115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

21/22 July 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3726 - KO-A

T/O Marham 2349. Target Duisburg, Germany.

Hit over the target by flak while flying at 8,000 feet wich set the flares alight. The fire was soon out of control which forced the crew to bale out..

Were also lost on this mission:
Wellington Mk III X3561 KO-X - 3 KIA, 2 POW
Wellington Mk III X3750 KO-B - no survivors.

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

291 aircraft - 170 Wellingtons, 39 Halifaxes, 36 Stirlings, 29 Lancasters, 17 Hampdens.

253 returning crews reported that they had bombed and started many fires but photographs showed that the flares of the leading aircraft, dropped by Gee, were not accurate and part of the bombing fell in open country over the Rhine to the west.
This large raid was possibly sent on a moonless night to avoid the German night fighters. It is interesting to note that bombing results were better than on many moonlit raids but the bomber casualties, at 4.1 per cent, were heavier than normal. Returning crews reported that Duisburg's Flak and searchlight defences were not as fierce as in recent raids to that target because of the haze and most of the bomber losses were suffered in the coastal fighter belt.
Duisburg reports much damage in housing areas, 94 buildings being destroyed and 256 seriously damaged, with 49 people killed. What Bomber Command documents describe as 'ground sources' later stated that the Thyssen steelworks and 2 other important war industries were hit.

12 aircraft - 10 Wellingtons, 1 Halifax, 1 Hampden - lost.

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

Stanford K. J. Stanford K. J. - Pilot

P/O - Service No NZ401293 - DMF.

Age:

RNZAF

POW - No 585 Stalag Luft 3.

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

Butler R. F. Butler R. F. - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1376499

Age:

RAFVR

POW - No 25102

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

Darlington L. F. G. Darlington L. F. G. - Observer

Sgt - Service No 126698

Age:

RAFVR

POW - landed in the river Rhine and nearly drowned - No 25052 Stalag Luft 4. - Commissioned while POW.

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

Cooper F. Cooper F. - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1112152

Age:

RAFVR

POW - No 25101

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

Colclough Maurice James Colclough Maurice James - FG

F/S - Service No 1265631

Age: 32

RAFVR

Son of James and Edith Colclough.
Husband of Edith May Colclough, of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - 9. B. 9.

Source: CWGC

Gardiner D. Gardiner D. - RG

Sgt - Service No 1344495

Age:

RAFVR

POW - No 25056 Stalag VIIIB (344)

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