115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

28/29 August 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3351 - KO-Y

T/O Marham 2023. Target Nuremburg, Germany.

A/c was badly damaged by a night fighther over the target. Sgt Clay was mortally wounded, a/c returned savely to base.

Also lost on this mission:
Wellington Mk III X3675 KO-D - 3 KIA, 1 POW, 1 Evd.
Wellington Mk III BJ688 KO-R - no survivors
Wellington Mk III X3647 KO-A - 4 KIA, 1 POW.

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

159 aircraft - 71 Lancasters, 41 Wellingtons, 34 Stirlings, 13 Halifaxes.

Crews were ordered to attack Nuremberg from as low as possible. The Pathfinders found their aiming point and, for the first time, marked it with target indicators adapted from 250lb bomb casings. Photographs showed that these were placed with great accuracy and the crews of the Main Force claimed to have carried out a good attack.
A report from Nuremberg does not quite confirm this. Bombs were dropped as far away as the town of Erlangen, nearly 10 miles to the north, and 4 people were killed there. In Nuremberg itself, the number of bombs recorded would indicate that approximately 50 aircraft hit the town.
137 people were killed; 126 civilians and 11 foreigners.

23 aircraft - 14 Wellingtons, 4 Lancasters, 3 Stirlings, 2 Halifaxes - lost, 14.5 per cent of the force. The Wellington losses were 34 per cent of those dispatched!

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

Grimston B. Grimston B. - Pilot

P/O - Service No

Survived

Son of

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

Cousens Alan George Seymour Cousens Alan George Seymour - Observer

W/C - Service No 44076 - DFC, DSO & CMM.

Survived

Only a month in charge of 635 squadron, Cousens was killed in action on 22nd April 1944, acting as the Master Bomber, the target was the marshalling yards at Laon, France.  

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honur by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - info: www.geni.com

MacPherson J.

MacPherson J. - Observer

P/O - Service No

Survived

Son of

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

Clay Henry Clay Henry - W.Op./Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 1112057

Age: 28

RAFVR

Son of John and Mary Clay, of North Shields.

Tynemouth (Preston) Cemetery, Northumberland.

Source: CWGC.

Volante S. J. Volante S. J. - FG

Sgt - Service No

Survivor

Son of

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

Stafford G. C. Stafford G. C. - RG

Sgt - Service No

Survivor

Son of

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