115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

21/22 July 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3750 - KO-B

T/O Marham 2349. Target Duisburg, Germany.

Shot down by a night fighter and crashed on the Scherpenrijd at Overakker, 2 km E of Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Also lost on this mission:
Wellington Mk III X3561 KO-X - 3 KIA, 2 POW
Wellington Mk III X3726 KO-A - 1 KIA, 5 POW.

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.

Fletcher John Horace Fletcher John Horace - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 943590

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Horace R. and Ethel A. Fletcher, of Birstall, Leicestershire.

Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery - Plot JJ. Grave 83-86 (Coll.)

Source: CWGC - photo: gravenstichtingbrabant.nl

Morris John Ingram Morris John Ingram - Observer

Sgt - Service No 1256392

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of James and Eva Gertrude Morris, of Long Ashton, Somerset.

Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery - Plot JJ. Grave 83-86 (Coll.)

Source: CWGC - photo: gravenstichtingbrabant.nl

Roney George William Roney George (Jim) William - W.Op./Air Gnr.

F/S - Service No R/67269

Age: 26

RCAF

Son of Harry E. and Clara Octavia Roney, of Napanee, Ontario, Canada.

Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery - Plot JJ. Grave 82

Source: CWGC - Photo: Canadian Virtual War Memorial, project, Operation: Picture Me

Brown William Elliott Brown William Elliott - FG

F/S - Service No R/78076

Age: 20

RCAF

Son of William Easson Brown and Jessie Madeleine Brown, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery - Plot JJ. Grave 83-86 (Coll.)

Source: CWGC - photo: canadian-virtual-war-memorial, project, Operation: Picture Me

Standen Leonard Alfred Charles Standen Leonard Alfred Charles - RG

Sgt - Service No 910440

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery - Plot JJ. Grave 83-86 (Coll.)

Source: CWGC - photo: gravenstichtingbrabant.nl