavanger.

In August 1941 115 Squadron undertook the first Service trials of the Gee Navigational system. In the spring of 1943 the squadron was re-equipped with Lancasters
Airfields No. 115 Squadron flew from.

  • Kinloss. (Detachment) Apr 1940.
  • Mildenhall. Sep to Nov 1942
  • East Wretham. Nov 1942 to Aug 1943
  • Little Snoring. Aug 1943 to Nov 1943
  • Witchford. From Nov 1943


 

3rd Dec 1939 Ops

10th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

10th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

22nd Apr 1941 Aircraft Lost

3rd May 1941 Aircraft Lost

10th May 1941 Aircraft Lost

11th May 1941 115 Squadron Wellington lost

12th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

16th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

17th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

23rd Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

26th Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

6th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

13th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

15th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

21st Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

5th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

11th Aug 1941 Tea, Bombs and Experiments

12th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

14th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

27th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

29th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

3rd Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

7th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

8th Sep 1941 115 Squadron Wellington lost

26th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

29th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

31st Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

15th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

15th Jan 1942 Aircraft Lost

22nd Jul 1942 115 Squadron Wellington lost

10th Dec 1942 115 Squadron Wellington lost

9th Oct 1943 115 Squadron Lancaster lost

30th Mar 1944 Aircraft Lost

14th Oct 1944 115 Squadron Lancaster lost

25th Nov 1944 115 Squadron Lancaster lost

9th Dec 1944 Bomber Command


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Those known to have served with

No. 115 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Abrahams J. W.. Sgt.
  • Baird Robert Alexander G.. Sqd.Ldr. (d.14th Jul 1943)
  • Baker Charles Henry. Sgt. (d.16th Mar 1944)
  • Baker Edward Gordon. Sgt. (d.26th Jun 1943)
  • Barber Frederick Edward. P/O. (d.12th Apr 1940)
  • Batchelor Christopher Richard. Sgt. (d.21st Feb 1944)
  • Bate Gordon Harrison. F/O.
  • Bickfort P. W.. F/Lt. (d.17th Sep 1944)
  • Bradbury Robert Thomas.
  • Bruce Don. Sgt.
  • Bull Peter Edward Tucker. P/O. (d.12th Apr 1940)
  • Capstick Nicholas Jackson. Sgt. (d.16th Mar 1944)
  • Casey Lawrence Joseph. Sgt
  • Clerides Glafcos. Sgt.
  • Davidson A. G.. W/O
  • Deaville Aurther Kenneth. Flt.Sgt.
  • Eades John Henry. Sgt. (d.22nd Feb 1941)
  • Favager Reginald. Sgt.
  • Foster Jack. Sqn. Ldr.
  • Goddard Gordon Frank. F/Lt.
  • Harris Keith. Pilot Officer (d.19th January 1943)
  • Hicks Harold George. F/Lt. (d.30th Dec 1943)
  • Hulley George. Sgt. (d.21st February 1944)
  • Johns Stephen Joshua. F/Lt.
  • Jory Anthony. Sgt. (d.16th Mar 1944)
  • Juby Geoffrey William James. Sgt. (d.12th Apr 1940)
  • Keith G A. Sgt.
  • Law Norman. Sgt. (d.27th Apr 1943)
  • Miller Donald Stewart.
  • Nelson George. (d.2nd Oct 1942)
  • Pearce Alan Sydney. Sgt. (d.12th Apr 1940)
  • Rankin David Alexander. P/O. (d.12th Apr 1940)
  • Reid Hawthorn Dalrymple.
  • Reid Robert Ryland. F/O. (d.28th May 1943)
  • Rodger James Menzies. P/O (d.16th Mar 1944)
  • Rossiter Henry Charles. WO
  • Russell George Oliver. F/Lt.
  • Spalton R. Sgt.
  • Stace John Alan. Flt.Sgt.
  • Stevenson A. Flt.Sgt.
  • Strickland J. W..
  • Trott Charles Frank. Flt.Sgt.
  • Werrett Ronald Arthur. Flt Sgt. (d.16th Mar 1944)
  • Westcott Lionel Allen. LAC. (d.12th Apr 1940)
  • Williams David Stuart. F/O (d.28th May 1943)
  • Winton A. G.. Sgt.
  • Winton Graham. W/O

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Sqn. Ldr. Jack Foster DFC 115 Sqd.

