Wellington BK306 24 October 1942

Wellington Mk III - BK306 - KO-K

T/O Mildenhall - target: Milan, Italy.
Crashed in North Sea.

Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan. - RAF Bomber Command Losses - W R. Chorley.

71 aircraft of 1 and 3 Groups and the Pathfinders - 25 Halifaxes, 23 Stirlings, 23 Wellingtons - continued the attack on Milan.

Storms en route dispersed the bomber force; some aircraft flew over Switzerland and were 'warned' by anti-aircraft fire.
Only 39 aircraft claimed to have bombed Milan and local reports say that little further damage was caused there.

4 Wellingtons and 2 Stirlings were lost, 8.5 per cent of the force.

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

ORB. 24th Oct., 1942.
6 aircraft (3 from "A" Flight & 3 from "B" Flight) took off on operations
between the hours of 18.55 and 19.06 to attack target MILAN.
2 aircraft jettisoned their bombs, one
(A/C. M.Z.1738 - Captain Sgt. MILLER) owing to T.R. trouble and inability to climb and the other
(A/C. V.B.J.965 - Captain P/O. WALLACE) owing to starboard engine trouble.
3 aircraft were forced to abandon the sortie
(A/C. A.B.K.338 - Captain Sgt. THURSTON) owing to port engine trouble,
(A/C. F.X.3447 - Captain Sgt. ROSS - rear turret and oil leak) turret trouble and
(A/C. J.Z.1653 - Captain W/C. COUSENS) a blown induction pipe respectively and returned to
base early bringing back their incendiaries.
One aircraft failed to return from operations.

5 aircraft had returned safely to base by 23.15 hrs on the 24th.

Oldridge Donald Stuart Oldridge Donald Stuart - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 413988

Age: 21 - washed ashore near
Kwadenhoek, Netherlands on 10 December 1942.

RNZAF

Son of Sidney Robert and Mabel Dawse Oldridge,
of Darfield, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Rotterdam (Crooswijck) General Cemetery, Netherlands -
grave LL. 2. 25

Source: CWGC - Photo and info New Zealand War Graves Project
Contributed by Stella Fraser Milne (niece) - Find a Grave.

Wellington BK306 McFarland Robert Louis Andrew - Observer

Sgt - Service No 411422

Age: 20 - washed ashore near Renesse,
Netherlands on 23 November 1942.

RNZAF

Son of Charles Louis McFarland and of Letitia Trevarthen,
of Auckland City, New Zealand.

Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, Netherlands - grave 20. A. 2

Source: CWGC - Photo via Auckland War Memorial Museum - Find a grave by Astrid.

Gardner Alan FrancisGardner Alan Francis Gardner Alan Francis - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1377610

Age: 21 - Buried on 12 November 1942

RAFVR

Son of Rodney Robert and Amy Kathleen Gardner;
foster-son of Mrs. E. Wade,
of North Harrow, Middlesex.

Hoek van Holland General Cemetery, Rotterdam Municipality,
Zuid-Holland, Netherlands - grave 20.F.16

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by Frisianheroes & Ruud.

Yeoman Kenneth Harry Yeoman Kenneth Harry - BA

Sgt - Service No 41389

Age: 25

RNZAF

Son of Harry Bertram Yeoman and of Hildred Agnes Parker,
of Wellington City, New Zealand.

Bergen op Zoom War Cemetary, Netherlands - grave 20.A.2

Source: CWGC - photo via Stichting WO2 Goree-Overflakkee - Find a grave by Astrid.

Couzens George Alfred Frederick Couzens George Alfred Frederick - RG

Sgt - Service No 1383580

Age: 24

RAFVR

Son of George Frederick and Ellen Mary Couzens, of Battersea, London.

Runnymede Memorial - Panel 80

Source: CWGC.