115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

29/30 May 1943

Lancaster Mk II - DS616 KO-G

T/O East Wretham 2350 - Target Wuppertal, Germany. Attacked by a night fighter and substained damage to the port outer engine, port rudder and fuselage. Sgt Glazzard died as a result of this attack.

Also lost on this mission: Lancaster Mk II DS627 KO-R, 7 KIA

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

719 aircraft - 292 Lancasters, 185 Halifaxes, 118 Stirlings, 113 Wellingtons, 11 Mosquitos.

This attack was aimed at the Barmen half of the long and narrow town of Wuppertal and was the outstanding success of the Battle of the Ruhr. Both Pathfinder marking and Main Force bombing was particularly accurate and a large fire area developed in the narrow streets of the old centre of the town. It is probable that this fire was so severe that the first, small form of what would later become known as a 'firestorm' developed.
Because it was a Saturday night, many of the town's fire and air-raid officials were not present, having gone to their country homes for the weekend, and the fire services of the town - in their first raid - were not able to control the fires.
Approximately 1,000 acres - possibly 80 per cent of Barmen's built-up area - was destroyed by fire. 5 out of the town's 6 largest factories, 211 other industrial premises and nearly 4,000 houses were completely destroyed.

33 aircraft - 10 Halifaxes, 8 Stirlings, 8 Wellingtons, 7 Lancasters - lost, 4.6 per cent of the force.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary May 1943.

Andrews J. F. Andrews J. F. - Pilot

F/O - Service No

Age:

Son of

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

Mitchell W. Mitchell W. - FE

Sgt - Service No

Age:

Son of

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

Pidgeon E. B. Pidgeon E. B. - Nav

P/O - Service No

Age:

Son of

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

Reid W. Reid W. - WOP

Sgt - Service No

Age:

Son of

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

Wellock Wellock - BA

F/S - Service No

Age:

Son of

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

Scripsy G Scripsy G. - MUG

Sgt - Service No

Age:

Son of

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

Glazzard John James Horatio Glazzard John James Horatio - RG

Sgt - Service No 1179830

Age: 27

RAFVR

Son of Ralph Theodore and Mercy Ann Glazzard, of Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton.
Husband of Sarah Ann Glazzard of Smestow.
His brother Frederick George died on service, 22 February 1944, Private, Service No 4919407, age 26, Wiltshire Regiment.

Culvert No. 2. - Wolverhampton Borough Cemetery, Staffordshire.

Source: CWGC.