115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

6 May 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3466 - KO-N

T/O Marham 2130. Target: Stuttgart, Germany
Crashed in the vicinity of Laon, Aisne, France.

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

77 aircraft - 49 Wellingtons, 13 Stirlings, 11 Halifaxes, 4 Lancasters - to the city and the Bosch factory.
There was no cloud but the ground was haze-covered. The Lauffen decoy again attracted much of the bombing. The nearest bombs to Stuttgart fell in woods west of the city.

3 Wellingtons and 1 Stirling lost.

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

Paterson Nathaniel Paterson Nathaniel - Pilot

F/L - Service No 36261

Age: 25

RAF - NZ

Son of Henry Louis and Enid Meade Paterson, of Roslyn, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.
Husband of Barbara Olivia Paterson.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 66

Source: CWGC

Leland Patrick Henry Francis William Leland Patrick Henry Francis William - Observer

P/O - Service No 403965

Age: 27

RNZAF

Son of Thomas A. Leland and Annie Leland, of Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand.
Husband of Betty Leland.

Laon (St Just) Communal Cemetery - Grave 15.

Source: CWGC - Photo: aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial

Smith A. E. Smith A. E. - W.Op./Air Gnr

Sgt - Service No 1184107

Age:

RAFVR

POW - No 443 Stalag 357

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

Ramsbottom B. A. Ramsbottom B. A. - Air Gnr

Sgt - Service No 1165659

Age:

RAFVR

POW - No 83 Stalag 357

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

Edward Callander Callander Edward (Ned) - Air Gnr.

Warrant Officer - Service No 1061420 - DFM.

Age: ° 1917 - + 7 March 1944.

RAFVR

POW - No 38 Luft 6.
Art. story BBC  by Giancarlo Rinaldi  South of Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

He escaped from Stalag Luft VI on 5 March 1944 but was recaptured and taken to Mauthausen concentration camp, where he was executed, although the exact details and date are unknown.
Source: rafcommands.com - Thread: 440307 - Unaccounted Airmen - 7-3-1944

Son of Edward Callander and of Isabella Callander (nee Bryden).

Runnymede Memorial - panel 213

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