115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

1/2 June 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3721 - KO-F

T/O Marham 2255. Target Essen, Germany. Lost without trace

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

This was the second raid carried out by the 'Thousand Force' although the full 1,000 aircraft could not be provided on this night. 956 aircraft were dispatched: 545 Wellingtons, 127 Halifaxes, 77 Stirlings, 74 Lancasters, 71 Hampdens, 33 Manchesters and 29 Whitleys.
The plan was similar to the recent raid on Cologne except that many more flares were dropped by the raid leaders, Wellingtons of 3 Group. Crews experienced great difficulty in finding the target, the ground was covered either by haze or a layer of low cloud. Bombing was very scattered.
Essen reports only 11 houses destroyed and 184 damaged, mostly in the south of the city, and one prisoner of war working camp burnt out.
Casualties were 15 people killed and 91 injured. Bombs also fell on at least 11 other towns in or near the Ruhr. Particularly heavy bombing occurred in Oberhausen with 83 people killed, Duisburg with 52 killed, and Mülheim with 15 killed.

31 bombers were lost: 15 Wellingtons, 8 Halifaxes, 4 Lancasters, 1 Hampden, 1 Manchester, 1 Stirling, 1 Whitley. This was 3.2 per cent of the force dispatched.

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

Williams Lyn Collis Williams Lyn Collis - Pilot

F/O - Service No 44362

Age: 28

RAF

Son of Collis and Winifred Ann Williams.
Husband of Sylvia Elaine Williams, of Westfield, Surrey.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 68

Source: CWGC

King Douglas George King Douglas George - Observer

P/O - Service No 404378

Age: 23 - °born in Palmerston North

RNZAF

Son of Arthur James King (army officer) and Lily Holding.
Was also the half brother of Jessie C. King and Albert J. King.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 116

Source: CWGC

McKellar John Campbell McKellar John Campbell - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1062986

Age: 34

RAFVR

Son of John Campbell McKellar, and of Jean Ross McKellar, of York.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 88

Source: CWGC

Hepple Thomas Hepple Thomas - FG

Sgt - Service No 1378983

Age: 29

RAFVR

Son of Michael and Mary Hepple; husband of Rita D. Hepple, of Middle Herrington, Co. Durham.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 85

Source: CWGC

Strain John Lawrence Strain John Lawrence - RG

Sgt - Service No 1357040

Age: 28

RAFVR

Son of W. A. and Violet C. Strain, of Ladywood, Birmingham.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 94

Source: GWGC