115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

12/13 August 1941

Wellington Mk IC - T2563 - KO-D

T/O Marham 2134. Target: Essen, Germany.

On return from the mission on Essen the aircraft was attacked four times by a Ju88C intruder piloted by Ofw Peter Lauffs, I./NJG2. Crashed at 0220 at Smith's Farm, Scottow, 4 miles SSW of North Walsham, Norfolk.

The Wellington was badly damaged by enemy fire and headed for RAF Coltishall but missed the airfield and crashed at 2200 hrs. The plane hit the ground approximately half way down the field and slid into the barn, catching fire and eventually burning out.
Despite the fire, locals helped the crew from the aircraft. R.A. Hodges, A.J.A. Day, C.D. Taverner and S.W. Morton all sustained injuries and were taken to the farmhouse and given tea and first aid. Sgt. Evans was probably killed during the mission, as the crewmembers heard nothing from him during the flight home.

Also Wellington Mk IC Z8835 KO-U, was lost on this mission.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - www Heritage Norfolk

Wood - Pilot

P/O - Service No

Age:

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan

Hodges R. A. - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No

Age:

Injured

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan

Day A. J. A. - Observer

P/O - Service No

Age:

RAAF

Injured

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan

Taverner C. D. - W.Op.

Sgt - Service No

Age:

Injured

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan

Morton S. W. - FG

Sgt - Service No

Age:

RCAF

Injured

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan

Evans Bernard George Evans Bernard George (Bunny) - RG

Sgt - Service No 401804

Age: 25

RNZAF

Son of Harry and Daisy Evans, of Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand.

Scottow Cemetery, Norfolk - Grave 257

Source: CWGC - Photo: Auckland Musem, Portrait from The Weekly News; 27 August 1941.