115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

6/7 December 1942

Wellington Mk III - BK513 KO-V

T/O East Wretham 1732 - target Mannheim, Germany. A/c crashed at Montcornet (Aisne), 35 km NE of Laon, France.

Also lost on this mission: Wellington Mk III BJ898 KO-C, 5 KIA

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

272 aircraft - 101 Lancasters, 65 Halifaxes, 57 Wellingtons, 49 Stirlings.

The target area was found to be completely cloud-covered. Most of the Pathfinders withheld their flares and many of the 220 crews who bombed did so on dead-reckoning positions. Mannheim reports only 500 or so incendiary bombs and some leaflets. There were no casualties in Mannheim.

10 aircraft - 5 Wellingtons, 3 Halifaxes, 1 Lancaster, 1 Stirling - lost, 3.1 per cent of the force, and 4 more aircraft crashed in England.

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

Robertson Alexander Winton Dixon Maxwell Wintringham - Pilot

F/O - Service No 414265

Age: 22

RNZAF

Son of Prideaux Wintringham Dixon and Lillian Mary Dixon, of Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand.

Montcornet Military Cemetery, Departement Ainse, France - grave GG. 1

Source: CWGC.

Wager Leonard Richard Rae James Douglas - Observer

F/S - Service No R86314

Age: 26

RCAF

Son of MacDuff and Laura May Rae; husband of Pearl Martha Rae, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Montcornet Military Cemetery, Departement Ainse, France - grave GG. 4

Source: CWGC.

Wallace George Ernest Riches Charles - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1202006

Age: 30

RAFVR

Son of Charles and Ann Riches,
husband of Katharine Alice Riches, of West Runton, Norfolk.

Montcornet Military Cemetery, Departement Ainse, France - grave GG. 2

Source: CWGC.

Devenish-Meares Jack Colwill Malcolm Charles - BA

Sgt - Service No 1183362

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Charles William and Ethel Mildred Colwill, of Ash Vale, Hampshire.
One older sister Mildred and one older brother John.

Montcornet Military Cemetery, Departement Ainse, France - grave GG.5

Source: CWGC.

Watson Ronald Dunn Andrew Graham - RG

Sgt - Service No 1081058

Age: 29

RAFVR

Son of Andrew and Mary Dunn,
husband of Vera Dunn.

Montcornet Military Cemetery, Departement Ainse, France - grave GG. 3

Source: CWGC.