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

Also lost on this mission: Wellington Mk III BJ670 KO-K - 2 KIA, 3 POW.

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.

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

W/C - Service No 32123 - DFC
Gazetted 2 September 1941 page 5102, for attacks on the German Warships Gneisenau, Scharnhorst and Prinz Eugen, which were berthed at Brest and La Pallice. These raids were executed in daylight, and in the face of heavy and accurate Anti-Aircraft fire and enemy fighters. 99 Squadron.

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 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 – Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.

Whittaker 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

Ollar Alexander Johnston Stewart     Ollar Alexander Johnston Stewart
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.