115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

30 Sep/1 October 1940

Wellington Mk IC - T2549 - KO-K

T/O Marham 1938. 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 R3292 KO-F was lost on this mission. No survivors.

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

Steel A J J - Pilot

F/O - Service No 42539

Age:

RAF

POW - nr. 1281 Luft 3.

Source

Goldie Leonard George - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 745606

Age: 26

RAFVR

Son of Oswald Burt Goldie and Caroline Alice Goldie, of Blandford, Dorsetshire.
Len Goldie lived in Queens Road. The family had a garage business which was opposite the Crown Hotel gardens, it is now a restaurant. He had a brother Harold who spent some years in the army. Source: www.opcdorset.org

Reichswald Forest War Cemetary - 26. G. 1

Source CWGC

Mogg Ronald P. - Observer

Sgt - Service No 744979

RAFVR -  awarded an MBE in December 1945.

POW - nr. 302
Stalag Luft I (Barth)
Stalag Luft III ( Sagan) became an assistant to F/S J A G. "Dixie" Deans - NCO Compound Leader.
Stalag Luft VI (Heydekrug) F/S. J A G. Deans was appointed Camp Leader and F/S. Mogg his deputy.
Stalag 357 (Thorn and Oerbke).

Source: ww2talk.com - 'Footprints on the Sands of Time' - Clutton-Brock

Walter James Le Blond Robert - W.Op./Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 902245

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of Robert John and Winifred Violet Walter, of Christchurch, Hampshire.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetary - Coll. grave 26. F. 1-9
Same Coll. grave as : Sgt Cameron, Sgt Thompson, Sgt Wessels, from Wellington crew, R3292 KO-F, 115 Squadron.

Source CWGC

Dowsett Colin

Sgt - Service No 650716

Age:

RAF

Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Dowsett, of Ilford, Essex.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 13.

Source GWGC

Westwood Douglas Eric - Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 805525

Age: 20

RAF (Auxiliary Air Force)

Son of Simon and Florence Westwood, of Handsworth, Birmingham.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetary - 26. F. 10.

Source CWGC