14/15 August 1941|
Wellington Mk IC - R1500 - KO-K
Crashed in the North Sea.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
ORB. 14th. August 1941.
11 A/C took off from 20.59 hours to 21.49 hours.
9 of the above aircraft successfully located and attacked their respective targets and bombing from between
12.000 feet to 16.000 feet, bombs were dropped and seen to bursts in the target area, causing a large number of fires.
Many fires were seen burning on arrival over the targets.
No other results were observed owing to cloud.
A/C. H.X.9753 (Captain Sgt. THOMPSON) (Abandoned the primary target owing to Port engine failure)
returned to base early owing to engine trouble.
A/C. K.R.1500 (Captain Sgt. ALWAY) was forced to land in the sea.
A search was organized and the dinghy located, but was later lost owing to bad weather, before launch could arrive.
(The search continued for two days.)
04.30. All aircraft with exception of K.R.1500 (Captain Sgt. ALWAY) had returned safely to base after operations.
(A/C. X.Z.8799 - Captain Sgt. SMITH - Observed what appeared to be aircraft receive direct hit
and blow up while caught in a cone of searchlights.)
Sgt - Service No 1053017
Age: 19 - washed ashore 17 September.
Son of the Revd. George William Alway and Lorna May Alway,
of Stallingborough, Lincolnshire.
Sage War Cemetery - 11. C. 3. - Initially buried in Wangerooge Island.
Sgt - Service No 930774
Son of Ethel Clabburn-Detrez, of Buckland, Surrey.
Lived at Hillbrow on the main road, now called Pine Bank.
After Reigate Grammar School he joined the RAF and was posted to 115 Squadron
Runnymede Memorial - Panel 41.
Sgt - Service No 904039
Son of Andrew Percival and Amy Maude Allan; husband of Denise Anne Allan.
Runnymede Memorial - Panel 38.
Sgt - Service No 649465
Son of James Henry and Minnie Smalldon, of Monmouth.
Runnymede Memorial - Panel 52.
Sgt - Service No R/54368
Son of Mr and Mrs John Park of Cornwall
Runnymede Memorial - Panel 61.
Sgt - Service No 1015615
Age: 21 - washed ashore 20 September.
Son of Walter and Lucy Duke, of Kimberworth, Rotherham, Yorkshire.
Sage War Cemetery - 13. A. 4.
Initially buried in Wangerooge Island, Frisian Islands