Wellington T2509 14/15 November 1940

Wellington Mk IC - T2509 - KO-W

T/O Marham 1850 - target Schlesischer Station, Berlin, Germany. Now known as the Ostbahnhof.
Hit by flak over Hamburg on the return journey and ditched in the North Sea.

12 Wellingtons attacked the Station. Incendiaries were seen to burst in and around the station and marshalling yards,
with 12 explosions alongside a train. 3 large explosions caused red fires which in turn caused green explosions.
3 fires on the S.W. edge of the target were seen for 20 minutes by circling aircraft.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - Coventry: November 14, 1940 by Frederick Taylor

ORB. 14/11/1940. TARGET - SCHLESIGER STATION, BERLIN.
(11 aircraft took off between 1840. hours to 2010. hours)

0015. to 0910. 7 aircraft which had taken part in Operations returned safely to Base.
A/C. 7810. (captain Sgt. MOLONY) crashed at Base on landing.
A/C. 7895. (Captain Sgt. MILES) landed at STRADISHALL.
A/C. 3198. (Captain P/O. RASH) landed at WEST RAYNHAM.
A/C. 2509. was reported by their own Wireless Operator that it had forced landed in the sea.
This aircraft was afterwards picked up and 5 of the crew of 6 were saved.
The 2nd Pilot, Sgt. DEAN, was unfortunately drowned.

Hrnčíř JanHello. I am the son of F/Lt Hrnčíř Jan DFC (13/04/45), AFM (01/05/42) and I am looking into his activities
during WW2 when he flew as a pilot for 311. Squadron RAF.

One of the activities bring me to your 115th Squadron website and I find that you don´t mention my father.

Harry Jenson Morson (754197) of the RAFVR. On 15.11.1940 my father managed to find this crew in
North Sea on a rubber dinghy about 120 km east London. He patrolled over the lifeboat in bad weather
until he ran out of fuel and the survivors were picked up by lifeboats.

My father was an instructor at this time and participated in the rescue of the aforementioned crew of
Sergeant Morson with a crew composed almost entirely of recruits.

This, as well as previous actions, earned my father a proposal for the award of a DFM, which was eventually
changed to the award of an AFM. Decoration, however, delayed until 1.6.1942, as he him self was shot down,
when as a training instructor in the vicinity of the airport East Wretham was on 9.4.1941 hit by a shot
the head of the Ju 88, apparently Hptm Karl Theodor Hülshoff, who claimed this kill.

He then fought for his life alone for months in St. Albans hospital, followed by 10 months in RAF hospital Torguay.

In October 1940, the 311th Sguadron virtually ceased operations due to significant losses.

More info and photos about father at: www.valka.cz/Hrncir-Jan-t248063

Have a good day

Hrnčíř Lubomír
Czech Republik

Morson Harry Jenson Morson Harry Jenson - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 754197 - Awarded DFM on 17 December 1940

Rescued

RAFVR

He was badly burned on 22 May 1943 in the force landing with Typhoon IB - EK216 - 18 MU,
and became one of Sir Archibald McIndoe's 'Guinea Pigs',
receiving an honourable discharge in 1944 on medical grounds. He died in 1987.

Source www.rafcommands.com - 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan

Dean Edgar Albert Dean Edgar Albert - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No 754574

Age: 25 - Drowned

RAFVR

Son of Albert Dean, and of Ada Dean, of Thatcham, Berkshire.

Runnemede Memorial - panel 13

Source CWGC

Bury F Bury F. G. - Observer

Sgt - Service No

Rescued

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

Cleverley Desmond Hubert Howard Cleverley Desmond Hubert Howard - W.Op./Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 644695 - Awarded DFM

Believed to survived the war.

RAF

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

Iles R Iles R. G. - W.Op/Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No

Age:

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

Marshall J Marshall J. - Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No

Age:

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