115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

22/23 November 1942

Wellington Mk III - BJ842 KO-W

T/O East Wretham 1840 - target Stuttgard, Germany. Shot down by a Ju88 night fighter from IV/NJG4. Crashed at Montigny Le France, Signy-Signets (Seine-et-Marne) 13 km ESE of Meaux, France.

Also lost on this mission: Wellington Mk III BK206 KO-R, 1 POW - 4 KIA

Unusually F/O Wallace who was an observer was captain of this a/c and crew. He was crewed up originally with P/O Berry's crew in August 1942 and would have been the most experienced member of this crew.

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

222 aircraft - 97 Lancasters, 59 Wellingtons, 39 Halifaxes, 27 Stirlings.

A thin layer of cloud and some ground haze concealed Stuttgart and the Pathfinders were not able to identify the centre of the city. Heavy bombing developed to the south-west and south and the outlying residential districts of Vaihingen, Rohr, Mohringen and Plieningen, all about 5 miles from the centre, were hit. 88 houses were destroyed and 334 seriously damaged; 28 people were killed and 71 injured.

10 aircraft - 5 Lancasters, 3 Wellingtons, 2 Halifaxes - lost, 4.5 per cent of the force.

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

Coates Edwin Armstrong Coates Edwin Armstrong - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 403798

Age: ┬░June 13 1911 Guyra, NSW, Australia

RAAF - evaded - He made a solo escape through France, and into Spain (Pyrenees January 43), then Gibraltar, after fifty-five days on the run. He was home by mid-February 1943.

Son of

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honur by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - Flying Among Heroes: The Story of Squadron Leader T.C.S. Cooke DFC AFC DFM AE

Wager Leonard Richard Wager Leonard Richard - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1332120

Age:

RAFVR - POW No 951 Stalag Luft 1
He first evaded capture and was betrayed by a Belgian at Ghlin near Mons (Bergen), on 27/11/1942.

Son of

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honur by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - rafcommands.com.

Wallace George Ernest Wallace George Ernest - Observer

F/O - Service No J10183

Age: 26

RCAF

Son of Samuel Robert and Annie Elizabeth Wallace, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Perreuse Chateau Franco British National Cemetery - grave 2. B. 2

Source: CWGC.

Devenish-Meares Jack Devenish-Meares Jack - WOP

Sgt - Service No 405349

Age:

RAAF - POW No 42673 Stalag 357

Son of

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

Watson Ronald Watson Ronald - BA

Sgt - Service No 65596

Age:

RAF - POW - No 42826 Stalag Luft 6

Son of

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

Payie Everett Garfield Payie Everett Garfield - RG

Sgt - Service No R108688

Age: 25

RCAF

Son of Edward and Lyla Payie, of Nobel, Ontario, Canada.

Perreuse Chateau Franco British National Cemetery - grave 2. B. 1

Source: CWGC