Wellington R1798 7/8 September 1941

Wellington Mk IC - R1798 - KO-B

T/O Marham 2023. Target: Berlin, Germany.
Shot down by Oblt Helmut Lent 4./NJG1.
Crashed at 0458 at Drachstercompagnie, Friesland, Netherlands - 4 km NE of Drachten, Holland.
Photo graves on Traces of war.

The heaviest raid on Berlin to date was flown during the night of the 7th/8th when 197 aircraft
(Wellingtons, Hampdens, Whitleys, Stirlings, Halifaxes and Manchesters) attacked the German capital.
Fifteen aircraft were lost.

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

ORB. 7/9/1941.
12 aircraft took off between 20.03 hours to 21.05. hours,
Targets, BERLIN, KIEL, BOULOGNE.
8 of the above aircraft successfully located and attacked their respective targets, and bombing from between
12.000 feet and 16.000 feet many bombs were seen to fall in the target area.

3 aircraft attacked BERLIN and bombs were dropped in and around target area, but no definite results were observed.

One aircraft attacked a camouflaged factory, 20 miles South of BERLIN, and a tremendous fire was started which was
visibly for more than 100 miles.

One aircraft attacked MAGDEBURG and bombs in build up areas and on searchlights.
No results were observed.

2 aircraft attacked KIEL and bombs were across the target area. Some fairly large orange fires were started.

2 aircraft attacked BOULOGNE and bombs were dropped on the West side of Dock No. 4.
No results were observed, but a large fire was burning on arrival.

A/C. V.R.1332 (captain Sgt. BERNEY) was unable to reach BERLIN and bombs were brought back, owing to being attacked by E.A.
One M.E.110 was shot down by the gunners, and the aircraft sustained 5 holes in the starboard wing.
(Damage was sustained to the Starboard Wing, Pilot head(t), and IFF Aerial, and leading edge of Starboard Tail-plane.
One rear gun jammed after first burst of 15 rounds.)

Two aircraft B.R.1798 (Captain Sgt. KEATING) and
M.R.1772 (Captain Sgt. HILL) Wellington Mk IC R1772 KO-M failed to return from this operation.
A/C. H.X.9755 (Captain Sgt. THOMPSON) (due to port tank filling flap being left undone) crashed on the take off on the flare path,
and all the crew escaped uninjured.

0610. All aircraft with the exception of A/C. A.X.9751 (Captain F/S. EDWARDS), A/C. B.R.1798 (Captain Sgt. KEATING)
and A/C. M.R.1772, (Captain Sgt. HILL) had returned to Base.
A/C. A.X.9751 (Captain F/S. EDWARDS) landed safely at COTISHALL at 0610. hours.

Wellington R1798Gordon Ian Patrick McHaffie Gordon Ian Patrick McHaffie - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1052297

Age: 19

RAFVR

Son of Roger Samuel McHaffie Gordon, and Anne Strother McHaffie Gordon,
of Nairnside, Inverness-shire.

Smallingerland Protestant Churchyard,
Drachstercompagnie - Grave 1

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Peter Hakze

Keating John Gerald O'HaraKeating John Gerald O'Hara Keating John Gerald O'Hara - 2nd Pilot

F/S - Service No R/56146

Age: 19

RCAF

Son of Herbert John and Mary Frances O'Hara Keating,
of Three Rivers. Province of Quebec, Canada.

Smallingerland Protestant Churchyard,
Drachstercompagnie - Grave 4

Source: CWGC - photo via Find a grave, by Operation:PictureMe

Wellington R1798Cox Roy Le Masurier Cox Roy Le Masurier - Observer

P/O - Service No 68752

Age: 21

RAF

Son of Harry Roy and Marie Lucille Cox, of Bebington, Cheshire.

Smallingerland Protestant Churchyard,
Drachstercompagnie - Grave 5

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Peter Hakze

Wellington R1798Cook George Alfred Cook George Alfred - W.Op.

Sgt - Service No 988368

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Ralph Peacock Cook and Emily Cook,
of West Hartlepool, Co. Durham. (Schoolmaster).

Smallingerland Protestant Churchyard,
Drachstercompagnie - Grave 2

Source: GWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Peter Hakze

Wellington R1798Selley John Gordon Selley John Gordon - W.Op./Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 932198

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of John and Helen Selley, of Tottenham, Middlesex.

Smallingerland Protestant Churchyard,
Drachstercompagnie - Grave 3

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Peter Hakze

Baty Frederick Alphonsushttps://nl.findagrave.com/memorial/13800376/frederick-alphonsus baty Baty Frederick Alphonsus - RG

Sgt - Service No 401720

Age:30

RNZAF

Son of Isaac and Elizabeth May Baty,
of Gore, Southland, New Zealand.

Smallingerland Protestant Churchyard,
Drachstercompagnie - Grave 6

Source: CWGC - Photo: Auckland Museum, Weekly News - Find a grave by Rene Bosma