Wellington BK206 22/23 November 1942

Wellington Mk III - BK206 - KO-R

T/O East Wretham 1840 - target Stuttgart, Germany.
Crashed at Chalandry (Aisne), 15 km N of Laon, France.

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

222 aircraft - 97 Lancasters, 59 Wellingtons, 39 Halifaxes, 27 Stirlings.

A thin layer of cloud and some ground haze concealed Stuttgart and the Pathfinders were not able to
identify the centre of the city.
Heavy bombing developed to the south-west and south and the outlying residential districts of Vaihingen,
Rohr, Mohringen and Plieningen, all about 5 miles from the centre, were hit.
88 houses were destroyed and 334 seriously damaged; 28 people were killed and 71 injured.

10 aircraft - 5 Lancasters, 3 Wellingtons, 2 Halifaxes - lost, 4.5 per cent of the force.

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

ORB. 22nd. Nov. 1942.
12 aircraft (6 from "A" Flight & 6 from "B" Flight)
took off between the hours of 18.40 and 19.01 to attack target STUTTGARD.
1 aircraft (A/C. G.B.J.756 - Captain Sgt. RODGERS) was forced to abandon the sortie owing to the top
escape hatch flying open and inability to close it and returned to base early bringing back its incendiaries.
2 aircraft failed to return from operations. Wellington Mk III BJ842 KO-W, 1 evd - 3 POW - 2 KIA.
the other 9 aircraft successfully located the target and bombed from heights ranging between 6,000 and 9,500 feet.
Many bursts were seen on a factory in the North of town and in centre of town.
Incendiaries were seen to ignite in the vicinity of the marshalling yards and very good fires were burning in
the whole of STUTTGARD.
Leaflets were dropped and photographs attempted.

02.49 10 aircraft had returned safely to base.

All photos via ww2cemeteries.com, by Barry Cuttell.

Wellington BK206Robertson Alexander Winton Robertson Alexander Winton - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 657056

Age: 26

RAFVR

Son of James and May Robertson, of Ipswich, Suffolk.
Husband of Evelyn May Britton Robertson, of Ipswich.

Chalandry Churchyard, Departement Aisne, France - Grave 2

Source: CWGC - photo Find a Grave by Edward.

Wellington BK206Wood Alfred Leonard Wood Alfred Leonard - Observer

Sgt - Service No 1208568

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

Chalandry Churchyard, Departement Aisne, France - Grave 3

Source: CWGC - photo Find a Grave by Edward.

Wellington BK206Texter John Ashburner Texter John Ashburner - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1287689

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Harry and Ellen Texter; husband of Lilian Texter,
of Penrith, Cumberland.

Chalandry Churchyard, Departement Aisne, France - Grave 1

Source: CWGC - photo Find a Grave by Edward.

Gosney K Gosney K. A. - BA

Sgt - Service No 1380364

Age:

RAFVR - POW No 926 Stalag Luft 6.

Son of

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

Wellington BK206Morris Royston Delmare Morris Royston Delmare - RG

Sgt - Service No 1037412

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Thomas John and Ann Morris, of Morriston, Glamorgan.

Chalandry Churchyard, Departement Aisne, France - Grave 4

Source: CWGC - photo Find a Grave by Edward.