I am trying to obtain a complete record of my fathers service in the RAF and the citation for his DFC. I only have rough details, ie: he joined the RAF in 1938/39, broke his service in 1947 then rejoined 1950/51. When he rejoined he dropped a rank to Flt Lnt. He was in other Squadrons as well as 115 but most of his operations were carried out in 115 Squadron in 1941 flying Wellington Bombers. He died in 1988 aged 75 years.

Marcus Foster



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



Sgt. Christopher Richard Batchelor flt eng. 115 Sqd. (d.21st Feb 1944)

I am looking for info on my uncle Flt Sgt Christopher Batchelor all I know about him is he died in Feb 1944, his death is recorded in March quarter 1944 in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. I believe he was stationed at Witchford, Isle of Ely with the 115 squadron. I would be grateful if anyone can tell me how where and why he died.

G.O'Dell



Hawthorn Dalrymple Reid 115 Squadron

This story is from the village of Morolles sur Seine, France. Hawthorn Dalrymple Reid of 13 Guthrie Port, Arbroath, Scotland was a Sgt, in the RAF with 115 Squadron, Bomber Command, navigator. His Aircraft Mk.III Vickers Wellington, X3393, KO-H, was shot up on the night of 9 to 10 December 1942 on a mission to Turin, hit by a Ju-88 fighter, he crashed at 23 pm December 9, 1942 while trying to return to England. The aircraft crashed near Yonne, France. Over the next 2 weeks, he undertook the Passage of the Pyrenees, arriving in Spain on the 1st of January 1943.

The report of escape SPG 1057 states: Reid replaces the usual navigator of the crew for this mission. The pilot is Sydney Smith. Reid landed near the burning aircraft and hides his parachute, fur jacket, one remaining flying boot, Mae West and Battle-Dress jacket. Then he walks in the north to a road. He goes to Nogent, which he avoids and continues to Montereau-Fault-Yonne [In fact, it is Marolles-sur-Seine ]. He takes refuge in a cabin from 08 to 16 hours on December 11. He has no survival ration, and had lost a boot and a sock by jumping from the aircraft. He stole some apples, then went to a house. An elderly lady Ms. Thisy, gives him a warm bath and a place to sleep. He stayed in a safe house for six days. Meanwhile, a young woman from Barbey made two trips to Paris to reach an organization.

He is guideed to Paris on December 17, and handed over to a priest who hides him in a closet in his seminar, "The Swallows" on the Boulevard Raspail. Reid sleeps in a sleeping bag on a cot and can go play pool when the kids are gone. The priest, Father Beauvais contacts people. After two days, he is visited by two French secret agents. The fourth night, Robert Ayles comes to the priest and took Reid to his flat at 37 Rue de Babylone. His pilot Sydney Smith had just left two days earlier. He stayed 12 days and receives papers and certificate of residence.

Maria



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



F/Lt. Stephen Joshua "Johnnie" Johns DFC. 115 Squadron

My father, Flight Lieutenant Johns DFC, flew 30 sorties with 115 Squadron in 1941/1942 as an air gunner including first 1000 bomber raid on Cologne. He transferred to Honeybourne as a gunnery instructor then in 1943 to SOE and 161 squadron based in Tempsford, flying 22 secret missions into France, Norway, Denmark etc.

Stephen David johns



W/O Graham "Winnie" Winton 115 Sqn.

May 1945 dancing at the Club Ambaasy Bloor St.Aera, my hero to be ask me to dance, we were united most nights dancing and long walks. It lasted to Feb.1946, we said good-bye via air mail. The last line from him was "I shall remember you till the end of time".

