Wellington R1063 6/7 July 1941

Wellington Mk IC - R1063 - KO-D

T/O Marham 2326. Target: Munster, Germany.
Shot down by night fighter Oblt Helmut Woltersdorf, IV./NJG1.
Radio message received, "Am landing in the sea".
Crashed in the North Sea at 0217 on a sand bank near Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands.
All three night fighter crew injured but rescued by a German ASR.

ORB. 6th July. 9 A/C. took off between 0001 hours and 0030 hours.
All aircraft successfully located and attacked the target area, and bombing from heights ranging
from 12.500 feet to 14.000 feet, and bombs were dropped in target area,
causing a large no. of fires, and adding to those already burning.
One stick of bombs (A/C. Q.R.1468 - Captain P/O. DUFF) were observed to fall among railway buildings and junction causing large fires.
A/C. F.X.9671 (Captain Sgt. WALLACE) was attacked by an enemy aircraft (J.U.88), but was driven off after 8 minutes combat,
the only damage being a row holes in the aircraft.
A/C. U.X.9672 (Captain Sgt. BERNEY) (Wellington MK IC X9672 KO-U) was attacked by an enemy fighter and the
Rear Gunner Sgt. KERRUISH was killed,
and the bombs were jettisoned in the sea, and aircraft returned to base.
A/C D.R.1063 (Captain Sgt. MATTHEWS) failed to return to base after operations,
but a message was received stating that the aircraft was landing in the sea.
All attempts at rescue by aircraft and surface vessels was of no aveil.

(A/C. Y.W.5449 - Captain P/O. FOSTER - this operations was cancelled and aircraft did not take off.)

0459. All other aircraft had returned safely to base after operations.

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

Matthews Oswald ArthurMatthews Oswald Arthur Matthews Oswald Arthur - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 391842

Age: 20 - Washed ashore on 7 August.

RNZAF

Son of Eric Rupert Matthews and of Annie Dorothea Matthews (nee Park),
of Wellington City, New Zealand.

Schiermonnikoog (Vredenhof) Cemetery - Grave 58.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Martin Carrack & Rene Bosma.

Bent James WalterBent James Walter Bent James Walter - Wireless Op./Air Gunner

Sgt - Service No 963269

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Charles Walter and Zilpha Ann Bent.

Schiermonnikoog (Vredenhof) Cemetery - Grave 60.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Martin Carrack & Wfiii

Edwards Charles Stanley RutherfordEdwards Charles Stanley Rutherford Edwards Charles Stanley Rutherford

Sgt - Service No R/69694

Age: 20

RCAF

Only son of Rutherford Edwards and of Orpha Edwards (nee Sheridan),
of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 61

Source: CWGC - photo and more info on Canadian virtual war memorial.

MacLeay Kenneth George MacLeay Kenneth George

Sgt - Service No 995759

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Duncan and Georgina MacLeay, of Aberdeen.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 47

Source: CWGC.

Wellington R1063Webster Albert Webster Albert - W.Op./Air Gnr

Sgt - Service No 1356429

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Albert and Clara Webster, Sheffield.

Kiel War Cemetery - 3. C. 20.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by BobBoston

Strachan William Alexander Strachan William Alexander "Alex"- Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No R/64240

Age: 25 - Washed ashore on 7 August.

RCAF

Son of William and Ann S. Strachan, of Simcoe, Ontario, Canada.

Schiermonnikoog (Vredenhof) Cemetery - Grave 59.

Source: CWGC - Photos and more info on Canadian virtual war memorial, Find a Grave.