Wellington R3279 2/3 March 1941

Wellington Mk IC - R3279 - KO-D

T/O Marham 1828. Target Hipper Class Cruiser, Brest, France.

The first bombing raid of March 1941 was flown on the night of the 2/3rd when 54 aircraft attacked warships at Brest.

Wellington R3279 flown by Sgt. Pike crashed into the sea off Teignmouth in Devon, UK
Rescue craft was sent out and they found only the W/T operator alive.
Two parachutes and the body of Sgt. Fenwick were also found.

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

ORB. 2/3/1941.
NINE aircraft (took off between 18.16 hours and 19.15 hours), 6 from 'A' Flight, 3 from 'B' Flight, were detailed to
attack Target C.C.49, (BREST). Six aircraft attacked docks and buildings successfully, all bombs being dropped on or near the target area.
Several large violent explosions observed by A/C. J.T.2563. (Captain P/O. KIRK).
Bombing heights ranged from 8-500 feet to 12.000 feet, and the visibility was good.
A/C. F.R.1269. (Captain P/O. CURRY) jettisoned his bombs in the sea owing to rapid loss of height,
after failing to locate target owing to 10/10th cloud, and oil leaking from turrets on to bombing Perspex.
A/C. E.T.2560. (Captain Sgt. PALMER) landed at CHALMIS DOWNE at 0049., and brought back all his bombs, owing to shortage of petrol.

A/C. X.R.3279. (Captain Sgt. ELLIOTT) last heard of at 0100. hours, when batteries appeared to be very weak.
No further news was heard until a report from DARTMOUTH that an aircraft was seen to dive into sea.
Lysander rescue aircraft was sent out and found two parachutes in sea, one attached to a body,
later identified as Sgt. FENWICK of Sgt. ELLIOTT's Crew.

0149. All aircraft with the exception of A/C. X.R.3279. (Captain Sgt. ELLIOTT) had returned to base after Operations.
Last report from A/C. X.R.3279. Sgt. ELLIOTT received at 0100. hours, when batteries appeared to be very weak.
Later reported to have crashed into the sea.
All members of the Crew, with the exception of Sgt. FENWICK, W/T. Oprtr. whose body was recovered, are missing.

Pike Geoffrey Rochfort Pike Geoffrey Rochfort - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 902481

Age: 26

RAFVR

Son of Lt. Col. Cuthbert Joseph Pike, C.B.E., D.L., and Dorothy Margaret Pike,
of Hook, Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 50

Source: CWGC.

Elliott George Liddell Elliott George Liddell - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No 937772

Age: 27

RAFVR

Son of George William and Ethel Hannah Elliott, of Low Fell, Co. Durham.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 42

Source: CWGC.

Brockway Ronald Charles Brockway Ronald Charles - Observer

Sgt - Service No 758014

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

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Runnymede Memorial - panel 40

Source: CWGC.

Green Herbert Walter Green Herbert Walter - W.Op.

Sgt - Service No 939533

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Herbert George and Ethel Sarah Green, of Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 44

Source: GWGC.

White Albert Walter White Albert Walter - FG

Sgt - Service No 903902

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Albert Micheal and Ellen Elizabeth White, of Chadwell Heath, Essex.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 54

Source: CWGC

Wellington R3279Fenwick Edward Fenwick Edward - W.Op./Air Gnr

Sgt - Service No 939539

Age: 23

RAFVR

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Fenwick,
stepson of Rachel S. Fenwick, of Jesmond, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Felton Cemetery - C. of E. plot, left of path from entrance.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Dimitrios Corcodilos.