115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

3/4 June 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3635 - KO-J

T/O Marham 2300. Taget Bremen, Germany.

Shot down at 0406 hrs. by Ofw Georg Klever, flying ME110 Nightfighter, NJG/3 based at Laon/Athles airbase, Northern France. Its believed that the a/c had a full bomb load at the time.

Source: http://aircrewremembered.com/wood-thomas.html

Also Wellington Mk III X3724 KO-T was lost on the same mission.

170 aircraft of all standard types were dispatched on the first large raid to Bremen since October 1941.
Crews reported only indifferent bombing results but Bremen recorded this as a heavy attack, the results of which exceeded all previous raids. Housing areas were heavily hit with 6 streets affected by serious fires. Damage to the U-boat construction yards and the Focke-Wulf factory is described as 'of no importance' but there were hits in the harbour area which damaged a pier, some warehouses and the destroyer Z-25. With 83 people dead, 29 seriously and 229 slightly injured, this would turn out to be Bremen's third heaviest casualty toll in the war.

11 aircraft - 4 Wellingtons, 2 Halifaxes, 2 Lancasters, 2 Stirlings, 1 Manchester - lost.

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

Wood Thomas Reader Russel Wood Thomas Reader Russel - Pilot

F/O - Service No 67642 - posthumously DFC 3 June 1942.

Age:

RAFVR

Sunday Guardian 14 June 1942: P/O T. R. Wood, son of the Hon’ble B. R. Wood of British Guiana, reported missing after Bremen raid on night June 4/5 1942. Sometime during Oct/Nov last year (1941), he injured his shoulder when forced to bail out after petrol supply ran out.

Becklingen War Cemetery - 26. G. 12

Source: CWGC - www.caribbeanaircrew-ww2.com

Chapman John Wynne Chapman John Wynne - 2nd Pilot

F/S - Service No 41978

Age: 29

RNZAF

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 117

Source: CWGC

Howe Leonard John Howe Leonard John - Observer

Sgt - Service No 1375874

Age:

RAFVR

Son of John and Ellen Louise Howe, of Lower Edmonton, Middlesex.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 86

He served time in the Marines and had "The Flying Marine" chalked on the door of his flying locker.

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

Davies Maurice John Morris Davies Maurice John Morris - WOP

Sgt - Service No 905368

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Thomas Morris Davies and Catherine Anne Davies, of Barnes, Surrey.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 81

Source: CWGC

Pearce H. B. Pearce H. B. - FG

P/O - Service No 106036

Age:

RAFVR

POW - No 556 Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Poland.

Try to escape. Ended up 3 years in a prison camp.

Source: More info on Aircrew Remebered

Wischhusen Benjamin Francis Wisch(h)usen Benjamin Francis - RG

Sgt - Service No 751991

Age: 27

RAFVR

Son of Benjamin John and Francis Ellen (nee Ellam) Wisch(h)usen, of Boscombe, Hampshire.
Husband of May (nee Smith) Wisch(h)usen, of Enfield, Middlesex.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 97

Source: CWGC - Photo: aircrewremembered.com