6/7 December 1942|
Wellington Mk III - BK513 - KO-V
A/C. crashed at Montcornet (Aisne), 35 km NE of Laon, France.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
272 aircraft - 101 Lancasters, 65 Halifaxes, 57 Wellingtons, 49 Stirlings.
The target area was found to be completely cloud-covered.
Most of the Pathfinders withheld their flares and many of the 220 crews who bombed did so on dead-reckoning positions.
Mannheim reports only 500 or so incendiary bombs and some leaflets.
There were no casualties in Mannheim.
10 aircraft - 5 Wellingtons, 3 Halifaxes, 1 Lancaster, 1 Stirling - lost, 3.1 per cent of the force,
and 4 more aircraft crashed in England.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary December 1942.
ORB. 6th Dec, 1942.
6 aircraft (5 from "A" Flight & 1 from "B" Flight) took off on operations between 17.30 hours and 17.35 hours to
attack target MANNHEIM.
4 aircraft successfully located the target and bombed in 10/10 cloud from heights ranging between 8,000 and 9,000 feet.
No bursts were seen although P.F.F. flares were visible and two fires and two lines of incendiaries were observed
burning through gaps in cloud.
2 aircraft failed to return. Wellington Mk III BJ898 KO-C, 5 KIA.
00.40 4 aircraft had returned safely to base after operations.
F/O - Service No 414265
Son of Prideaux Wintringham Dixon and Lillian Mary Dixon,
of Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand.
Montcornet Military Cemetery, Departement Ainse, France - grave GG. 1
F/S - Service No R86314
Son of MacDuff and Laura May Rae.
Husband of Pearl Martha Rae, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Montcornet Military Cemetery, Departement Ainse, France - grave GG. 4
Sgt - Service No 1202006
Son of Charles and Ann Riches.
Husband of Katharine Alice Riches, of West Runton, Norfolk.
Montcornet Military Cemetery, Departement Ainse, France - grave GG. 2
Sgt - Service No 1183362
Son of Charles William and Ethel Mildred Colwill, of Ash Vale, Hampshire.
One older sister Mildred and one older brother John.
Montcornet Military Cemetery, Departement Ainse, France - grave GG.5