27/28 August 1942
Wellington Mk III - JB710 - KO-L
|T/O Marham 2038. Target Kassel, Germany.
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.142 Squadron, based at Grimsby, lost 5 of its 15 Wellingtons taking part in the raid. Many of the casualties were attributed to night-fighter action.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary August 1942.
|Skelton Walter Allen - Pilot
F/O - Service No 45435
Son of Harry and Annie Skelton, of Epsom, Surrey.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - 9. H. 12.
|Graham Wilfred - Observer
F/S - Service No 912104
Son of Morton and Florence Olga Bettsworth Deryer Graham, of Pembury, Kent.
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - 9. H. 13.
|Morgan Donald Edward - W.Op.
F/S - Service No 906071
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - 9. H. 14.
| Middleton J. W. - FG
F/S - Service No 937840
POW - No 26857 Stalag VIIIB (344).
| Bingham John - RG
Sgt - Service No 1365002
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery - 9. H. 15.