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:
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.
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 - Pilot
F/O - Service No J/10310
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 - Observer
P/O - Service No 125994
Son of Henry and Catherine Albery,
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.
|Lennard Douglas William - WOP
P/O - Service No 123286
Son of William Alfred and Ethel Elizabeth Lennard,
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Grave 24. B. 3
|Loombe Robert Cecil - BA
Sgt - Service No 656393
Son of Robert Matthew and Margaret Ethel Loombe, of Winton, Bournemouth, Hampshire.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Grave 24. B. 5.
|Hockenhull James - RG
Sgt - Service No 655228
Son of Herbert George Victor Hockenhull and Mary Isabella Hockenhull, of Greasby, Cheshire.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Grave 24. B. 6