115 Squadron
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.
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.

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 Crisp Robert Philling - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1315820

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of James Crisp, and of Emily Crisp, of Gloucester.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 17. B. 21.

Source: CWGC.

Lamont Charles Derrick Lamont Charles Derrick - Observer

Sgt - Service No 413710

Age: 34

RNZAF

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 Williams William Owen Howard - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1011696

Age: 28

RAFVR

Son of Owen Howard and Nellie Williams,
husband of Vera Mary Williams, of Crosby, Liverpool.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 17. B. 20.

Source: CWGC.

Wood Joseph Clegg Wood Joseph Clegg - BA

Sgt - Service No 1238480

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Rheinberg War Cemetery - Coll. grave 17. C. 16-18.

Source: CWGC.

Rowsell Arthur Douglas Rowsell Arthur Douglas - RG

Sgt - Service No 798598 - USA

Age: 21

RAFVR

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