115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

27/28 June 1942

Wellington Mk III - BJ589 - KO-X

T/O Marham 2324. Target Bremen, Germany.

Badly shot up by a night fighter and jettisoned the bombs at North East Polder, Holland from a height of 13,000 feet. Back to base at 0323.

Sgt McCann was decapitated when the cannon fire from the night fighter sliced the top of his turret off. F/O Keenan, the Signals Officer at Marham, had to recover the codes from the a/c. he remarked that it was a shambles inside with blood ererywhere.

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

144 aircraft - 55 Wellingtons, 39 Halifaxes, 26 Stirlings, 24 Lancasters.

119 aircraft bombed blindly through cloud after obtaining Gee fixes. Bomber Command believed the results were successful. Bremen records that two of the large firms hit in the recent 'Thousand' raid - the Atlas Werke and the Korff refinery - were damaged again, as well as several smaller firms and dockside warehouses. A hospital and an unrecorded number of houses were also hit. 7 people were killed and 80 injured.

9 aircraft - 4 Wellingtons, 2 Halifaxes, 2 Lancasters, 1 Stirling - lost.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary June 1942.

Sanders T. L. - Pilot

F/L - Service No R/75946

No injuries

Son of

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

Parsons C. E. - Observer

Sgt - Service No

Age: wounded

Son of

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

Dickie R. J. - W.Op.

Sgt - Service No

Age: wounded

Son of

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

Rowe C. J. - FG

Sgt - Service No

Age: wounded

Son of

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

McCann William Alexander (Billy) - RG

F/S - Service No R/86355

Age: 20

RCAF

Son of Alexander and Florence McCann, of Transcona Manitoba. Canada.

Marham Cemetery - War Graves Plot. Grave 21.

Source: GWGC - Billy McCann Memorial Park (Day Street, Winnipeg)