Wellington Z8844 14/15 October 1941

Wellington Mk IC - Z8844 - KO-S

T/O Marham 2304. Target: (Munchen ?), Germany. (Nurenberg ?)

On the 13/14 when 53 Wellingtons and seven Stirlings were despatched to bomb (Düsseldorf ?).

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. (Last update 19/12/2018)

Deardan Frederick Harry Ewart Deardan Frederick Harry Ewart - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1110712

Age: 25


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.

Browne Peter Leighton Browne Peter Leighton - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No 400407

Age: 20 - °23 January 1921 Cobden, VIC.


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

Jarrett Peter William Jarrett Peter William - Observer

Sgt - Service No 923216

Age: 20


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

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

Sgt - Service No 1375153

Age: 21


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

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

Source: GWGC

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

Sgt - Service No 1260386

Age: 18


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


Son of William Alexander and Eveline Stewart, of Edinburgh.

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

Source: CWGC