Graham Winton joined up in 1940, went overseas 1941, joined Sqn 115 Markam.u.k. sortie 6/7 to Bremen on Sept.4/5th 1942. They were shot down & captured. Graham had a sprained ankle. He found it hard to walk. He was taken to Frankfurt,treated to the same treatment as all the other POW's. After 2 to 3 weeks his slow journey to Lamesdorf, Stalag 8b in Poland. He was chained, and treated as all the others. His crew were there. He did not see them for some time. As far as I can tell he must have been in hut 16 or 17, no.27008. When things moved along and man power was getting low he could move about and see his friend.

I have just had my 90th birthday. To end this history I have the blessing of a table mate, who was captured in Holland, was a pow in the German work force he worked around Stalag 8b. We have a lot to read and talk about. We just finished the book by H. Greasley. "Do the Birds Still Sing in Hell". His journey there are on most of the roads that my friend traveled on. Lest we forget blessings to all these heros, may they be remembered till the end of time.

M.C.Bailey



F/Lt. P. W. Bickfort 115 Squadron (d.17th Sep 1944)

In The Netherlands in the night of September 16/17 1944 the Lancaster LM 693 of 115 Squadron came back of a mission above Germany. Near the village Strijen the plane was hit by a German plane and the Lancaster crashed near the village. The crew were:
  • F/Lt. P.W. Bickfort RCAF 125920
  • P/O P.L. Dooley RAF 189628
  • F/O A.N. Johnson RCAF 128771
  • F/Sgt. U.B. Butters RAF 1622660
  • P/O D.G. Flood RCAF 190719
  • P/O D. Dawson RCAF 190321
After 9 days the Germans give the People from the village permission to take the bodies away from the plane. The graves of those men is in the village of Strijen. The foundation Air war memorial Hoeksche Waard 1940-1945 would like to put a memorial for those men. Please contact me for more information.

Anton Deman



F/O. Gordon Harrison "Butch" Bate 514 Squadron

Gordon Harrison Bate enlisted on June 26, 1942 and was a Flight Navigator with 514 and 115 Squadrons.

514 Sqd

Jan Bate



Sgt. Glafcos Clerides MID A Flt. 115 Squadron

Glafcos Clerides joined the RAF and flew bombing missions as a tail gunner during World War II. He was among about 30,000 Cypriot volunteers who fought for the Allies. In 1942 his airplane was shot down over Germany and he was captured. He remained a prisoner of war until the end of the war. His name was mentioned in dispatches for distinguished services.

They flew in a Wellington Bomber BJ70 KO-K from A flight, 115 Squadron in a 403 bomber raid on Hamburg. He was the wireless operator. On the return journey they were hit by AA Fire and he bailed out thinking everyone else was dead as his intercom set wasn't working. The pilot managed to get the aircraft going again but had no instruments to navigate. They found they were heading back to Hamburg and turned away but were hit again by AA guns as they passed Heligoland. Eventually ditched but had no sos flares and 3 crew died before last 2 were rescued by a German seaplane.

S. Flynn



Sgt. Don Bruce 115 Squadron

Stalag 8b




Sgt. Norman Law DFM. 115 Sqdn. (d.27th Apr 1943)

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Norman Law was the son of William and Annie Isabella Law. He was based with his squadron at RAF East Wretham. He died aged 23, and is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Can anyone provide more details?

Jim



Sgt. G A Keith 115 Squadron

Sergeant GA Keith served with 115 Squadron, Royal Air Force during WW2. He was a prisoner of war at Stalag 8b.




Sgt. A. G. Winton 115 Squadron

Sgt. AG Winton served with 115 Squadron, Royal Air Force during WW2 and was a POW in Stalag 8b.




F/Lt. Harold George Hicks 115 Squd (d.30th Dec 1943)

My late brother in law was F.Lt. Harold George Hicks. I am married to his youngest sister. He served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force 115 Squadron, based in Witchford and was shot down over Berlin in a Lancaster II LL648 on 30th December 1943. I am looking for any service details.

C Wright



Flt.Sgt. John Alan Stace 115 Sqd. Bomber Command

My Dad served in Bomber Command as Flight Sgt Engineer on Lancasters. He died aged 52 yrs so I never really got to learn about his early life in Bomber Command as he never talked about it. I believe he served in 115 Squadron during 1945/6 and also in 44 Squadron about 1946. Looking at very basic info from my Mom who is nearly 90 I believe his crew were:

  • Pilot Johny Brown Wireless Operator
  • P Bishop Mid Air Gunner
  • Nobby Clark Observer Hadfield or Hatfield
.

