14/15 September 1942|
Wellington Mk III - BJ693 KO-J
Base received message "Engine trouble, returning to base".
Presumed crashed in the North Sea.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
202 aircraft of 5 types.
The Pathfinder marker was accurate and Wilhelshaven reports its worst raid to date.
Housing and city-centre type buildings are listed as being hit hardest.
77 people were killed and more than 50 injured.
2 Wellingtons were the only aircraft lost.
Source: book, The Bomber Command War Diaries: An Operational Reference Book by Chris Everitt, Martin Middlebrook.
OBR. 14th. September, 1942.
8 aircraft (5 from "A" Flight & 3 from "B" Flight) took off for operations between 19.56 hours & 20.09 hours
to attack target WILHELMSHAVEN.
The aircraft bombed from heights ranging between 11,500 and 14,700 feet and a few bursts were seen.
Many scattered fires were observed on the target and two or three fires were burning near Aiming Point.
One aircraft failed to return from operations.
0052. All the remaining aircraft had returned safely to base after operations.
P/O - Service No 411852
Son of Richard James Boaden and of Agnes Hood Findlay,
of Ellerslie, Auckland, New Zealand.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 115
Sgt - Service No 413162
Age: 25 - was buried 13 October.
Son of Hugh Douglas and Florence Warner,
of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Esbjerg (Fourfeld) Cemetery, Denmark - Grave AIII. 9. 13.
P/O - Service No 118894
Son of Frank and Florence Rose Jeffries.
Husband of Edna Agnes Jeffries, of Crayford, Kent.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 70
Sgt - Service No 1260920
Age: 25 - washed ashore on 12 October.
Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Sears
husband of Daisy M. Sears, of Highbury, London.
Kiel War Cemetery, Stadtkreis Kiel Schleswig-Holstein - Grave 4. H. 2.
Sgt - Service No 1430261
Age: 20 - washed ashore near Hjerpsted and buried 20 October.
Son of Sidney and Elizabeth L. Shepherd, of Sheffield;
nephew and ward of Ethel Shepherd, of Pitsmoor, Sheffield.
Esbjerg (Fourfeld) Cemetery, Denmark - Grave AIII. 9. 18.
Sgt - Service No 1336016
Son of Herbert John and Dorothy Mabel Roberts, of Crowhurst, Surrey.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 92