21/22 May 1940|
Wellington Mk IC - P9297 KO-F
Force landed near Poix, all crew made POW.
ORB. 21/5/40. Road Targets.
22.00. Two aircraft (Wellington Ic P.R.3155) F/O. WOOD and F/O. LASLETT took of,
and four aircraft from 38 Squadron, twenty two from MILDENHALL, and twenty from FELTWELL,
attacked bridges at DINANT and NAMUR and railway centre at AACHEN.
F/O. WOOD obtained hits near entrance to a bridge at DINANT but haze made attack difficult.
F/O. LASLETT failed to returns.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
21/22 May - A force of 124 aircraft (52 Whitleys, 47 Wellingtons, 25 Hampdens) attack German railway lines.
3 Wellingtons, 1 Hampden and 1 Whitley lost.
The Hampden was piloted by a Flight Lieutenant Coton.
After being hit by flak over Germany, Coton ordered his crew to bale out.
Remarkably, he was able to fly the aircraft back to England, but was shot at (and hit) again by an over-eager anti-aircraft
battery on the Essex coast.
The pilot safely baled out before the aircraft finally crashed.
Source: Campaign Diary The Battle of France (May-June 1940) - National Archives.
F/O - Service No 37973
POW - No 511 Luft 3
P/O - Service No 40466
POW - No 508 Luft 3
Sgt - Service No 581174
POW - No 13082 Luft 6 - not stated - with crewman Glendinning (1269)
AC1 - Service No 552111
POW - No 13038 Luft 6 - captured with crewman Flower
AC1 - Service No 552551
POW - No 13117 Stalag 357
P/O - Service No