115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

26/27 July 1942

Wellington Mk III - BJ670 - KO-K

T/O Marham 2253. Target Hamburg, Germany. Hit by flak after bombing and leaving the target.

A/c crashed in the North Sea, 10 km North of Schiemonnikoog, Netherlands. The dinghy was u/s and the survivors clung to a box from the a/c.

In every Wellington bomber there is a loose wooden box-like structure situated on the floor below the Astro Dome. It is for the crew member stationed in the Astro Dome to stand on. This had floated out of the open hatch just before the aircraft sank. They swam towards it. Each grabbed a corner with one hand and clung to it. The other hand held on to the adjacent crew member. So they drifted with the waves breaking over them continually. It was 0340 hours. The Wing Commander and his crew were dead. The crews of Sgts Howells and Burtt-Smith were drifting in the relative safety of their dinghies. This was a luxury and a lifesaver denied the crew of BJ670 KO-K. Sgt Clerides and Sgt Shoesmith both wounded. Sgt Clerides baled out and landed in the outskirts of a town (Bremen?) and was rushed to hospital. Info by: Memory 7 - Don Bruce -115 Squadron - 1942

Sgt Fereday and Lindley died from exposure before a German ASR floatplane rescued Sgts Fereday and Lindlet.

BJ670 This was found by a fisherman in 2012.

Also lost on this mission: Wellington Mk III BJ615 KO-G - No survivors

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.

Fereday Baden B. Fereday Baden B. - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1312583

Age:

RAFVR

POW - No 25062

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

Lindley G. Harry Lindley G. Harry - Observer

Sgt - Service No 1381240

Age:

RAFVR

POW - No 25063

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

Clerides Glafkos Clerides Glafkos - WOP

Sgt - Service No 924202 - Mentioned in dispatches

┬░Nicosia, April 24, 1919 - +Nicosia, November 15, 2013

RAFVR

POW - No 27163 Stalag VIIIB 344

After the war he became a prominent poltician in Cyprus and in 1995 was President of the Greek Cypriots.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan. - Photo: Cyprus-mail.com/2013/11/15/obituary-glafcos-clerides/

Skelley Frank Skelley Frank - W.Op./Air Gnr

Sgt - Service No 1071281

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of Alfred and Margaret Skelley, of Whalley Range, Manchester.

Texel (Den Burg) Cemetery, Netherlands - Plot K. Row 5. Grave 105.

Source: CWGC

Shoesmith Kelvin Hewer Shoesmith Kelvin Hewer - RG

Sgt - Service No 403655

Age: 21 - ┬░29th December 1920 in Wingham, NSW
His body was recovered in Oksby, Denmark on 21 August 1942.

RAAF

Son of William Stanley Boyde Shoesmith and Ella Maude Greaves.

Ebsjerg Fourfelt Cemetery, Denmark - AIII. 10. 18.

Source: CWGC - rslvirtualwarmemorial.org.au - photo: www.airmen.dk