I have been to Lincoln airfields trying to trace more info or photographs without any success. I would love to be able to find out more.

Dawn Eades



Robert Thomas Bradbury 115 Squadron

My Dad, Robert Thomas Bradbury, served as an engineer with Bomber Command in 115 Squadron. He did his initial training at Cardington. He is second left on this picture which was taken at Marham in 1940. He transferred to Honeybourne at the end of 1941 and to Honley in 1943. The second picture was taken there and Dad is in the centre of the back row. It is labelled MU Honley 1944/45

David



P/O. Frederick Edward Barber 115 Squadron (d.12th Apr 1940)

On 12th April 1940 he took part in a raid on Stavanger, Norway. The aircraft was the lead aircraft of 2nd section. It was shot down over Stavanger and crashed on top of a bakery. All in the aircraft were killed.

Wditor's Note:- In April 1940 115 Squadron were operating out of RAF Marham, Norfolk. The full crew of the aircraft, a Vickers Wellington Mk1C, P9284, KO-J, were: -

  • Pilot Officer 36223 Frederick Edward Barber, 26 years
  • Pilot Officer 36180 David Alexander Rankin, (New Zealand) 25 years
  • Sgt 580805 Alan Sydney Pearce, 20 years
  • Sgt 514904 Geoffrey William James Juby, 28 years
  • Leading Aircraftman 545537 Lionel Allen Westcott, 21 years
  • Pilot Officer 76004 (RAFVR) Peter Edward Tucker Bull, 26 years.
They are all buried in the Stavanger (Eiganes) Churchyard.

Roger Barber



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



P/O. David Alexander Rankin 115 Squadron (d.12th Apr 1940)

On 12th April 1940 115 Squadron were operating out of RAF Marham, Norfolk. David Rankin took part in a raid on Stavanger, Norway. The aircraft was the lead aircraft of 2nd section. It was shot down over Stavanger and crashed on top of a bakery. The full crew of the aircraft, a Vickers Wellington Mk1C, P9284, KO-J, were killed, they are all buried in the Stavanger (Eiganes) Churchyard:
  • Pilot Officer 36223 Frederick Edward Barber, 26 years
  • Pilot Officer 36180 David Alexander Rankin, (New Zealand) 25 years
  • Sgt 580805 Alan Sydney Pearce, 20 years
  • Sgt 514904 Geoffrey William James Juby, 28 years
  • Leading Aircraftman 545537 Lionel Allen Westcott, 21 years
  • Pilot Officer 76004(RAFVR) Peter Edward Tucker Bull, 26 years.

Mel Ogden



Sgt. Alan Sydney Pearce 115 Squadron (d.12th Apr 1940)

On 12th April 1940 Alan Pearce took part in a raid on Stavanger, Norway. Vickers Wellington Mk1C, P9284, KO-J from RAF Marham, Norfolk was the lead aircraft of 2nd section. It was shot down over Stavanger and crashed on top of a bakery. All in the aircraft were killed.
  • Pilot Officer 36223 Frederick Edward Barber, 26 years
  • Pilot Officer 36180 David Alexander Rankin, (New Zealand) 25 years
  • Sgt 580805 Alan Sydney Pearce, 20 years
  • Sgt 514904 Geoffrey William James Juby, 28 years
  • Leading Aircraftman 545537 Lionel Allen Westcott, 21 years
  • Pilot Officer 76004 (RAFVR) Peter Edward Tucker Bull, 26 years.

They are all buried in the Stavanger (Eiganes) Churchyard.

