Wellington Z8844 14/15 October 1941

Wellington Mk IC - Z8844 - KO-S

T/O Marham 2304. Target: Nurenberg, Germany.

On the 13/14 when 53 Wellingtons and seven Stirlings were despatched to bomb (D├╝sseldorf ?).

A Missing Research & Enquiry Team reported
"The aircraft was on its way to the target at Nuremberg, when it was hit by ack-ack fire
from the I G Farben works at Oppou and it crashed near Friesenheimer Insel a small island in the nearby Rhine.
These places were about 3 miles from Ludwigshafen which is on the Rhine near Mannheim.
One of the bombs on board exploded and all the crew were killed." Info: www.awm.gov.au

The crew was initially buried at Worms-Weinsheim as per CWGC Concentration Report.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan - The Wellington Bomber - Martin W Bowman, page 128.

ORB. 14th October, 1941.
TARGET GRAYLING "A".
11 aircraft (8 from "A" Flight and 3 from "B" Flight) were detailed to attack NURNBERG.
(Took off from 22.14 hours to 22.58 hours.)

7 of the aircraft located target NURNBERG but as visibility was poor bombed on E.T.A. Flashes only were seen trough cloud.
2 of the aircraft attacked MANNHEIM and started a large red fire, also attacking Flak concentrations which were temporally silenced.
1 aircraft attacked (A/C. H.Z.8853 - Captain F/S. EDWARDS) DARMSTADT and started a fire in build up area of the town
1 aircraft attacked (A/C. V.Z.8848 - Captain Sgt. RUNAGALL) FRANKFURT but visibility was bas and bombing was done
on E.T.A. No results were observed.

Aircraft S.Z.8844 (Captain Sgt. BROWNE) failed to return from operations.
Aircraft L.X.9733 (Captain P/O. TRENCH) landed at MANSTON.

08.16. All aircraft with the exception of S.Z.8844 (Captain Sgt. BROWNE) had returned safely to English Bases

Deardan Frederick Harry Ewart Dearden Frederick Harry Ewart - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1110712

Age: 25

RAFVR

Son of Henry and Lizzie Dearden; husband of Ada Dearden, of Poynton, Cheshire.

Durnbach War Cemetery, Gmund am Tegernsee, Landkreis Miesbach, Bavaria (Bayern) -
Coll. grave 5. A. 18-21.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Carol Russell, thanks - Find a Grave.

Browne Peter Leighton Browne Peter Leighton - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No 400407

Age: 20 - ┬░23 January 1921 Cobden, VIC.

RAAF

Son of Alan Leighton Browne and Ada Eileen Rowena Knapman of
East Malvern, Victoria, Australia. Brother of Barbara Eileen Browne.

Durnbach War Cemetery - Coll. grave 5. A. 18-21.

Source: CWGC - Find a Grave.

Jarrett Peter William Jarrett Peter William - Observer

Sgt - Service No 923216

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of Norman R. Jarrett and Doris Elaine Jarrett, of Crowborough, Sussex.
Brother of Cicely Jarrrett.

Durnbach War Cemetery - Coll. Grave 5. A. 18-21.

Source: CWGC - Find a Grave.

Preece Mervyn Stanley Preece Mervyn Stanley - W.Op./Air Gnr

Sgt - Service No 1375153

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of Mervyn Claude and Margaret Preece, of Westminster, London.

Durnbach War Cemetery - Coll. grave 5. A. 18-21.

Source: GWGC - Find a Grave.

Wellington Z8844Widdecombe Bernard Frederick Widdecombe Bernard Frederick - W.Op./Air Gnr.

Sgt - Service No 1260386

Age: 18

RAFVR

Son of Stanley C and Elizabeth A. Widdecombe

Durnbach War Cemetery - Coll. grave 5. A. 18-21

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Brendan Martin

Stewart Frank Parker Stewart Frank Parker - Air Gnr

Sgt - Service No 987915

Age: 28

RAFVR

Son of William Alexander and Eveline Stewart, of Edinburgh.

Durnbach War Cemetery - Coll. grave 5. A. 18-21.

Source: CWGC - photo Find a Grave by Honour those who fell.