115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

6/7 October 1942

Wellington Mk III - BK313 KO-B

T/O Mildenhall 1901 - target Osnabrück, Germany.
Shot down on his way back to base by Lt Hans Krause, 2 Stab I./NJG3 flying a Do217 J coded D5+LH. - his first victory.

Also damaged on this mission:
Wellington Mk III BJ879 KO-X, 1 KIA, 5 survivors.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honur by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.- 12oclockhigh.net/archive

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.

Smith Leonard Ian Smith Leonard Ian - Pilot

F/O - Service No J/10310

Age: 22

RCAF

Son of Joseph Grove Smith and Amy Smith, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Grave 24. B. 4.

Source: CWGC. - Photo and info: Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Albery Robert Lewis Albery Robert Lewis - Observer

P/O - Service No 125994

Age: 31

RAFVR

Son of Henry and Catherine Albery,
husband of Joan Kathleen Albery, of Bradmore, Wolverhampton.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Grave 24. B. 2.

Also died on service his brothers, Victor George +04/10/1939, age 20, service no T/69319, Putney Vale Cemetery and crematorium, London, and Henry Charles +21/11/1942, age 29, service no 189149, Alamein Memorial, Egypt.

Source: CWGC.

Lennard Douglas William Lennard Douglas William - WOP

P/O - Service No 123286

Age: 30

RAFVR

Son of William Alfred and Ethel Elizabeth Lennard,
husband of Sybil Victoria Lennard, of Dawlish, Devon

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Grave 24. B. 3

Source: CWGC..

Loombe Robert Cecil Loombe Robert Cecil - BA

Sgt - Service No 656393

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Robert Matthew and Margaret Ethel Loombe, of Winton, Bournemouth, Hampshire.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Grave 24. B. 5.

Source: CWGC.

Hockenhull James Hockenhull James - RG

Sgt - Service No 655228

Age: 30

RAFVR

Son of Herbert George Victor Hockenhull and Mary Isabella Hockenhull, of Greasby, Cheshire.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Grave 24. B. 6

Source: CWGC.