17 December 1942|
Wellington Mk III - BK336 - KO-D
A/C; crashed near Grafeld 14 km W of Quakenbruck, Germany.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
ORB. 17th Dec. 1942.
6 aircraft took off on operations between 17.30 hours and 17.45 hours to attack target FALLERSLEBAN.
Two aircraft failed to return from operations. Wellington Mk III BK274 KO-T, 5 KIA.
One aircraft (A/C. N.B.J.990 - Captain P/O. FARQUHARSON) attacked the primary target and
bombing from a height of 3,000 feet, dropped his bombs in the vicinity of the "PEOPLES CAR" Factory.
The remaining three aircraft were unsuccessful in locating the primary target and one
(A/C. G.Z.1694 - Captain S/L. CHILTON) dropped its bombs from a height of 2,000 feet on a built up area
believed to be RHANDERFELIN (Handerfeld?),
another (A/C. S.B.K.275 - Captain Sgt. PLUM - Nienburg - Port wing & propeller holes by either Flak or fighters)
bombed NEINBURG from a height of 2,000 feet and observed its bombs bursting, and the other
(A/C. Q.B.J.756 - Captain Sgt. FINNERTY) bombed the UTZE AREA from a height of 4,000 feet and observed
five of its bombs bursting.
The latter aircraft returned with Flak or fighter damage and damage due to striking tree tops.
23.45 4 aircraft had returned safely to base after operations.
The crew members were initially buried in Quakenbruck Evangelical Cemetery.
Only Sgt Williams was identified at the time.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary December 1942.
Sgt - Service No 1315820
Son of James Crisp, and of Emily Crisp, of Gloucester.
Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 17. B. 21.
Sgt - Service No 413710
Thomas Beattie Lamont and Harriet Victoria Lamont,
Of Wainui, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 17. B. 19.
Sgt - Service No 1011696
Son of Owen Howard and Nellie Williams.
Husband of Vera Mary Williams, of Crosby, Liverpool.
Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 17. B. 20.
Sgt - Service No 1238480
Rheinberg War Cemetery - Coll. grave 17. C. 16-18.
Sgt - Service No 798598 - USA
Son of Harold and Gladys Rowsell, of Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Of Newfoundland.
Rheinberg War Cemetery - grave 11. D. 19.