115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

6/7 October 1942

Wellington Mk III - BJ879 KO-X

T/O Mildenhall 1950 - target Osnabrück, Germany.
The rear gunner was mortally wounded by cannon fire from a night fighter. The a/c landed safely at 2335 hours at Oulton air base, Norfolk.

Also lost on this mission: Wellington Mk III BK313 KO-B, 5 KIA.

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

On the night of 6/7th October1942 when returning from operations to Osnabruck, Cote was the rear gunner on Wellington BJ879 of 115 sqn RAF.
At 22:00 hours his aircraft was attacked by a night fighter. The enemy fighter's first burst of cannon fire shattered the rear turret mortally wounding the rear gunner (Cote), putting the hydraulics and three of the guns out of action.
The front gunner fired at and hit the enemy aircraft with three bursts at 75 yards. The Wellington then dived on the enemy aircraft and hit it with the rear fuselage.
Flight Sergeant Cote, although mortally wounded gallantly endeavoured to use the hand rotation gear to bring his remaining gun to bear on the enemy. The Wellington was riddled, the controls damaged and the intercom put out of action. The rest of the Wellington crew were uninjured.

Source: www.bombercommand.jigsy.com/flight-sergeant-joseph-john-edward-cote-r-82472-

237 aircraft - 101 Wellingtons, 68 Lancasters, 38 Stirlings, 30 Halifaxes.

The Pathfinders succeeded in illuminating the Dummer See, a large lake north-east of the target which was used as a run-in point. The town of Osnabrück was then found and marked.
The bombing was well concentrated, with most of the attack falling in the centre and the southern parts of the target.
Osnabrück's report shows that 149 houses were destroyed, 530 were seriously damaged and 2,784 lightly damaged. 6 industrial premises were destroyed and 14 damaged.
65 people were killed - 45 civilians, 16 policemen or servicemen and 4 foreign workers - and 151 were injured.

6 aircraft - 2 Halifaxes, 2 Lancasters, 2 Sterlings were lost. (2 Wellingtons? DF639 of 75 Sqn, and BK313 of 115 Sqn).

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

Pate H. Pate H. - Pilot

Sgt - Service No USA

Age:

Son of

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

Thurston C. Thurston C. - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No

Age:

Son of

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

Sewell F. Sewell F. - Observer

Sgt - Service No

Age:

Son of

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

Dunber J. Dunber J. - WOP

Sgt - Service No

Age:

Son of

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

Betteridge J. Betteridge J. - BA

Sgt - Service No

Age:

Son of

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

Cote Joseph John Edward Cote Joseph John Edward - RG

F/S - Service No R/82472

Age: 21

RCAF

Son of F/S. E. N. Cote, RCAF., and Catharine Cote, of Ottawa. Ontario, Canada.

Beck Row (St. Johns) Churchyard, Mildenhall, Suffolk. - Row C. Grave 7.

Source: CWGC - Photo: Canadian Virtual War Memorial