Wellington R1721 12/13 June 1941

Wellington Mk IC - R1721 - KO-R

T/O Marham 2342. Target: Hamm, Germany
Crashed 0305 after colliding with trees near the airfield due to engine failure.

ORB. 12/6/1941. 10 aircraft took off between 2334. hours to 0005. hours,
(7 from 'A' Flight, and 3 from 'B' Flight) were detailed to attack Target HAMM.

Eleven of the above aircraft successfully located and attacked target and bombs were seen to fall in target area.
A/C. R.1500. (Captain Sgt. BERNEY) reported seeing two large fires, also two probably dummy fires.
No results were observed owing to the dense haze prevailing at the time.
A/C. T.R.1805. (Captain Sgt. ROBSON) had to jettison his bombs due to engine trouble.
On returning to Base (03.05 hours) remaining engine cut out just on edge of aerodrome, the aircraft then struck a tree and crashed.
Sgt. AIKENHEAD the Rear Gunner was seriously injured, but rest of Crew escaped with minor injuries.
Aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

0509. All aircraft had returned to Base.

This night saw a total of 339 sorties, mainly against railway yards;
91 Hampdens to Soest; 80 Whitleys and 4 Wellingtons to Schwerte; 82 Wellingtons to Hamm; 61 Wellingtons to Osnabrück
and 11 Halifaxes and 7 Stirlings to a chemical works at Hüls with the balance of sorties being flown to Rotterdam and Emden.
The first two targets were obscured by cloud and haze but the crews sent to Hamm and Osnabrück reported good bombing.
The 4 Wellingtons despatched to Schwerte were from No 405 (Vancouver) Squadron
and were the first operational flights by a Canadian squadron during the offensive.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - Bomber Command Campaign Diary 1941

Robson Robson - Pilot

Sgt - Service No

Survived

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

Keating Keating - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No

Survived

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

Tilson Tilson - Observer

Sgt - Service No

Survived

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

Bennett Bennett - W.Op.

Sgt - Service No

Survived

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

Green Green - FG

Sgt - Service No

Survived

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

Wellington R1721Aikenhead George Swinton Aikenhead George Swinton - rear Gnr

Sgt - Service No 632038

Age: 27 - Injured, he died of his injuries on 15th June.

RAF

Son of George and Marion Aikenhead.

Marham Churchyard, Holy Trinity - Grave 71

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Richard Gray