115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

26/27 July 1942

Wellington Mk III - BJ615 - KO-G

115 Squadron
T/O Marham 2253. Target Hamburg, Germany. Shot down by Hptm Helmut Lent, IINJG1, crashed into the sea near the target at 0239.

Info by: Memory 7 - Don Bruce - 115 Squadron - 1942

Also lost on this mission: Wellington Mk III BJ670 KO-K - 2 KIA, 3 POW.

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

403 aircraft - 181 Wellingtons, 77 Lancasters, 73 Halifaxes, 39 Stirlings, 33 Hampdens dispatched in what was probably a full 'maximum effort' for the regular Bomber Command squadrons.

Crews encountered a mixture of cloud and icing at some places on the route but clear weather at the target. Good bombing results were claimed. Hamburg reports show that severe and widespread damage was caused, mostly in housing and semi-commercial districts rather than in the docks and industrial areas.
At least 800 fires were dealt with, 523 being classed as large. 823 houses were destroyed and more than 5,000 damaged. More than 14,000 people were bombed out. 337 people were killed and 1,027 injured.

29 aircraft - 15 Wellingtons, 8 Halifaxes, 2 Hampdens, 2 Lancasters, 2 Stirlings - were lost, 7.2 per cent of the force.

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

Dixon-Wright Frank William Dixon-Wright Frank William - Pilot - Wing Comm.

W/C - Service No 32123 - DFC
Gazetted 2 September 1941 page 5102, for attacks on the German Warships Gneisenau, Scharnhorst and Prinz Eugen, which were berthed at Brest and La Pallice. These raids were executed in daylight, and in the face of heavy and accurate Anti-Aircraft fire and enemy fighters. 99 Squadron.

Age: 31

RAF

Son of Henry and Louise Dixon-Wright.
Husband of Sheila Margaret Matheson, of Southsea, Hampshire. (+24 februari 1992)

Runnymede Memorial - panel 64

Source: CWGC - www.tolliss.com/webtrees/family

Stock John Frederick Stock John Frederick - 2nd Pilot

F/O - Service No 101082

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Frederick Henry and Dorothy Mary Stock, of Trewarmett, Cornwall.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 67

Source: CWGC.

Kostyshyn William Martin Kostyshyn William Martin - Observer

F/S - Service No R/75325

Age: 22

RCAF

Son of John and Mary Kostyshyn, of Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 105

Source: CWGC - Photo: canadian-virtual-war-memorial – Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.

Whittaker George Whittaker George - W.Op.

P/O - Service No 48422 - DFM.

Age: 25

RAFVR

Son of Joseph Whittaker, and of Sarah Whittaker, of Carlisle.

Hamburg (Ohlsdorf ) Cemetery - 6A. E. 6

Source: CWGC

Ollar Alexander Johnston Stewart Ollar Alexander Johnston Stewart - FG

P/O - Service No 120067 - DFM (Gazetted 28 April 1942, page 1862).

Age: 31

RAFVR

Son of Stewart Ollar and of Ethel Gertrude Ollar (nee Sherwood).
Husband of Agnes McNeil Ollar (nee Gilzean).

Runnymede Memorial - panel 71

Source: CWGC.

Newbound Fred Newbound Fred - RG

Sgt - Service No 1308926

Age: 31

RAFVR

Son of Richard and Mary Ann Newbound, of Harehills, Yorkshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 90

Source: CWGC.