16/17 November 1940|
Wellington Mk IC - R3213 - KO-S
Crashed at Am Falkenberg-Hamburg.
ORB. 16/11/1940. 11 aircraft took off between 17.20 hours and 21.00 hours.
Only 4 aircraft attacked the primary target, owing to 10/10 cloud over the area.
Alternative targets were attacked, but results were not generally observed.
Very intense flak fire was encountered, and strong opposition by enemy fighters.
Two aircraft, A/C. 3213., Captn., Sgt. ENGLISH, and
A/C. 2986., Captn. Sgt. LARKMAN, failed to return.
Wellington Mk Ic P9286 KO-K crashed at Winkel, Netherlands, no survivors,
A/C. 1034., was badly shot up.
A/C. 2606., forced landed at BIRCHAM NEWTON. (Was attacked by 4. ME.110, and front gunner badly wounded, died of his wounds.)
Wellington Mk Ic T2606 KO-H ,1 casualty.
A/C. 9299., crashed at WITTERING. (flown by P/O Roy, the crew escaping with minor injuries..)
(P9299 moved on 05.12.1940 to Czech OTU and crashed on 6 April 1942, no survivors.
Remainder landed safely at Base.
During the nights of 15/16 and 16/17 November, a total of over 200 aircraft were despatched to Hamburg.
(Curiously, in light of subsequent events, these were the second and third consecutive nights that the city had been targeted).
One the first night, heavy damage was caused at the Blohm & Voss shipyard and over 60 fires started, but on the next raid,
only 60 aircraft were able to find their target.
A further 25 found alternatives, but the damage as far less severe.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - National archives
Sgt - Service No 742163
Son of John Hudson English and Winifred Duncan English.
Husband of Barbara English, of Kew, Richmond, Surrey.
Hamburg Ohlsdorf Cemetery - 10A. O.15.
P/O - Service No 86372
Son of George Cyril and Ethel Waller Lupton, of Hartlepool, Co. Durham.
Hamburg Ohlsdorf Cemetery - 10A. O.13.
Sgt - Service No 751189
Son of John and Jane Elizabeth Lindsay, of Finchley, Middlesex.
Hamburg Ohlsdorf Cemetery - 10A. O.11.
Sgt - Service No 747830
Hamburg Ohlsdorf Cemetery - 10A. O.12.
Sgt - Service No 759334
Hamburg Ohlsdorf Cemetery - 10A. O.14.