27/28 August 1942|
Wellington Mk III - BJ710 - KO-L
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
306 aircraft of 5 types.
There was only a little cloud over Kassel and the Pathfinders were able to illuminate the area well.
Widespread damage was caused, particularly in the south-western parts of the city.
Kassel reports that 144 buildings were destroyed and 317 seriously damaged.
Several military establishments were hit and the number of dead soldiers, 28, exceeded the number of civilians killed, 15.
187 civilians and 64 soldiers were injured.
Among the buildings severely damaged were all three of the factories of the Henschel aircraft company.
Many of the casualties were attributed to night-fighter action.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary August 1942.
OBR. 27th. August, 1942.
15 aircraft (8 from "A" Flight & 7 from "B" Flight) took off for operations between 20.58 (20.38) and 20.58 hours to attack the target KASSEL.
15 aircraft successfully located and bombed target from heights ranging between 5,500 and 8,500 feet, observing bursts in centre
of town which caused a large explosion followed by a huge fire.
Many more bursts were seen on and around aiming point and in the marshalling yards. Many fires were started all over the town.
One aircraft (A/C. F.X.3447 - Captain Sgt. PATE) was forced to abandon the sortie and returned to base early bringing back its bombs,
owing to port engine trouble.
One aircraft failed to return.
0234. All the remaining aircraft had returned safely to base after operations.
F/O - Service No 45435
Son of Harry and Annie Skelton, of Epsom, Surrey.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - 9. H. 12.
F/S - Service No 912104
Son of Morton and Florence Olga Bettsworth Deryer Graham, of Pembury, Kent.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - 9. H. 13.
F/S - Service No 906071
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - 9. H. 14.
F/S - Service No 937840
POW - No 26857 Stalag VIIIB (344).