Wellington R1221 23 February 1941

Wellington Mk IC - R1221 - KO-F

T/O Marham 0251. Target Hipper Class Cruiser, Brest, France.

29 Wellingtons were despatched to bomb warships, but only eleven aircraft bombed and four aircraft crashed in England on return.
115 Squadron contributed nine Wellingtons, P/O Clarke returned early with a technical problem but on landing he swung to starboard to avoid some buildings and ended up in trees to the west of the airfield. None of the crew was injured and the aircraft was repaired.

At 0825 hours Sgt Milton piloting "F" for Freddie called for a bearing and this was acknowledged and orders giving to divert to Feldwell but nothing more was heard. Crashed 0830 and burst into flames after flying into a tree at East Winch, 5 miles SE of King's Lynn, Norfolk. The crew were in w/t contact with Marham until moments before the crash.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - The Wellington Bomber by Martin W Bowman

Milton Edwin Joseph Milton Edwin Joseph - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 742851

Age: 23


Son of Joseph and Mary Elisabeth Townsend Milton, of Brixham.

Brixham Churchyard, St. Mary, Devon- Grave 60.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave

Thomas David William Montague Thomas David William Montague - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No 903395



Son of

Marham Churchyard, Holy Trinity - Grave 60.

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Eades John Henry Eades John Henry (Jack) - Observer

Sgt - Service No 754504

Age: 20


Son of Herbert and Amy Jane Eades. of Salisbury.

Marham Churchyard, Holy Trinity - Grave 59

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Kennard Kenneth Kennard Kenneth - W.Op./Air Gn.

Sgt - Service No 942317

Age: 28


Son of Charles and Lilian Kathleen Kennard, grandson of Mrs. K. F. Monk, of Leicester. Husband of Edna Joyce Kennard, of Leicester; .

Leicester Cemetery, Belgrave - Sec. C. Grave 699.

Source: GWGC

Simmonds Thomas Herbert Melvin Simmonds Thomas Herbert Melvin - W.Op.

Sgt - Service No 553454

Age: 18


Son of Tom +1953 and Ada +1980 Simmonds, of Hasland.

Hasland Cemetery - Sec. F. Grave 260

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Gray Ronald Henry Gray Ronald Henry "Ron" - Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 902902

Age: 24


Son of Henry Stephen °1880 - +1962 and Alma Anna °1889 - + 1986 Gray, of Ilfracombe.
One sister Dora Louise Gray, ° 1914 - + 2000

Berrynarbor Churchyard, St. Pieter - North of Church

Source: CWGC