115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

28/29 July 1942

Wellington Mk III - Z1605 - KO-R

T/O Marham 2308. Target Hamburg, Germany.

Also lost on this mission: Wellington Mk III Z1624 KO-D - 2 KIA, 3 POW.

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

256 aircraft - 165 from 3 Group and 91 OTU aircraft - dispatched.
A much larger force had been detailed for this raid but bad weather over the bases of 1, 4 and 5 Groups prevented their participation. The force which took off comprised 161 Wellingtons, 71 Stirlings and 24 Whitleys.
The weather worsened and the OTU aircraft were recalled, although 3 of them went on to bomb Hamburg. The remaining bomber force became very scattered; many more aircraft turned back and only 68 bombed in the target area. Hamburg suffered 13 people killed and 48 injured with 56 fires, 15 of them large.

Bomber casualties were heavy. 16 Wellingtons and 9 Stirlings were lost from 3 Group, 15.2 per cent of those dispatched by the group. 4 OTU Wellingtons were lost and a Whitley crashed in the sea.

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

Williamson Alan Campbell Williamson Alan Campbell - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 411487

Age: 21

RNZAF

Son of Alec and Ann Williamson* of Holgate Road, Kohimarama.
(*Their daughter died at an early age in Scotland and the eldest son died in a farming accident in New Zealand.)

Kiel War Cemetery - 1. A. 16

Source: CWGC - photo and info: aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial

Brydon John Lovat Brydon John Lovat - Observer

Sgt - Service No 656407

Age: 25

RAF

Son of Catherine Brydon, of Tow Law, Co. Durham.

Kiel War Cemetery - 1. A. 15

Source: CWGC - photo: the war graves photographic project

McCrory Robert Getgood

McCrory Robert (Bob) Getgood - W.Op. (Observer?)

Sgt - Service No 1024870

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Robert and Margaret Elizabeth McCrory, of Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. One Brother, David +July 1982

Kiel War Cemetery - 1. A. 12.

Source: CWGC - photo: findagrave.com Added by Bernadette

Hallyburton William Hallyburton William - FG

Sgt - Service No 1066233

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Kiel War Cemetery - 1. A. 13.

Source: CWGC.

Fitzsimons Harold Douglas John Fitzsimons Harold Douglas John - RG

P/O - Service No 39097

Age: 21 - °8 September 1920

RNZAF

Son of Harold John and Ada Fitzsimons, of Waitara, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Husband of Merle Evelyn Fitzsimons, of Bulls, Wellington, New Zealand.

Kiel War Cemetery - 1. A. 14.

Source:CWGC