Wellington R3292 30 Sep/1 October 1940

Wellington Mk IC - R3292 - KO-F

T/O Marham 1937. Target marshalling yards Osnabrück, Germany.

Werner Streib of 2./NJG 1 claimed,
Wellington near Bersenbrück 22.49H (prob Wellington T2549)
Hampden near Bad Bergen 23.19H (Whitley T4130)
Wellington at Menslage 23.21H (either R3219 or R3292)

Heinrich Griese of 1./NJG 1 claimed
Wellington near Löningen 12km NW Quakenbrück 00.38H

On the night of 30 September/1 October just over 100 aircraft bombed targets in Germany and the Channel ports.
Three of Marham's Wellingtons were tasked with bombing the marshalling yards at Ehrang.
Ten more were part of a formation of Wellingtons detailed to bomb the Reichsluftfahrt Ministerium (German Air Ministry) in Berlin.
Seventeen crews, including seven from Marham, claimed to have attacked this single building in the Leipzigstrasse
but just six bombs fell on the German capital and the Air Ministry was not hit.
Pilot Officer Donald MacLean's aircraft on 38 Squadron was shot down attacking Leipzig.
McLean was killed. His five crew survived to be taken prisoner.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - The Wellington Bomber, from Martin W Bowman - forum.12oclockhigh.net.

ORB. 30/9/1940.
Twelve A/C (took off between 18.44 hours and 19.53 hours) from each Sqdn., at MARHAM and eleven from STRADISHALL
attacked Air Ministry at BERLIN, marshalling yards at OSNABRUCK and aerodrome at LEUNA.

Five aircraft were on Air Ministry at BERLIN.
Hits appeared to be obtained, but clouds prevented observation.

One aircraft was unable to locate target and bombed ROTTENBURG aerodrome.

Two aircraft on OSNABRUCK.

P/O. STEEL and Sgt. WESSELS, failed to return.

Another of our aircraft saw three aircraft shot down in flames, and was itself attacked by three M.E.110's.
About 40 searchlights came on suddenly co-operating with fighters, our aircraft dived to 2000 feet before avoiding fighters.

0305. Two aircraft, P/O. STEEL (Wellington T2549 KO-K, P/O. Steel and Sergeant R. P. Mogg bailed out and survived to be taken prisoner),
and Sgt. WESSELS failed to return.
Two aircraft returned early, one with engine trouble, and the other with intercom. u/s.

Wellington R3292Wessels Cyril Wessels Cyril - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 742634

Age: 21


Son of Herman Alexander Wessels and Gertrude Annie Wessels, of Hull.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Coll. grave 26. F. 1-9.
Memorial plaque Dixie Grammar School - Market Bosworth

Source CWGC - Photo via online-begraafplaatsen.nl

Wellington R3292Thompson Neville William Gordon Thompson Neville William Gordon - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 745185

Age: 24


Son of Neville Thompson, and of Harriett A. Thompson,
of Market Bosworth, Leicestershire.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Coll. grave 26. F. 1-9.

Source CWGC - Photo via online-begraafplaatsen.nl

Wellington R3292Pennington Alan Jervis Pennington Alan Jervis

Sgt - Service No 581410

Age: 20


Son of Harry and Annie Pennington, of Bolton, Lancashire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 18.

Source: CWGC - Picture was kindly donated to the Marham Aviation Heritage Centre - AHC by the family.
Relatives of Sgt Pennington visited the RAF Marham Aviation Heritage Centre to dedicate a plaque to him on the Memorial Wall. A heartfelt thank you to the family for asking us to remember him and for the kind donation. Everyone Remembered.

MacNair James George Campbell MacNair James George Campbell

Sgt - Service No 755502

Age: 21


Son of Kenneth Archibald and Emily Louisa MacNair, of Edinburgh.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 17.

Source CWGC

Pritchard Harold William Pritchard Harold William

Sgt - Service No 751821

Age: 19


Son of Albert William and Jessie Emily Pritchard, of Reading, Berkshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 18.

Source GWGC

Wellington R3292Cameron Alexander Douglas Cameron Alexander Douglas - Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 146944

Age: 26


Son of John Robert and Alexis Cosgrove Cameron.
Husband of Georgina Brown Cameron,
of Burnside, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire.

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - Coll. grave 26. F. 1-9.

Source CWGC - Photo via online-begraafplaatsen.nl