115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

28/29 July 1942

Wellington Mk III - Z1624 - KO-D

T/O Marham 2308. Target Hamburg, Germany.

Shot down by a night fighter and a/c crashed at 0321 in the IJsselmeer, Netherlans, 10 km SW of Lemmer at a place called Laaksum. Crew were on their 2nd operation and were attacked on the return journey from the target.
After abandoning the a/c two parachutes were seen to be on fire.

Were also lost on this mission: Wellington Mk III Z1605 KO-R - no survivors.

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.

Mason Leonard Martin Mason Leonard Martin - Pilot

P/O - Service No 411429

Age: 25

RNZAF

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 116

Source: CWGC.

Thorpe Charles Frederick Thorpe Charles Frederick - Observer

P/O - Service No 117137

Age:

RAFVR

POW - No 608

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - photo: www.teunispats.nl

Pelgrim C. B. F. Pelgrim C. B. F. - W.Op.

P/O - Service No J/7496

Age:

RCAF - USA

POW - No 604

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

Brogan James Anthony Brogan James Anthony - BA

Sgt - Service No 1072884

Age: 29

RAFVR

Son of James and Jane Brogan (nee Ryder) of St. Helens Lancs.
Husband of M. Brogan.
His brother in law Bernard Friar (Pioneer Corps) died on 7th May 1941, age 25

Runnymede Memorial - panel 79

Source: CWGC - photo and info: sthelensrollsofhonour.co.uk

RONDEAU A. J. A RONDEAU A. J. A. - RG

P/O - Service No J/9064

Age:

RCAF

POW - No 605 Stalag Luft 3.

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