115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

30 Sep/1 October 1940

Wellington Mk IC - R3292 - KO-F

T/O Marham 1937. Target marchalling yards Osnabrück, Germany.

Werner Streib of 2./NJG 1 claimed
Wellington near Bersenbrück 22.49H (prob Wellington T2549)
Hampden near Bad Bergen 23.19H (Whitley T4130)
Wellington at Menslage 23.21H (either R3219 or R3292)

Heinrich Griese of 1./NJG 1 claimed
Wellington near Löningen 12km NW Quakenbrück 00.38H

On the night of 30 September/1 October just over 100 aircraft bombed targets in Germany and the Channel ports. Three of Marham's Wellingtons were tasked with bombing the marshalling yards at Ehrang. Ten more were part of a formation of Wellingtons detailed to bomb the Reichsluftfahrt Ministerium (German Air Ministry) in Berlin.
Seventeen crews, including seven from Marham, claimed to have attacked this single building in the Leipzigstrasse but just six bombs fell on the German capital and the Air Ministry was not hit.
Pilot Officer Donald MacLean's aircraft on 38 Squadron was shot down attacking Leipzig. McLean was killed. His five crew survived to be taken prisoner.

Also Wellington T2549 KO-K, flown by Pilot Officer A. J. J. Steel failed to return from the raid. Steel and Sergeant R. P. Mogg bailed out and survived to be taken prisoner.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - The Wellington Bomber, from Martin W Bowman - forum.12oclockhigh.net

Wessels Cyril - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 742634

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Herman Alexander Wessels and Gertrude Annie Wessels, of Hull.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetary - Coll. grave 26. F. 1-9.
Memorial plaque Dixie Grammar School - Market Bosworth

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Thompson Neville William Gordon - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 745185

Age: 24

RAFVR

Son of Neville Thompson, and of Harriett A. Thompson, of Market Bosworth, Leicestershire.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetary - Coll. grave 26. F. 1-9.

Source CWGC

Pennington Alan Jervis

Sgt - Service No 581410

Age: 20

RAF

Son of Harry and Annie Pennington, of Bolton, Lancashire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 18.

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MacNair James George Campbell

Sgt - Service No 755502

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Kenneth Archibald and Emily Louisa MacNair, of Edinburgh.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 17.

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Pritchard Harold William

Sgt - Service No 751821

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of Albert William and Jessie Emily Pritchard, of Reading, Berkshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 18.

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Cameron Alexander Douglas - Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 146944

Age: 26

RAFVR

Son of John Robert and Alexis Cosgrove Cameron; husband of Georgina Brown Cameron, of Burnside, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetary - Coll. grave 26. F. 1-9.

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