Wellington X3647
Wellington X3647 115 Squadron

28/29 August 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3464 - KO-B

Wellington X3647
T/O Marham 2030 - target Nuremberg, Germany. Crashed at Prüm, Germany, Ardennes.

Also lost/damaged on this mission:
Wellington Mk III X3351 KO-Y - 1 KIA, 5 survivors
Wellington Mk III X3647 KO-A - 4 KIA, 1 POW
Wellington Mk III X3675 KO-D - 3 KIA, 1 POW, 1 Evd
Wellington Mk III BJ688 KO-R  - 5 KIA.
Wellington Mk III Z1607 KO-T.
Crashed on landing at Barton Bendish due to petrol shortage caused by airscrew pitch control being temporarily u/s.
Up 2035 down 0438.
The crew,
P/O Berry J. D.       Captain
P/O Wallace G. E.  Navigator
Sgt Goad J.              W/T Op
Sgt Harris J. T.         F. Gunner
Sgt Bryant W. K.     R. Gunner
All crew reported to have survived with no serious injuries.

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.

     
Photos: Oliver Köhler, Dambusters museum, Germany. More info on Aircrew Remembered

Allen William Stansfield Duffy J. H. - Pilot

P/O - Service No 115705

Age: - POW No 642 - Stalag Luft Sagan (L3)

RAFVR

Son of

Source: Aircrew Remembered

Hesp William John Lovelady Lawrence - Observer

Sgt - Service No 657979

Age: - POW No 26840 - Stalag Lamsdorf (344)

RAFVR

Son of

Source: Aircrew Remembered

Haddleton William Desmond Brennan C. - WOP/AG

Sgt - Service No 657436

Age: - POW No 26814 - Stalag Lamsdorf (344)

RAFVR

Son of

Source: Aircrew Remembered

Hepworth Eric Gibson Ronald - WOP/AG

P/O - Service No 48816

Age: - POW No 646 - Stalag Luft Sagan (L3)

RAFVR

Son of

*Sgt Gibson survived an earlier incident on the 2nd July 1940 whilst attacking the German Battleship Scharnhorst.

Source; Aircrew Remembered*

Tuck John Frederick Martin J. G. - AG.

Sgt - Service No 1226833

Age: - POW No 26833 - Stalag Lamsdorf (344)

RAFVR

Son of

Source: Aircrew Remembered