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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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115 Squadron Crest
30.11.1944 No. 115 Squadron Lancaster I PD367 KO-H Fl/Lt. Frederick G. Holloway DFM

Operation: Osterfeld

Date: 30th November 1944 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 115 Squadron

Type: Lancaster I

Serial: PD367

Code: KO-H

Base: RAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire

Location: Target area

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Frederick George Holloway DFM. 132882 RAFVR Age 25. Killed

Fl/Eng: Fl/Sgt. John George Milne 576911 RAFVR Age 21. Killed 

Nav: F/O. Elwyn Jones 148382 RAFVR Age ? Killed 

Air/Bmr: F/O. Donald Cameron McIntosh 174949 RAFVR Age ? Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: W/O. Eric Young D.F.M. 1083693 RAFVR Age 23. Killed

Air/Gnr: W/O. Eddie Standring 102208 RAFVR Age 26. Killed

Air/Gnr: F/O. Gerald Gilbert Ormonde Lousada 169200 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Take off at 10:35hrs. from Witchford. Hit by flak over the target and crashed with great force. All now lie in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Note - in the continuing battle of attrition directed at the German oil refining industry, Osterfeld now featured as a target worthy of attention with four raids directed at the benzol producing plant and two attacks on the town’s railway station. It is believed substantial damage had been inflicted when the series terminated on 22nd February 1945.

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Frederick George Holloway D.F.M. Reichswald Forest Cemetery. Grave 25A.4. Son of Reuben George Young and Elsie Ellen Holloway - husband of Lilian Margaret Holloway of Cheltenham, Gloucester, England. Further information: Fl/Lt. Holloway had flown his first tour with 99 Squadron and his award was Gazetted on the 22nd August 1941.

Fl/Sgt. John George Milne. Reichswald Forest Cemetery. Coll. Grave 25A. 13-18. Son of Robert and Joan Milne of Aberdeen, Scotland

F/O. Elwyn Jones. Reichswald Forest Cemetery. Grave 25B.1. No further details as yet - are you able to assist?

Right: Memorial at Witchford (panel enlarged)

F/O. Donald Cameron McIntosh. Reichswald Forest Cemetery. Grave 25A.10. No further details as yet - are you able to assist?

W/O. Eric Young D.F.M. Reichswald Forest Cemetery. Grave 25A.12. Son of John W and Annie Young of Bedlington, Northumberland, England. Further information: W/O Young is remembered on the Bedlington War memorial. Served with 90 Squadron and his award was Gazetted on the 23rd May 1944.

W/O. Eddie Standring. Reichswald Forest Cemetery. Grave 25A.3. Adopted son of Arthur Edmond and Jane Standring of 19 Byrom Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Further information: Eddie worked as a hairdresser in Victoria Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, prior to volunteering for the RAF.

F/O. Gerald Gilbert Ormonde Lousada. Reichswald Forest Cemetery. Grave 25A.1. Son of Miriam Lousada of Kineton, Warwickshire, England.

Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew. Special thanks to Tony Ford for the news cutting of W/O. Eddie Standring.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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