11/12 April 1940
Wellington Mk IC - P9284 - KO-J
| T/O Kinloss 1800. Target Stavanger Aerodrome. Shot down in the target area by flak.
First intentional raid by Bomber Commmand on a European mainland target.
Recce flights in the first week of April showed that the Germans were massing an invasion fleet - possibly bound for Norway. This proved to be correct as they invaded at dawn on the 9th. Denmark was also occupied within hours.
Bomber Command was ordered to halt the German advance through southern Norway, but with round trips of over 1,000 miles entirely over sea, support for ground forces (who landed in the north at Narvik) was very non-existent.
On the 12th, 6 Hampdens and 3 Wellingtons were lost during an attack on Stavangar, this proving to be the end of daylight raids for these aircraft.
During the night of 13/14th April, Hampdens carried out the first minelaying ('Gardening') sorties of the war and these operations were carried out almost nightly for many months.
Bomber Command paid particular attention to the airfields in its reach, notably those at Stavangar, Trondheim and Oslo in an effort to deny their use by the Luftwaffe. These appear to have had little success as by the end of the month photos showed over 150 German aircraft at Stavangar alone.
The night of 25/26th April saw the probable loss of the first Bomber Command aircraft to a German fighter when a Hampden of No 49 Squadron was engaged near Sylt.
Source: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ - Bomber Command diary
|Barber Frederick Edward - Pilot
P/O - Serv. No 36223
Son of Arthur Thomas Barber and Priscilla Thurza Barber.
Stavanger Churchyard - Eiganes - Z. 42.
|Rankin David Alexander - Pilot
P/O - Serv. No 36180
Son of David and Alice Ann Rankin, of Wellington City, New Zealand.
Stavanger Churchyard - Eiganes - Z. 43.
|Pearce Alan Sydney - Observer
Sgt - Serv. No 580805
Age : 20
Son of Sydney Augustus and Florence Winslade Pearce, of Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
Stavanger Churchyard - Eiganes - Z. 45.
|Juby Geoffrey William James
Sgt - Serv. No 514904
Son of William Mark and Maud Juby.
Stavanger Churchyard - Eiganes - Z. 40.
|Westcott Lionel Allen
Leading Aircraftman - Serv. No 545537
Son of Leonard Edgar and Elsie Westcott, of Pershore, Worcestershire.
Stavanger Churchyard - Eiganes - Z. 44.
|Bull Peter Edward Tucker - Air Gnr.
P/O - Serv. No 76004
Son of Walter William and Edith Bull. of Potters Bar, Middlesex.
Stavanger Churchyard - Eiganes - Z. 41.