115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

26/27 March 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3589 - KO-F

T/O Marham 1935. Target: Essen, Germany. Crashed at Uedem, 7 km ESE of Goch, Germany.

Leutnant Wilhelm Johnen (°9 October 1921 – +7 February 2002) gained his first victory on 26/27 March 1942 when, with Bordfunker Gefreiter Risop, he claimed Wellington bomber X3589 'KO-F. Infowikipedia

Also Wellington Mk III X3604 KO-Y was lost on this mission.

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

104 Wellingtons and 11 Stirlings. 10 Wellingtons and 1 Stirling lost.
The bombing force encountered heavy Flak at the target and many night fighters on the routes. Hits on the Krupps works and fires in Essen were claimed but the raid was actually another failure on this difficult target. Only 22 high-explosive bombs were counted in Essen, with 2 houses destroyed, 6 people killed and 14 injured. The bombers had suffered nearly 10 per cent casualties.

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

Taylor Harry Taylor Harry - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1260918

Age: 25

RAFVR

Son of Harry and Jean Gibson Taylor, of Annan, Dumfriesshire.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen - 1. G. 5

Source: CWGC

Owen Emrys Owen Emrys - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1253602

Age: 26

RAFVR

Son of William Thomas Owen and Mary Elizebeth Owen, of Treherbert, Glamorgan.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen - 1. G. 1.

Source: CWGC

Bailey Edgar Albert Bailey Edgar Albert - Observer

Sgt - Service No 1252567

Age: 24

RAFVR

Son of Edgar Albert and Rose Bailey; husband of Winifred Cherisy Bailey, of Palmer's Green, Middlesex.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen - 1. G. 3

Source: CWGC

Williams George Williams George - W.Op./Air Gnr

Sgt - Service No 1186280

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen - 1. G. 6

Source: GWGC

Watkinson James Herbert Watkinson James Herbert - W.Op./Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 1309927

Age: 27

RAFVR

Son of Elizabeth Watkinson; husband of Gladys E. Watkinson, of York.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen - 1. G. 4

Source: CWGC

Taylor Henry Taylor Henry - RG

P/O - Service No 114965

Age: 30

RAFVR

Son of Edwin and Emily Taylor of Southport, Lancashire.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen - 1. G. 2

Source: CWGC