115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

29/30 December 1940

Wellington Mk IC - T2465 - KO-O

T/O Marham 1717. Target Hamm, Germany.

The Marshalling Yards at Hamm

One German place-name has recently become very well known to all of us; Hamm. With its marshalling yards, Hamm has become one of the stock Jokes of this war. It is not so well known why the R.A.F. take so much interest in Hamm. To the R.A.F. Hamm is the nerve-centre of German rail transport, and consequently one of the most important targets in Nazi Germany.

The vast marshalling yards -you and I would call them "goods yards"- can receive about 10,000 railway trucks and make them into trains every 24 hours, and a train of 50 or 60 trucks can be broken up and sorted for unloading in less than seven minutes, and that's pretty good going. Through the yards pass almost all the minerals from the rich Ruhr mines to all the rest of Germany, and most of the manufactured steel from the steel and engineering works of the area, as well as the incoming raw materials for those factories. They cover an area about four miles long by nearly a mile wide.

Source: trove.nla.gov.au/ - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 27 December 1940 - 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan  

Salmon Peter Gordon Hedley - Pilot

P/O - Service No 41071

Age: 22

RAF

Son of Gordon Hedley Salmon and Mary Salmon, of Leicester.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Coll. grave 28. A. 1-6

Source: CWGC -

Yard Clifford Ernest Rich - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No 754799

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Coll. grave 28. A. 1-6

Source: CWGC 115

Hewer Reginald Thomas - Observer

P/O - Service No 86424

Age: 30

RAFVR

Son of Thomas David and Sophia Hewer, of St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Coll. grave 28. A. 1-6

Source: CWGC

Sheldrick Bertie - W.Op./ Air Gn.

Sgt - Service No 639947

Age: 24 - °1916 Isleham

RAF

Son of Edward ? and Sarah ? SHELDRICK (nee LAMBERT). Lived in West Street, Isleham. Source: Isleham Remembers

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Coll. grave 28. A. 1-6

Source: GWGC

Yarwood Reginald William - W.Op./Air Gnr

Sgt - Service No 755730

Age: 26

RNZAF

Son of Joseph and Rosalind Yarwood, of Tooting, Surrey.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Coll. grave 28. A. 1-6

Source: CWGC

Beattie John Stainton - Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 910397

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of Ian Hodgeson Beattie and Mary Beattie, of Moffat, Dumfriesshire.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Coll. grave 28. A. 1-6

Source: CWGC