115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

28/29 August 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3675 KO-D

T/O Marham 2026 - target Nuremberg, Germany.

Shot down by night fighter Hptm Bietmann, II./NJG1. Crashed at Grant-Hallet, Luik, Belgium

Also lost/damaged on this mission:
Wellington Mk III X3351 KO-Y - 1 KIA, 5 survivors
Wellington Mk III BJ688 KO-R - no survivors
Wellington Mk III X3647 KO-A - 4 KIA, 1 POW.

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

159 aircraft - 71 Lancasters, 41 Wellingtons, 34 Stirlings, 13 Halifaxes.

Crews were ordered to attack Nuremberg from as low as possible. The Pathfinders found their aiming point and, for the first time, marked it with target indicators adapted from 250lb bomb casings. Photographs showed that these were placed with great accuracy and the crews of the Main Force claimed to have carried out a good attack.
A report from Nuremberg does not quite confirm this. Bombs were dropped as far away as the town of Erlangen, nearly 10 miles to the north, and 4 people were killed there. In Nuremberg itself, the number of bombs recorded would indicate that approximately 50 aircraft hit the town.
137 people were killed; 126 civilians and 11 foreigners.

23 aircraft - 14 Wellingtons, 4 Lancasters, 3 Stirlings, 2 Halifaxes - lost, 14.5 per cent of the force. The Wellington losses were 34 per cent of those dispatched!

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

Smith John George Smith John George - Pilot

W/O - Service No 742471

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Walter William and Alice Louisa Smith.
Husband of Josephine Winifred Smith, of Tickenham, Somerset.

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 9.A.6

Source: CWGC. - Photo via Bram Dermout - source www.findagrave.com

Cope Jack Edward Cope Jack Edward - Observer/BA

Sgt - Service No 1377332

Age:

RAFVR

Evade - Photo: Comete Line, the story

MacKenzie N J - WOP

Sgt - Service No NZ41596

┬░Greenpark 12 November 1914.

RNZAF

POW No 26875 Stalag 344

hotel proprietor

Sharpe William John Sharpe William John - FG

Sgt - Service No 798575

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Robert and Alfreda Sharpe, of Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 9.A.7-8

Source: CWGC - Photo: canadian-virtual-war-memorial

Carr Leslie George Carr Leslie George - RG

Sgt - Service No 1330310

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of George Lewis Carr and Ellen Lavinia Carr, of Twickenham, Middlesex.

Heverlee War Cemetery - grave 9.A.7-8

Source: CWGC - Photo via Bram Dermout - source www.findagrave.com