Wellington P9286 16/17 November 1940

Wellington Mk IC - P9286 - KO-K

T/O Marham 2015. Target Hamburg, Germany.

Crashed in the Groetpolder near Winkel, Netherlands. Shot down at 0205 by Oblt. Egmont Prinz zur Lippe Weissenfeld (°14 July 1918  +12 March 1944) of NJG 1, his first victory.

During the nights of 15/16 and 16/17 November, a total of over 200 aircraft were despatched to Hamburg. (Curiously, in light of subsequent events, these were the second and third consecutive nights that the city had been targeted). One the first night, heavy damage was caused at the Blohm & Voss shipyard and over 60 fires started, but on the next raid, only 60 aircraft were able to find their target. A further 25 found alternatives, but the damage as far less severe.

On this mission 115 Squadron lost also
Wellington Mk Ic - R3213 KO-S crashed in Germany, no survivors,
Wellington Mk Ic - T2606 KO-H crashed at Bircham Newton, UK, 1 casualty.
Wellington Mk Ic P9299 flown by P/O Roy crashed at Wittering, Uk, but no injuries to the crew (P9299 moved on 05.12.1940 to Czech OTU and crashed on 6 April 1942

The collective grave of the crew.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

Wellington P9286
Left to right: Sgt. Donald Larkman, Sgt. Frederick Core, Sgt. Malcolm Mott, Sgt. Robert Rodger, Sgt. Thomas Gostick and Sgt. John Carse Walton.
Photo via Klaas Visser, Netherlands, thanks.
Larkman Donald Ewart Larkman Donald Ewart - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 742991

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Winkel Protestant Cemetery - Coll. grave 131.

Source: CWGC - Photo via online-begraafplaatsen.nl

Core Frederick Albert Core Frederick Albert - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No 741719

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Charles S. and Amy I. Core, of Southbourne, Bournemouth, Hampshire; husband of M. L. Core, of Boscombe, Bournemouth.

Winkel Protestant Cemetery - Coll. grave 131.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Photo via Klaas Visser, Netherlands, thanks.

Mott Malcolm Brain Mott Malcolm Brain - Observer

Sgt - Service No 937153

Age: 20. °February 1920, Robert Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, England.*

RAFVR

Son of Winifred and Arthur Mott.*

Winkel Protestant Cemetery - Coll. grave 131.

Source: CWGC - *Info and photo via Photo via Klaas Visser, Netherlands, thanks.

Malcolm was the eighth child of ten children (fifth son). The three elder brothers all joined the Territorial Army (TA) before the war started and were called up in July 1939. The fourth brother had died in a motoring accident when he was about 11yrs old.

Malcolm joined the RAF volunteer reserve in September 1939 and was based at RAF Marham, Norfolk, England. Before he joined up Malcolm was training as an apprentice assembler of scientific Instruments based in Birmingham. Alan the youngest son joined the TA and though he was only seventeen at the time was also called up.

Malcolm had three elder sisters, two married. The youngest of the three, Joan who is still alive aged 91 later joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) and finally the fourth sister, youngest in the family aged 10 (Sheila), was sent away to boarding school, away from the bombing of Birmingham. He also had two brothers in law both being members of the TA.

During the war two brothers managed to return home safely through Dunkirk but the third was taken prisoner of war at St. Valerie and so remained a Prisoner of War all through the war. Also one of his brothers in law was killed just after D Day, so it is difficult to imagine the feelings and thoughts of Malcolm's parents during and after this time.

After Malcolm's parents received the telegram notifying them of him missing in action other letters were sent to them updating them on situation concerning him until they finally received a letter to say that they were officially stating that he died on 16th November 1940. They later received a letter from the King offering his and the Queens condolences. During this time Malcolm's parents didn't speak openly about the situation. We don't know when but we do know that Malcolm's father did visit his grave with Malcolm's eldest brother Donald but his mother never actually managed to go. Later on Alan and his son (Malcolm) visited the grave and then about 15yrs ago Joan also visited with her son (Brain).

Sheila finally managed to visit the grave on 6th April 2009. It was a lovely day shared with her youngest daughter Jane, Jane's partner Howard and their four year old daughter Megan.*

Rodger Robert Rodger Robert 'Sonny' - W.Op.

Sgt - Service No 632049

Age: 22

RAF

Son of Robert Rodger and of Agnes Rodger (nee Sneddon), of Blantyre, Lanarkshire.

Winkel Protestant Cemetery - Coll. grave 131.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Klaas Visser, Netherlands, thanks.

Walton John Carse Walton John Carse - Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 748446

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Winkel Protestant Cemetery - Coll. grave 131.

Source: CWGC - Photo via online-begraafplaatsen.nl

Gostick Thomas Walter Gostick Thomas Walter - Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 903566

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Terence Walter and Edith Gostick, of Slough, Buckinghamshire; husband of Joan Gostick, of Slough.

Winkel Protestant Cemetery - Coll. grave 131.

Source: CWGC - Photo (2) via Find a grave, by Nicolas Visser