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.
|Runagall Ronald Percy - Pilot
P/O - Service No 112446 - DFC.
Son of Percy William and Violet Sarah Runagall, of Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
Runnymede Memorial - Panel 71.
|Hickman Herbert John - 2nd Pilot
Sgt - Service No 1289238
Son of Wilfred Thomas Hickman and Mabel Hickman.
Runnymede Memorial - Panel 85.
|Hosea Russel Lloyd George - Observer
P/O - Service No J/15033 - DFC
Son of John and Margaret Hosea.
Runnymede Memorial - Panel 100.
| Stevenson Sydney William - W.Op./Air Gnr
Sgt - Service No 952944
Son of Albert and Mary Louisa Stevenson, of Milton, Staffordshire.
Runnymede Memorial - Panel 94.
|Chamberlain John Alfred - FG.
F/S - Service No 1378042
Son of John and Louisa Madelane Chamberlain; nephew and foster-son of Mrs. M. L. Roberts, of Edmonton, Middlesex.
Runnymede Memorial - Panel 73.
|Runner Joseph Moore - RG
P/O - Service No J/15172 - DFM.
Son of John H. and Mabel Maud Runner.
Runnymede Memorial - Panel 101.