Wellington N3016 15/16 May 1940

Wellington Mk IC - P9229 - KO-S

T/O Marham - 2335. Target oil refineries, Duisburg, Germany.

39 Wellingtons, 36 Hampdens and 24 Whitleys (99 aircraft in total) despatched to 16 targets in the vital Ruhr industrial area of Germany. 81 aircraft report bombing their primary or secondary objectives. 1 Wellington lost. 6 Wellingtons and 6 Whitleys also raided targets in Belgium without loss. These are the first Bomber Command raids to the east of the Rhine and mark the beginning of Bomber Command's Strategic Offensive.
Source: webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk, Bomber Command Campaign Diary 1940

F/S. PRINGLE took off at first at 2055 in O. P.9299. but returned with engine trouble, he left A.C. BUTLER who was sick and took off again in S. P.9229.

Blown off course by high wind and crashed in high ground between Bernay and Rouen, France. All crew were killed except Cpl. FALLOWS who dies later.
First RAF casualties of the strategic bombing war.

Pringle Alec Edward Pringle Alec Edward - Pilot - DFC

F/L - Service No 37299

Age: 26 (°22 July 1913)

RAF

Son of

Bernay Communal Cemetery (St. Croix) - Row 2. Grave 8.

Source GWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by wallaby33

Evans Herbert Prestyl Evans Herbert Prestyl - Pilot

F/O - Service No 40377

Age:

RAF

Bernay Communal Cemetery (Ste Croix) - Row 2. Grave 9.

Source GWGC - Photo via commonwealth-war-graves-bernay.damito.co.uk

Kirkham Thomas Russell Kirkham Thomas Russell - Observer/Nav.

Sgt - Service No 580599

Age: 21

RAF

Son of Thomas and Jane T. E. Kirkham, of East Preston, Sussex.

Bernay Communal Cemetery (Ste Croix) - Row 2. Grave 10.

Source GWGC - Photo via commonwealth-war-graves-bernay.damito.co.uk

Pilgrim Roger Colin John Pilgrim Roger Colin John - Wireless Operator/Air Gnr.

Cpl - Service No 531692

Age: 26

RAF

Son of John George and Elizabeth Matilda Pilgrim, of Bacton, Norfolk.

Bernay Communal Cemetery (Ste Croix) - Row 2. Grave 7.

Source GWGC - Photo via Kurtis Gale, thanks.

Fallows Reginald Frederick Fallows Reginald Frederick - Air Gnr.

Cpl - Service No 518379

Age:

RAF

Son of

Bernay Communal Cemetery (Ste Croix) - Row 2. Grave 11.

Source GWGC - Photo via commonwealth-war-graves-bernay.damito.co.uk