Mel Ogden



Sgt. Geoffrey William James Juby 115 Squadron (d.12th Apr 1940)

On 12th April 1940 Geoffrey Juby took part in a raid on Stavanger, Norway. Operating out of RAF Marham, Norfolk, Vickers Wellington Mk1C, P9284, KO-J was the lead aircraft of 2nd section. It was shot down over Stavanger and crashed on top of a bakery. All in the aircraft were killed. They are all buried in the Stavanger (Eiganes) Churchyard.
  • Pilot Officer 36223 Frederick Edward Barber, 26 years
  • Pilot Officer 36180 David Alexander Rankin, (New Zealand) 25 years
  • Sgt 580805 Alan Sydney Pearce, 20 years
  • Sgt 514904 Geoffrey William James Juby, 28 years
  • Leading Aircraftman 545537 Lionel Allen Westcott, 21 years
  • Pilot Officer 76004(RAFVR) Peter Edward Tucker Bull, 26 years.

Sgt Juby was the husband of Hilda Gladys Juby and the son of William Mark and Maud Juby.

Mel Ogden



LAC. Lionel Allen Westcott 115 Squadron (d.12th Apr 1940)

On 12th April 1940 Lionel Westcott took part in a raid on Stavanger, Norway. Vickers Wellington Mk1C, P9284, KO-J operating out of RAF Marham, Norfolk was the lead aircraft of 2nd section. It was shot down over Stavanger and crashed on top of a bakery. All in the aircraft were killed.
  • Pilot Officer 36223 Frederick Edward Barber, 26 years
  • Pilot Officer 36180 David Alexander Rankin, (New Zealand) 25 years
  • Sgt 580805 Alan Sydney Pearce, 20 years
  • Sgt 514904 Geoffrey William James Juby, 28 years
  • Leading Aircraftman 545537 Lionel Allen Westcott, 21 years
  • Pilot Officer 76004(RAFVR) Peter Edward Tucker Bull, 26 years.
They are all buried in the Stavanger (Eiganes) Churchyard. Lionel was the son of Leonard Edgar and Elsie Westcott of Pershore, Worcestershire.

Mel Ogden



P/O. Peter Edward Tucker Bull 115 Squadron (d.12th Apr 1940)

On 12th April 1940 Peter Bull took part in a raid on Stavanger, Norway. Operating out of RAF Marham, Norfolk, Vickers Wellington Mk1C, P9284, KO-J was the lead aircraft of 2nd section. It was shot down over Stavanger and crashed on top of a bakery. All in the aircraft were killed. They are all buried in the Stavanger (Eiganes) Churchyard.
  • Pilot Officer 36223 Frederick Edward Barber, 26 years
  • Pilot Officer 36180 David Alexander Rankin, (New Zealand) 25 years
  • Sgt 580805 Alan Sydney Pearce, 20 years
  • Sgt 514904 Geoffrey William James Juby, 28 years
  • Leading Aircraftman 545537 Lionel Allen Westcott, 21 years
  • Pilot Officer 76004 (RAFVR) Peter Edward Tucker Bull, 26 years.

Peter was the son of Walter William and Edith Bull of Potters Bar, Middlesex.

Mel Ogden



F/O. Robert Ryland Reid 115 Sdqn. (d.28th May 1943)

Robert Reid was known as Roy to the family and was married to Elizabeth. I do not know much as his family did not talk about him. He was a rear gunner in, I think, a Lancaster. I am trying to find out more about him until his death in May 1943.

Jon Warman



Flt.Sgt. Charles Frank Trott 115 Sqdn.

My father Charles Trott served with 115 squadron as a flight engineer under pilot officer Plum. He was shot down by a JU 88 on a mine-laying mission to La Rochelle in 1942. He had volunteered for this mission because the regular flight engineer had been classified lmf (lack of moral fibre). He evaded capture and returned to the UK six months later with the assistance of the French resistance. The pilot of the aircraft on the night my father was shot down is buried in the churchyard at Ingrandes sur mer, France. Full details can be obtained in the records of the RAF escaping society. I have a photograph of him in uniform and also details of the German ace who shot him down.




Sgt. Edward Gordon Baker 115 Squadron (d.26th Jun 1943)

My cousin Edward Baker was born in the March quarter of 1917 the youngest son of Henry Edward and Beatrice Alice Baker formerly Buttell. He had an older brother John William born September quarter 1911 and a sister Phyllis Beatrice born 23 December 1912 their home was at 28, Woodland Terrace, Charlton, London, England UK.

