Wellington BJ615 26/27 July 1942

Wellington Mk III - BJ615 - KO-G

T/O Marham 2253. Target Hamburg, Germany.
Shot down by Hptm Helmut Lent, IINJG1,
crashed into the sea near the target at 0239.

Info by: Memory 7 - Don Bruce - 115 Squadron - 1942

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

403 aircraft - 181 Wellingtons, 77 Lancasters, 73 Halifaxes, 39 Stirlings, 33 Hampdens dispatched in what was probably
a full 'maximum effort' for the regular Bomber Command squadrons.

Crews encountered a mixture of cloud and icing at some places on the route but clear weather at the target.
Good bombing results were claimed. Hamburg reports show that severe and widespread damage was caused,
mostly in housing and semi-commercial districts rather than in the docks and industrial areas.
At least 800 fires were dealt with, 523 being classed as large. 823 houses were destroyed and more than 5,000 damaged.
More than 14,000 people were bombed out. 337 people were killed and 1,027 injured.

29 aircraft - 15 Wellingtons, 8 Halifaxes, 2 Hampdens, 2 Lancasters, 2 Stirlings - were lost, 7.2 per cent of the force.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary July 1942.

OBR. 26th. July, 1942.
14 (8 from 'A' Flight and 6 from 'B' Flight) aircraft took off on operations between 2253 and 2327 hours to attack target HAMBURG.
9 of the aircraft successfully located and attacked target and bombing from heights ranging between 13000 and 16000 feet dropped
their bombs on or close to the aiming point, enormous fires were started and the whole of the town was reported to be ablaze.
Leaflets were dropped and photographs attempted.
One aircraft (R.Z.1605 - Captain Sgt. GLAUSER) was forced to return early owing to engine trouble.
A/C. G.B.J.615 (Captain W/C. DIXON-WRIGHT)
A/C. B.B.J.723 (Captain Sgt. SMITH)
A/C. K.B.J.670 (Captain Sgt. FEREDAY) Wellington Mk III BJ670 KO-K - 2 KIA, 3 POW., and
A/C. L.X.3412 (Captain Sgt. HOWELLS) failed to return from operations, 2 of these being reported down in the sea.

0530. All the remaining aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.

Dixon-Wright Frank William Dixon-Wright Frank William - Pilot - Wing Comm.

W/C - Service No 32123 - DFC 99 Squadron.
For attacks on the German Warships Gneisenau, Scharnhorst and Prinz Eugen,

Age: 31


Son of Henry and Louise Dixon-Wright.
Husband of Sheila Margaret Matheson, of Southsea, Hampshire. (+24 februari 1992)

Runnymede Memorial - panel 64

Source: CWGC

Stock John Frederick Stock John Frederick - 2nd Pilot

F/O - Service No 101082

Age: 22


Son of Frederick Henry and Dorothy Mary Stock, of Trewarmett, Cornwall.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 67

Source: CWGC.

Kostyshyn William MartinKostyshyn William Martin Kostyshyn William Martin - Observer

F/S - Service No R/75325

Age: 22


Son of John and Mary Kostyshyn, of Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 105

Source: CWGC - Photo via Canadian virtual war memorial. – by project, Operation: Picture Me.

Wellington BJ615Whittaker George Whittaker George - W.Op.

P/O - Service No 48422 - DFM.

Age: 25


Son of Joseph Whittaker, and of Sarah Whittaker, of Carlisle.

Hamburg (Ohlsdorf ) Cemetery, Hamburg-Nord, Hamburg - 6A. E. 6

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by The Dark Poet

Ollar Alexander Johnston Stewart Ollar Alexander Johnston Stewart - FG

P/O - Service No 120067 - DFM (Gazetted 28 April 1942, page 1862).

Age: 31 - *Born in Calcutta in 1910, enlisted in 1939 as Observer but became an Air Gunner.

RAFVR - *Enlisted in 1939 as Observer but became an Air Gunner.

Son of Stewart Ollar and of Ethel Gertrude Ollar (nee Sherwood).
Husband of Agnes McNeil Ollar (nee Gilzean).

Runnymede Memorial - panel 71

Source: CWGC - *photo and info thanks to Ken Delve

More photos with thanks to Ken Delve.

Newbound Fred Newbound Fred - RG

Sgt - Service No 1308926

Age: 31


Son of Richard and Mary Ann Newbound, of Harehills, Yorkshire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 90

Source: CWGC.