21/22 September 1942|
Wellington Mk III - BJ962 - KO-D
Lost without a trace.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
115 aircraft to many locations between Lorient and Danzig.
5 Aircraft - 2 Lancasters, 2 Stirlings and 1 Wellington was lost.
Source: book, The Bomber Command War Diaries: An Operational Reference Book by Chris Everitt, Martin Middlebrook.
OBR. 21st September 1942.
7 aircraft (4 from "A" Flight & 3 from "B" Flight) took off on GARDENING OPERATION between the hours of 19.29 and 19.43.
One aircraft (A/C. Y.B.J.770 - Captain Sgt. GILL) returned to base early after jettisoning its mines safe owing to the inter com.
being u/s. and engine trouble in electrical storm.
One aircraft (A/C. N.B.J.990 - Captain S/L. SANDES) dropped one mine in the allotted position but the other mine hung up but
later dropped out 5 miles North of aiming point.
One aircraft (A/C. V.B.J.965 - Captain Sgt. CRIMMIN) was forced to abandon the primary allotment owing to inter-com. trouble and
dropped its bombs by T.R. and D.R. fixes in a position 53.32N - 05.39E.
Three aircraft successfully located their allotments and dropped their mines by visual and D.R. fixes from heights ranging between 500 and 750 feet.
One of these aircraft (A/C. B.X.3924 - Captain Sgt. McCREA) was hit by light Flak, the front gunner was wounded, the turret
was u/s and the aircraft crash landed on return.
One aircraft failed to return to base from operations.
0232 6 aircraft had returned to base safely after operations.
Sgt - Service No 1384041
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Sgt - Service No 1263891
Son of William and Isabella Cowie Thomson Simpson, of Muswell Hill, Middlesex.
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F/S - Service No R/81225
Age: 23 °1918 September 28
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F/S - Service No R/85752
Age: 22 - °August 17, 1920 Hiawatha, Ontario.
Son of Corporal George Paudash and Margaret (nee Anderson) Paudash,
of Keene, Ontario, Canada.
Brother of George, Lloyd Neil and June.
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