115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

26/27 April 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3633 - KO-Y

T/O Marham 2223. Target: Rostock, Germany (Fourth raid). Route - North Walsham - Sylt - 55N 10E - Rostock. Return by the same route. Shot down by a night fighter from the II./NJG3, guided to the target by a searchlight.

Crashed 0200 at a cross roads W of Neder Jerstal, 3 km SW of Over Jerstal Denmark. Crew buried on 6 May 1942 by German naval chaplain Graumann from Flensburg. A stone memorial was erected near the cross roads by local people in 1947. More info and crashphoto's on: Airwar over Denmark

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

106 or 109 aircraft (there are conflicting figures) of 7 different types, approximately half to the town and half to the Heinkel factory. Successful bombing was recorded by both parts of the force.

The 4 raids in this series resulted in the destruction of 1,765 buildings and serious damage to 513 more buildings in Rostock. Bomber Command estimated that 130 acres were destroyed, 60 per cent of the main town area. Casualties were 204 people killed and 89 injured.

3 aircraft - 1 Stirling, 1 Wellington, 1 Whitley - lost.

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

Fone Alfred Thomas Fone Alfred Thomas - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1004017

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Harold and Ellen Fone, of Leeds, Yorkshire.

Aabenraa Cemetery, Denmark - Allied Mil. Plot. Row 1. Coll. grave 6

Source: CWGC - photo: Mogens Jensen for findagrave.com

Rollinson Irvine John Rollinson Irvine John - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1311945

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Aabenraa Cemetery, Denmark - Allied Mil. Plot. Row 1. Coll. grave 6A.

Source: CWGC - photo: Mogens Jensen for findagrave.com

Saint Alexander Duncan Saint Alexander Duncan - Observer

Sgt - Service No 789543

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Wilfred and Drusilla Saint, of Bonavista, Newfoundland, Canada.

Aabenraa Cemetery, Denmark - Allied Mil. Plot. Row 1. Coll. grave 6A.

Source: CWGC - Photo: Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Smith William Gardiner Smith William Gardiner - W.Op./Air Gnr

Sgt - Service No 997321

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Aabenraa Cemetery, Denmark - Allied Mil. Plot. Row 1. Coll. grave 6A.

Source: GWGC - photo: Mogens Jensen for findagrave.com

Grieve James Small Grieve James Small - W.Op./Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 1308989

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Aabenraa Cemetery, Denmark - Allied Mil. Plot. Row 1. Coll. grave 6A.

Source: CWGC - photo: Mogens Jensen for findagrave.com

Simmans Albert Edward Simmans Albert Edward - RG

Sgt - Service No 6137114

Age: 23

RAF

Son of Albert Edward and Lily Beatrice Simmans, of Barking, Essex.

Aabenraa Cemetery, Denmark - Allied Mil. Plot. Row 1. 6

Source: CWGC - photo: Mogens Jensen for findagrave.com