115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

16/17 November 1940

Wellington Mk IC - P9286 - KO-K

T/O Marham 2015. Target Hamburg, Germany.

Crashed in the Groetpolder near Winkel, Netherlands. Shot down at 0205 by Oblt. Egmont Prinz zur Lippe Weissenfeld (°14 July 1918  +12 March 1944) of NJG 1, his first victory.

During the nights of 15/16 and 16/17 November, a total of over 200 aircraft were despatched to Hamburg. (Curiously, in light of subsequent events, these were the second and third consecutive nights that the city had been targeted). One the first night, heavy damage was caused at the Blohm & Voss shipyard and over 60 fires started, but on the next raid, only 60 aircraft were able to find their target. A further 25 found alternatives, but the damage as far less severe.

On this mission 115 Squadron lost also
Wellington Mk Ic R3213 KO-S crashed in Germany, no survivors,
Wellington Mk Ic T2606 KO-H crashed at Bircham Newton, UK, 1 casualty.
Wellington Mk Ic P9299 flown by P/O Roy crashed at Wittering, Uk, but no injuries to the crew (P9299 moved on 05.12.1940 to Czech OTU and crashed on 6 April 1942)

The collective grave of the crew.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

Larkman Donald Ewart - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 742991

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Winkel Protestant Cemetery - Coll. grave 131.

Source: CWGC

Core Frederick Albert - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No 741719

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Charles S. and Amy I. Core, of Southbourne, Bournemouth, Hampshire; husband of M. L. Core, of Boscombe, Bournemouth.

Winkel Protestant Cemetery - Coll. grave 131.

Source: CWGC

Mott Malcolm Brain - Observer

Sgt - Service No 937153

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Winkel Protestant Cemetery - Coll. grave 131.

Source: CWGC

Rodger Robert - W. Op.

Sgt - Service No 632049

Age: 22

RAF

Son of Robert Rodger and of Agnes Rodger (nee Sneddon), of Blantyre, Lanarkshire.

Winkel Protestant Cemetery - Coll. grave 131.

Source: CWGC

Walton John Carse - Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 748446

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Winkel Protestant Cemetery - Coll. grave 131.

Source: CWGC

Gostick Thomas Walter Gostick Thomas Walter - Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 903566

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Terence Walter and Edith Gostick, of Slough, Buckinghamshire; husband of Joan Gostick, of Slough.

Winkel Protestant Cemetery - Coll. grave 131.

Source: CWGC - Photo: Nicolas Visser for findagrave.com