Wellington BJ898
Wellington BJ898 115 Squadron

6/7 December 1942

Wellington Mk III - BJ898 - KO-C

Wellington BJ898
T/O East Wretham 1733 - target Mannheim, Germany. A/c crashed at Alsheim 16 km NNW of Worms, Germany. (Shot down at 2154 hours 1 km NE of Montcornet by Lt Helmut Bergmann.?)

Also lost on this mission: Wellington Mk III BK513 KO-V, 5 KIA

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

272 aircraft - 101 Lancasters, 65 Halifaxes, 57 Wellingtons, 49 Stirlings.

The target area was found to be completely cloud-covered. Most of the Pathfinders withheld their flares and many of the 220 crews who bombed did so on dead-reckoning positions. Mannheim reports only 500 or so incendiary bombs and some leaflets. There were no casualties in Mannheim.

10 aircraft - 5 Wellingtons, 3 Halifaxes, 1 Lancaster, 1 Stirling - lost, 3.1 per cent of the force, and 4 more aircraft crashed in England.

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

Larkins Harry William - Pilot

F/O - Service No 122145



Son of Charles Thomas James Larkins and Mary Ann Alice Larkins, of Hackney, London.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. A. 19

Source: CWGC - Rootschat.co by Marry A. Family

Abel Jack Sydney Abel Jack Sydney - Observer

F/O - Service No 120353

Age: 26


Son of Albert Arthur and Florence Edith May Abel,
husband of Victoria Mary Abel, of West Ewell, Surrey.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. A. 21

Source: CWGC - photo Find a grave by Bernadette

Stammers Ernest Frank Stammers Ernest Frank - WOP

F/S - Service No R59841

Age: 21


Son of Frank and Susan Elizabeth Stammers, of Transcona, Manitoba, Canada.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. A. 20

Source: CWGC.

Hayman Richard Edwards Hayman Richard Edwards - BA

Sgt - Service No 1262068

Age: 20


Son of Frank Keith Hayman, and of Mary Coslet Edward), of Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. A. 18

Source: CWGC.

Williams David Garth Williams David Garth (Bud) - RG

F/S - Service No R77986

Age: 20


Son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Arthur Williams,
husband of Phyllis Williams, of Brixton, London.

Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. A. 22

Source: CWGC - photo Canadian Virtual War Memorial