115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

17/18 December 1942

Wellington Mk III - BK274 KO-T

T/O East Wretham 1733 - target Fallersleben, Germany. A/c crashed at Wettbergen, 20.01, cause of loss: flak. Germany.

Also lost on this mission: Wellington Mk III BK336 KO-D, 5 KIA

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

Minor Operations: 27 Lancasters of 5 Group were sent on raids to 8 small German towns and 16 Stirlings and 6 Wellingtons of 3 Group attempted to attack the Opel works at Fallersleben. This type of limited operation proved to be a costly failure.
9 of the 27 Lancasters were lost and, at Fallersleben, only 3 aircraft bombed the target, in cloud conditions, and 6 Stirlings and 2 Wellingtons were lost from this part of the night's operations.

Total losses for the night: 18 aircraft out of 104 dispatched, 1.3 per cent.

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

Campbell Alexander Bruce Campbell Alexander Bruce - Pilot

F/O - Service No J10769

Age: 22

RCAF

Son of Alexander Bruce Campbell and Dora Helen Campbell, of Willowdale, Ontario, Canada.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 12. F. 3.

Source: CWGC.

Bugden Eric Theodore Bugden Eric Theodore - Observer

F/O - Service No 128029

Age: °1920 Burgeo, Newfoundland, Canada

RAFVR

Son of

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 12. D. 16.

Source: CWGC - more info Our Family History

Sotkowy Stanley Walter Sotkowy Stanley Walter - WOP

F/S - Service No R102246

Age: 21

RCAF

Son of Walter and Tillie Sotkowy, of Summerberry, Saskatchewan. Canada.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 12. F. 6.

Source: CWGC - photo Find a grave project, Operation: Picture Me

Woodman James Donald Woodman James Donald - BA

F/O - Service No J11232

Age: 23

RCAF

Son of Samuel Edward Leslie and Minnie Ellen Woodman, of Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 12. F. 2.

Source: CWGC - photo Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Emery Trevor George Emery Trevor George - RG

Sgt - Service No 1321172

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of George William and Georgina Lily Emery, of Shirrell Heath, Hampshire.

Hanover War Cemetery - grave 12. D. 12.

Source: CWGC.