115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

6/7 May 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3591 - KO-K

T/O Marham 2141. Target: Stuttgart, Germany.
All the crew baled out successfully but F/L Sword and Sgt Batty are believed to have been fatally injured due to loose parachute harnesses.

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

97 aircraft - 55 Wellingtons, 15 Stirlings, 10 Hampdens, 10 Lancasters, 7 Halifaxes - the city and the Bosch factory.
This third raid on Stuttgart was another failure, with crews again blaming ground haze for their inability to identify the city. Stuttgart's records show that no bombs fell in the city, though a few fell in woods to the west. The Lauffen decoy may have been responsible for a raid which developed on the large town of Heilbronn, only 5 miles from the decoy fire site but 20 miles from Stuttgart. More than 150 buildings were hit in Heilbronn and 7 people died there.

5 Wellingtons and 1 Halifax lost.

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

Sword John Arthur Sword John Arthur - Pilot

F/L - Service No 84698 - DFC - AFC.

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Arthur and Margaret Sword, of Chivel, Oxfordshire.
Husband of Pauline Sword (nee Bevan), of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. B.A. (Cantab.).

Rheinberg War Cemetery - 9. L. 1.

Source: CWGC

Watson B. H. J. Watson B. H. J. - 2nd Pilot

P/O - Service No 79545

Age:

RAFVR

POW - No 784 Luft 3

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

Batty William Harry Batty William Harry - Observer

Sgt - Service No 986627

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Willan and Elizabeth Alice Batty, of Sedbergh, Yorkshire.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - 22. B. 13.

Source: CWGC

Brown G. S. Brown G. S. - W.Op./Air Gnr

Sgt - Service No 1307663

Age:

RAFVR

POW - No 800 Luft 1

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

Nickson T. L. C Nickson T. L. C. - FG

F/S - Service No 529230

Age:

RAF

POW - No 79

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

Haynes C. J. Haynes C. J. - RG

F/S - Service No 1186873

Age:

RAFVR

POW - No 58 Stalag 357

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