115 Squadron
1940 - 1945

28 September 1942

Wellington Mk III - Z1663 KO-J

T/O Mildenhall 1336 - target Dortmund-Ems Kanal near Lingen, Germany. Cloud cover (day) operation, a/c bomb load was 9 x 500lbs GP bombs. Shot down by Uffz Kurt Knespel X./JG1, FW190. Executing a beam attack and crashed 1802 into the IJsselmeer, 8 kms S of what was in 1942 the island of Urk, Netherlands.

F/S Parker was killed in the attack and F/S Clough was last seen using the cabin fire extinguisher in a brave attempt to put out the fire which was raging in the fuselage.
S/L Parsons and F/S Parker Collective Grave 69.D.11-13. In Grave 69.D.11-13 also lies an unidentified airman, a Sgt Air Observer, RCAF(?), buried 14 Oct. This unknown airman came from Urk - Sgt Clough?

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

A Bomber Command directive was now issued whereby crews stood down from night flying would be employed on daylight intruder sorties to keep the German sirens wailing and disrupt industry by driving the workers into air raid shelters.
The RAF crews' only protection was cloud cover and it was essential that there was sufficient cloud to hide in. The final Wellington loss flying from Marham occurred on Monday 28 September when six Wellingtons were detailed for a 'cloud cover' daylight bombing attack on Lingen on the Dortmund-Ems Canal.
A Wellington was no match for a German fighter and all aircraft captains had strict order to return to base if the cloud cover broke up.
On three Wellingtons of 115 Squadron as the aircraft made their way east the cover thinned out rapidly to a scattering of isolated clouds.
Sergeant Crimmin in BJ695 decided to turn back. Squadron Leader Sandes in BK272 made a similar decision.
Squadron Leader Robert James Parsons in Z1663 decided to press home the attack but eight kilometres south west of Urk over the Zuider Zee, he was attacked by Unteroffizier Kurt Knespel of 10./JG1 in a FW 190.
As his cannon shells tore through the fuselage Flight Sergeant John Austin Parker, the Canadian WOP/AG was hit and died instantly, flames from the ruptured wing gasoline tanks, fanned by the slipstream, spread rapidly. Parsons shouted over the intercom that he would try to ditch the bomber. The Canadian front-gunner, Sergeant J. M. Golmour, entered the cockpit from his turret and saw Flight Sergeant, William Leonard Clough, the 31-year-old observer with the cabin fire extinguisher in his hand vainly trying to subdue the raging furnace. The aircraft hit the sea and only the Canadian gunner, Sergeants Golmour and J. J. Stansell emerged.

Source: book, The Heavy Bomber Offensive of WWII by Martin Bowman.

Parsons Robert James Sealer Parsons Robert James Sealer - Pilot

S/L - Service No 33462

Age:

RAF

Son of

Amsterdam (New Eastern) General Cemetery - Plot 69. Row D. Coll. grave 11-13.

Source: CWGC.

Clough William Leonard Clough William Leonard - Observer

F/S - Service No 923190

Age: 31

RAFVR

Son of Albert John and Hannah Clough
husband of Marjorie Chloe Clough of Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 73

Source: CWGC.

Parker John Austin Parker John Austin - WOP

F/S - Service No R/83152

Age: 21

RCAF

Son of John Henry and Lila Isabel Parker, of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Amsterdam (New Eastern) General Cemetery - Plot 69. Row D. Coll. grave 11-13.

Source: CWGC..

Gilmour J. M. Gilmour J. M. - FG

Sgt - Service No R/79078

Age:

RCAF

POW

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

Stansell J. J. Stansell J. J. - RG

Sgt - Service No R/86311

Age:

RCAF

POW

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