Wellington BK495 1 March 1943

Wellington Mk III - BK495 - KO-N

T/O East Wretham 1921 - minelaying operations in the West Frisian area.
Shot down by Lt Heinz Grimm (+ 13 October 1943) of the IV./NJG1.
Crashed at 2042 in the North Sea off the island of Ameland, Netherlands.

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

Minelaying: 60 aircraft to coastal areas between Texel and the River Gironde.
2 Wellingtons and 1 Lancaster lost.

6 Mosquitos to the Ruhr without loss.
The aircraft which bombed Essen scored direct hits in the middle of the main Krupps factory.

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

ORB. 1st March, 1943.
4 aircraft took off between 19.00 hours and 19.21 hours on MINELAYING OPERATIONS (Area WEST FRISIANS).
3 successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area, 1 by Gee fix from a height of 1,500 feet
& the other 2 by pinpoint of ISLAND VLIELAND from heights of 900 feet & 1,000 feet respectively.
1 aircraft failed to return from operations.

23.10 3 aircraft had returned safely to base after operations.

Hunt Stanley Gordon Hunt Stanley Gordon - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1384991

Age: 22


Son of Dennis and Mary Ethel Louisa Hunt, of Kintbury, Berkshire.
Husband of Sybil Eleanor Saich (1920-2000) x early 1943.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 154

Source: CWGC - photo and more info Ameland Graves

Battram Arthur Battram Arthur - Observer

Sgt - Service No 1439459

Age: 22


Son of John and Rose Battram, of Bury, Lancashire. One sister Ivy (1919-99), one brother Ronald (1925-79).

Runnymede Memorial - panel 142

Source: CWGC - more info Ameland Graves

Astin Herbert Whitaker Astin Herbert Whitaker - WOP

P/O - Service No 130527



Son of Rowland and Jessie Astin, of Colne, Lancashire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 130

Source: CWGC.

Bartholomew Kenneth Frederick Bartholomew Kenneth Frederick - BA

Sgt - Service No 1322036

Age: 20


Son of Frederick George and Winifred Ellen Hyde, of Thatcham, Berkshire.
Husband of Kathleen "Kitty" Meddings x early 1943.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 141

Source: CWGC - more info Ameland Graves

Down Alfred JamesDown Alfred James Down Alfred James - RG

F/S - Service No R109725

Age: 20 - washed ashore on 23 June 1943.


Son of Walter Alfred William and Charlotte Harper Down,
of Chatham, Ontario, Canada.
Husband of Josephine McAlorum x 25th July 1942.
Brother of Ethel, Rose and George.

Nes (Ameland) General Cemetery - grave D.13.11.

Source: CWGC - Photo and more info on Canadian virtual war memorial. - Find a grave by Rene Bosma.