1940 - 1945
17/18 December 1942
Wellington Mk III - BK336 KO-D
|T/O East Wretham 1733 - target Fallersleben, Germany. A/c crashed near Grafeld 14 km W of Quakenbruck, Germany.
Also lost on this mission: Wellington Mk III BK274 KO-T, 5 KIA
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honur 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.
Total losses for the night: 18 aircraft out of 104 dispatched, 1.3 per cent.
The crew members were initially buried in Quakenbruck Evangelical Cemetery. Only Sgt Williams was identified at the time.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary December 1942.
|Crisp Robert Philling - Pilot
Sgt - Service No 1315820
Son of James Crisp, and of Emily Crisp, of Gloucester.
Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 17. B. 21.
|Lamont Charles Derrick - Observer
Sgt - Service No 413710
Son of Thomas Beattie Lamont and Harriet Victoria Lamont, Of Wainui, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 17. B. 19.
Source: CWGC - Auckland War Memorial Museum
|Williams William Owen Howard - WOP
Sgt - Service No 1011696
Son of Owen Howard and Nellie Williams,
Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 17. B. 20.
|Wood Joseph Clegg - BA
Sgt - Service No 1238480
Rheinberg War Cemetery - Coll. grave 17. C. 16-18.
|Rowsell Arthur Douglas - RG
Sgt - Service No 798598 - USA
Son of Harold and Gladys Rowsell, of Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Of Newfoundland.
Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 11. D. 19.
Source: CWGC - more photo's and info Rowsell Family at Canadian Virtual War Memorial