Wellington BK166 13 February 1943

Wellington Mk III - BK166 - KO-C

T/O East Wretham 1726 - target Lorient.

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

466 aircraft - 164 Lancasters, 140 Wellingtons, 96 Halifaxes, 66 Stirlings -
carried out Bomber Command's heaviest attack on Lorient during the war.
The ordinary squadrons of Bomber Command, not reinforced for a 1,000-bomber type raid,
dropped more than 1,000 tons of bombs on a target for the first time.
The raid was carried out in clear visibility and considerable further damage was caused to the already battered town of Lorient.

7 aircraft - 3 Wellingtons, 2 Lancasters, 1 Halifax, 1 Stirling - were lost, 1.5 per cent of the force.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary February 1943.

ORB. 13th Feb. 1943.
5 aircraft took off between 17.20 hours and 17.26 hours to attack target LORIENT.
4 of the aircraft located the target by D.R. run from ILE DE GROIX and visual of Estuary and
dropped their bombs from heights ranging between 7,000 feet and 12,000 feet.
Incendiaries were seen to ignite in LORIENT dock area and H.C. bombs to burst on or near KOROMAN.
Fires were observed in dock area and in KOROMAN.
Photos were attempted.
Obe aircraft failed to return from operations.

23.25 4 aircraft had returned safely to base after operations.

Wellington BK166Rait Thomas Gilmour Rait Thomas Gilmour - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1341342

Age:

RAFVR

Son of George Walker Rait and Edith Irvine Rait, of St. Pancras, London.

Guidel Communal Cemetery, Departement Morbihan, France - grave 5.10.

Source: CWGC - photo via CIMETIÈRE DE GUIDEL - Find a Grave.

Wellington BK166Rose Desmond James Rose Desmond James - Observer

P/O - Service No 124400

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of James Leo and Winifred Edith Rose, of Branksome, Dorsetshire.

Guidel Communal Cemetery, Departement Morbihan, France - grave 5.9.

Source: CWGC - photo via CIMETIÈRE DE GUIDEL - Find a Grave.

Hooper L Hooper L. - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1312120

Age: - POW No 1152 Stalag 357

RAFVR

Son of

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

Wellington BK166Currie William Matthew Currie William Matthew - BA

F/O - Service No J22532

Age: 24

RCAF

Son of Matthew and Agnes Currie, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Guidel Communal Cemetery, Departement Morbihan, France - grave 5.8.

Source: CWGC - photo: Canadian virtual war memorial. - CIMETIÈRE DE GUIDEL - Find a Grave.

Wellington BK166Gray Sidney John Gray Sidney John - RG

Sgt - Service No 1263851

Age: 32

RAFVR

Son of William Henry and Amelia Gray, of Walthamstow, Essex.
Husband of Ann Lilian Gray, of Walthamstow.

Guidel Communal Cemetery, Departement Morbihan, France - grave 5.7.

Source: CWGC - photo via CIMETIÈRE DE GUIDEL - Find a Grave.