115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

28/29 March 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3341 - KO-W

T/O Marham 1953. Target: Lübeck. Crashed at (twixt?) Klecken and Bendestorf.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - http://www.avres-neustadt.de/headstone/crashsitesharburg/

234 aircraft - 146 Wellingtons, 41 Hampdens, 26 Stirlings, 21 Manchesters.

This raid was the first major success for Bomber Command against a German target. The attack was carried out in good visibility, with the help of an almost full moon and, because of the light defences of this target, from a low level, many crews coming down to 2,000 ft.
The force was split into 3 waves, the leading one being composed of experienced crews with Gee-fitted aircraft; although Lübeck was beyond the range of Gee, the device helped with preliminary navigation. More than 400 tons of bombs were dropped; two thirds of this tonnage was incendiary. 191 crews claimed successful attacks.

German sources show that 1,425 buildings in Lübeck were destroyed, 1,976 were seriously damaged and 8,411 were lightly damaged; these represented 62 per cent of all buildings in Lübeck.

The casualties in Lübeck were 312 or 320 people killed (accounts conflict), 136 seriously and 648 slightly injured.

12 aircraft - 7 Wellingtons, 3 Stirlings, 1 Hampden, 1 Manchester - lost.

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

Ballard William Ballard William - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1377131

Age: 30

RAFVR

Son of William and Alice J. Ballard.
Husband of Doris Ballard, of Shepherds Bush, London.

Becklingen War Cemetery - Coll. grave 13. D. 1-4.

Source: CWGC

Weller John Allan Weller John Allan - 2nd Pilot

P/O - Service No 404515

Age: 26

RAAF

Son of Harry and Agnes Myrtle Weller, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Becklingen War Cemetery - Coll. grave 13. D. 1-4.

Source: CWGC - Photo: museum.nudgee.com, St Joseph's Nudgee College

Maher James Brian Maher James Brian - Observer

F/O - Service No 402517

Age: 25

RAAF

Son of James and Ellen Johanna Maher, of Mosman, New South Wales, Australia.

Becklingen War Cemetery - Coll. grave 13. D. 1-4.

Source: CWGC

Lawrence Edward Bolton Lawrence Edward Bolton - W.Op./Air Gnr

Sgt - Service No 1283153

Age: 32

RAFVR

Son of Ernest Edward and Maud Mary Lawrence. Husband of Kathleen Ruby Lawrence, of Stanmore, Middlesex.

Becklingen War Cemetery - Coll. grave 13. D. 1-4.

Source: GWGC

Suckling Herbert Lloyd Suckling Herbert Lloyd - W.Op./Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 1258955

Age:21

RAFVR

Son of Herbert and Mahala M. S. Suckling, of Northolt, Middlesex.

Becklingen War Cemetery - Coll. grave 13. D. 1-4.

Source: CWGC

Wilson Patrick Wilson Patrick - RG

Sgt - Service No619929

Age: 33

RAF

Son of John and Mary Wilson.
Husband of Marjorie Edith Wilson, of Notting Hill Gate, London.

Becklingen War Cemetery - Coll. grave 13. D. 1-4.

Source: CWGC