As a young man at the age of 19 he joined Royal Air Force Voluntary Reserve (RAFVR) formed in 1936 to augment the Royal Auxiliary Air Force which had been formed in 1925 by the local Territorial Associations they were mainly comprised of civilians recruited from the neighbourhoods of Reserve Flying Schools run by civilian contractors who largely employed as instructors members of the Reserve of Air Force Officers. When war broke out in 1939 the members of the RAFVR became the principal source of recruits to Bomber Command by the end of 1941 more than half the aircrew for the command were members of the RAFVR.

I know very little about my cousin other than he looked very young in his uniform when as a young boy of five years I met him at our grandma’s house. I am trying to piece together his life story. As yet, I do not know how many missions he flew and the little I have learnt has come from the Commonwealth Graves Website. So I am still searching. Edward married Frances Mary Goss in the District of Dartford, Kent, in the June quarter of 1941.

He was stationed with 115 Squadron at RAF East Wretham, Norfolk, during 1943. Late on the night of Friday 25th June Bomber Lancaster II DS633 KO-C took off one of 30 aircraft that taking part in Gardening Operations (Mine laying) off the Frisians and off the French coast with the following aircrew members: -

  • Parry, Frederick, Flying Officer, 131560
  • Baker, Edward Gordon Sergeant Age 26 1177976
  • lover Patrick Edward [Paddy] Sergeant Age 20 1321791
  • McGowan William McIlwee Sergeant Age 21 1551754
  • Price Leslie Frederick Sergeant No Age 1454385
  • Richardson Eric Ryder Sergeant Age 20 1387194
  • hitehead Frederick Alan Sergeant Age 21 1317727

During the course of this mission his plane went missing presumed shot down over France and he was subsequently reported as being dead on Saturday 26th of June 1943 and later we learnt was buried at Nantes (Pont-Du-Cens) Communal Cemetery, Loire-Atlantique, France with his other crew members.

Albert Wm. Gosnall



F/O David Stuart Williams 115 Sqdn. (d.28th May 1943)

F/O Williams was killed over Essen, Germany on 28th May 1943.

Bill Ross



F/Lt. George Oliver Russell DFC. 115 Sqdn.

I have little information on cousin George Russell. He was gazetted for a DFC after a raid on Neuss on 10th of January 1944, RAFVR 14768, with No.12 Sqdn. After the war he was at RAF Binbrook as a Canberra instructor. Any information would be appreciated.

Alan Pennie



Sgt. John Henry Eades 115th Sqd. (d.22nd Feb 1941)

Jack Eades was my mother's friend and she had a photograph of him in his flying gear, standing beside a Wellington bomber. In her jewellery box she kept an RAF sweetheart brooch. All mum ever told us was that he was killed in the war.

I have done some research and found the following information:

John (Jack) Henry Eades son of Henry and Amy Eades of Salisbury died aged 20 on 22 February 1941 when he was part of the crew of a Wellington Bomber who went on a raid to Brest at 02.51 on that day. On returning to Marham they were diverted to East Winch in Norfolk at 08.30 and the plane crashed into a tree and burst into flames. All six crew were killed.

Jennifer Morgan-Russell



Donald Stewart Miller 115 Sqd.

Donald Miller served with 115 Squadron.

Angela Fox



Pilot Officer Keith Harris 115 (d.19th January 1943)

My uncle P.O. Keith Harris (who I never met) went missing in action on a bombing raid to Berlin January 1943. Neither his aircraft or any crew were found. As of January 2016 it has still not been found. Is there any information available about his crew and what the mission was on?

Roy Oaten



J. W. Strickland 115 Sqdn.

J W Strickland was shot down on 4/5th September 1942. He was a POW in Stalag VIIIb or 344. I have his history of POW days.

M. Bailey



Sgt. George Hulley 115 Sqdn. (d.21st February 1944)

George Hulley is buried in Ashton-u-Lyme Cemetery, Sec P. Grave 113.








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