Wellington X3419 8/9 March 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3419 - KO-T

T/O Marham 1910 Target: Essen, Germany.
Lost without trace.

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

This was yet another major step forward, a heavy raid on the previously difficult target of Essen
with leading aircraft now fitted with the Gee navigational aid.

211 aircraft - 115 Wellingtons, 37 Hampdens, 27 Stirlings, 22 Manchesters and 10 Halifaxes.
8 aircraft - 5 Wellingtons, 2 Manchesters and 1 Stirling - lost.

It was a fine night but industrial haze over Essen prevented accurate bombing and the raid was a disappointment.
Gee could only enable the aircraft to reach the approximate area of the target.
Photographic evidence showed that the main target, the Krupps factories, was not hit
but some bombs fell in the southern part of Essen.
Essen reports only a 'light' raid with a few houses and a church destroyed, 10 People killed and 19 missing.

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

ORB. 8th. March. 1942.
17 Aircraft (9 from A. Flight 8 from B Flight) took part in operations against ESSEN,
and taking off between 19.10 and 19.56 hours, found weather over the Target to be very good with slight ground haze
Bombing from heights ranging between 10,000 and 19,000 Feet,
14 of the Aircraft saw all their Bombs and Incendiaries fall in the Target area starting several large fires,
and adding to the already existing fires.
2 of the Aircraft had to return early owing to technical trouble, and brought all their bombs back.
A/C. ZX334 - Captain F/S. HYDE - abandon the sortie 20 miles from the DUTCH COAST
due to the rear turret oxygen regulator becoming unserviceable.

A/C. YX3604 - Captain F/S. SOAMES - abandon the sortie 20 miles over HOLLAND due to
port engine oil pressure being low and temperature high.

Aircraft TX3419 (Capt. P/O Runagall) failed to return from operations.

0555. All Aircraft with the exception of Aircraft TX3419 (Capt. P/O RUNAGALL) had returned safely to base from operations.

A/C. AX3644 - Captain W/Cmdr. FREEMAN - Damage sustained to main plane as a result of Flak.
A/C. GX3633 - Captain S/L. HOGG - The port engine was failing on return.

Runagall Ronald Percy Runagall Ronald Percy - Pilot

P/O - Service No 112446 - DFC.

Age: 20


Son of Percy William and Violet Sarah Runagall, of Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

Runnymede Memorial - Panel 71.

Source: CWGC

Hickman Herbert John Hickman Herbert John - 2nd Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1289238

Age: 25


Son of Wilfred Thomas Hickman and Mabel Hickman.
Husband of Joyce Winifred Hickman, of Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

Runnymede Memorial - Panel 85.

Source: CWGC.

Hosea Russel Lloyd GeorgeHosea Russel Lloyd George Hosea Russel Lloyd George - Observer

P/O - Service No J/15033 - DFC

Age: 28


Son of John and Margaret Hosea.

Runnymede Memorial - Panel 100.

Source: CWGC - more info and photos on Canadian virtual war memorial.

Stevenson Sydney William Stevenson Sydney William - W.Op./Air Gnr

Sgt - Service No 952944

Age: 22


Son of Albert and Mary Louisa Stevenson, of Milton, Staffordshire.

Runnymede Memorial - Panel 94.

Source: GWGC.

Chamberlain John Alfred Chamberlain John Alfred - FG.

F/S - Service No 1378042

Age: 22


Son of John and Louisa Madelane Chamberlain;
nephew and foster-son of Mrs. M. L. Roberts, of Edmonton, Middlesex.

Runnymede Memorial - Panel 73.

Source: CWGC.

Runner Joseph Moore Wellington X3419 Runner Joseph Moore - RG

P/O - Service No J/15172 - DFM.

Age: 24


Son of John H. and Mabel Maud Runner.

Runnymede Memorial - Panel 101.

Source: CWGC - Photo: Canadian virtual war memorial.