6/7 December 1942|
Wellington Mk III - BJ898 - KO-C
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.?)
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour 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.
ORB. 6th Dec, 1942.
6 aircraft (5 from "A" Flight & 1 from "B" Flight)
took off on operations between 17.30 hours and 17.35 hours to
attack target MANNHEIM.
4 aircraft successfully located the target and bombed in 10/10 cloud from heights
ranging between 8,000 and 9,000 feet.
No bursts were seen although P.F.F. flares were visible and two fires and
two lines of incendiaries were observed burning through gaps in cloud.
2 aircraft failed to return. Wellington Mk III BK513 KO-V, 5 KIA.
00.40 4 aircraft had returned safely to base after operations.
F/O - Service No 122145
Charles Thomas James Larkins and Mary Ann Alice Larkins,
of Hackney, London.
Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. A. 19
F/O - Service No 120353
Albert Arthur and Florence Edith May Abel.
Husband of Victoria Mary Abel, of West Ewell, Surrey.
Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. A. 21
F/S - Service No R59841
Son of Frank and Susan Elizabeth Stammers,
of Transcona, Manitoba, Canada.
Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. A. 20
Sgt - Service No 1262068
Frank Keith Hayman, and of Mary Coslet Edward,
of Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire.
Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 8. A. 18