6/7 December 1942
Wellington Mk III - BJ898 - KO-C
|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 - Observer
F/O - Service No 120353
Albert Arthur and Florence Edith May Abel,
Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. A. 21
Source: CWGC - photo Find a grave by Bernadette
|Stammers Ernest Frank - WOP
F/S - Service No R59841
Son of Frank and Susan Elizabeth Stammers, of Transcona, Manitoba, Canada.
Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. A. 20
|Hayman Richard Edwards - BA
Sgt - Service No 1262068
Son of Frank Keith Hayman, and of Mary Coslet Edward), of Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire.
Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. A. 18
|Williams David Garth (Bud) - RG
F/S - Service No R77986
Mr. and Mrs. Percy Arthur Williams,
Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. A. 22
Source: CWGC - photo Canadian Virtual War Memorial