28/29 August 1942
Wellington Mk III - BJ688 KO-R
|T/O Marham 2026 - target Nuremberg, Germany.
Shot down around midnight by a night fighter, Lt Ludwig Meister, of the NJG4. Crashed about 500 meters beyond the village of Eich, near Worms, Germany.Also lost/damaged on this mission:
Wellington Mk III X3351 KO-Y - 1 KIA, 5 survivors
Wellington Mk III X3675 KO-D - 3 KIA, 1 POW, 1 Evd
Wellington Mk III X3647 KO-A - 4 KIA, 1 POW
Wellington Mk III X3464 KO-B - 5 POW
Wellington Mk III Z1607 KO-T.
Crashed on landing at Barton Bendish due to petrol shortage caused by airscrew pitch control being temporarily u/s.
Up 2035 down 0438.
P/O Berry J. D. Captain
P/O Wallace G. E. Navigator
Sgt Goad J. W/T Op
Sgt Harris J. T. F. Gunner
Sgt Bryant W. K. R. Gunner
All crew reported to have survived with no serious injuries.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honur by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
159 aircraft - 71 Lancasters, 41 Wellingtons, 34 Stirlings, 13 Halifaxes.
Crews were ordered to attack Nuremberg from as low as possible. The Pathfinders found their aiming point and, for the first time, marked it with target indicators adapted from 250lb bomb casings. Photographs showed that these were placed with great accuracy and the crews of the Main Force claimed to have carried out a good attack.
23 aircraft - 14 Wellingtons, 4 Lancasters, 3 Stirlings, 2 Halifaxes - lost, 14.5 per cent of the force. The Wellington losses were 34 per cent of those dispatched!
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary August 1942.
|Pafford Clifford Wilbert - Pilot
P/O - Service No J/8215
Son of L. G. Pafford and Florence Pafford, of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.
Durnbach War Cemetery - 2. G. 7.
Source: CWGC. - Photo
|Laidlaw Francis Angus James - Observer
P/O - Service No 120035
Age: 32 - °25 June 1910, Hoddam, Scotland.
Son of James and Mary C. Laidlaw.
Durnbach War Cemetery - 2. G. 10.
Source: CWGC - University of Glasgow.
|Follett Eric Gordon - WOP
Sgt - Service No 1287626
Son of Sydney Edwin and Emily Jane Follett, of Ealing, Middlesex.
Durnbach War Cemetery - 2. G. 6.
|Ellis Arthur Frank - BA
Sgt - Service No 657672
Son of Arthur Edward and Angelina Ellis.
Durnbach War Cemetery - 2. G. 8.
|Jemmett Joseph - Air Gnr.
F/S - Service No R/87576
Son of John and Anna Jemmett, of Toronto. Ontario. Canada.
Durnbach War Cemetery - 2. G. 9.