115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

13/14 July 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3560 - KO-K

T/O Marham 0035. Target Duisburg, Germany.

Lost starboard engine due to flak over the target. Limped over the border to Holland, forced to abandon a/c. All crew baled out succesfully. The plane crashed near St. Oedenrode, the Netherlands.

The original Observer of this crew was Sgt. Killelea. On 12 June 1942, at approximately 9.30 pm a solitary German bomber dropped a stick of bomb's on King's Lynn wich demolished the Eagle public house, Sgt Killelea was in the public house at the time. CWGC

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

194 aircraft - 139 Wellingtons, 33 Halifaxes, 13 Lancasters, 9 Stirlings - The first of a series of raids on this industrial city on the edge of the Ruhr.

The force encountered cloud and electrical storms and reported that their bombing was well scattered. Duisburg reports only housing damage - 11 houses destroyed, 18 seriously damaged - and 17 people killed.

6 aircraft - 3 Wellingtons, 2 Stirlings, 1 Lancaster - were lost, 4 more aircraft crashed in tons England.

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

Mooney Henry Delmer Mooney Henry Delmer - Pilot

F/S - Service No R/79662

Age: 20

RCAF

POW - No 24959

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

Bruce Donald Bruce Donald (Don) - Observer

Sgt - Service No 1251735

Age: 21

RAFVR

POW - No 24962

Sgt Don Bruce 115 Squadron RAF My Father's Website -

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

Hancock William W. M. Hancock William W. M. - W.Op.

P/O - Service No 115314

Age: 20

RAFVR

POW - No 9469 Stalag Luft 3.

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

Margerison William W. M. Margerison William W. M. - FG

Sgt - Service No 1219889

Age: 21

RAFVR

POW - No 24960

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

Esling Ronald J. Esling Ronald J. - RG

Sgt - Service No 637565

Age: 22

RAF

POW - No 24961 - Stalag VIIIB 344 - He exchanged identity with LCpl E Lawrence.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - Bomber Command Losses 1942 by W R Chorley , page 150