Wellington X3464 28/29 August 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3464 - KO-B

T/O Marham 2030 - target Nuremberg, Germany.
Crashed at Prüm, Germany, Ardennes.

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

159 aircraft - 71 Lancasters, 41 Wellingtons, 34 Stirlings, 13 Halifaxes.

Crews were ordered to attack Nuremberg from as low as possible.
The Pathfinders found their aiming point and, for the first time, marked it with target
indicators adapted from 250lb bomb casings.
Photographs showed that these were placed with great accuracy and the crews of the
Main Force claimed to have carried out a good attack.
A report from Nuremberg does not quite confirm this.
Bombs were dropped as far away as the town of Erlangen, nearly 10 miles to the north,
and 4 people were killed there.
In Nuremberg itself, the number of bombs recorded would indicate that approximately 50 aircraft hit the town.
137 people were killed; 126 civilians and 11 foreigners.

23 aircraft - 14 Wellingtons, 4 Lancasters, 3 Stirlings, 2 Halifaxes - lost, 14.5 per cent of the force.
The Wellington losses were 34 per cent of those dispatched!

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

ORB. 28th. August, 1942.
15 aircraft (9 from "A" Flight & 6 from "B" Flight)
took off for operations between 20.26 and 20.48 hours to attack
targets SAARBRUCKEN and NURNBERG.

5 aircraft detailed to attack SAARBRUCKEN bombed from heights ranging between 8,000 and 9,500 feet
and bursts were observed on and around aiming point, fires were caused in town and marshalling yards.
One aircraft (A/C. Q.X.3718 - Captain P/O. OWEN) landed at MANSTON owing to shortage of petrol.
One of the ten aircraft detailed to attack NURNBERG attacked target SAARBRUCKEN, owing to engine trouble,
and bombs were seen to burst on the target and 6 fires were observed burning on target.

Of the other nine detailed to attack NURNBERG, four failed to return,
Wellington Mk III BJ688 KO-R - 5 KIA
Wellington Mk III X3647 KO-A - 4 KIA, 1 POW
Wellington Mk III X3675 KO-D - 3 KIA, 1 POW, 1 Evd
Two successfully located target and bombed from heights ranging 10,000 and 12,000 feet,
bursts being observed in build up area, one of these aircraft crashing on landing
(A/C. T.Z.1607 - Captain P/O. BERRY). at Barton Bendish due to petrol shortage caused
by airscrew pitch control being temporarily u/s.
All crew reported to have survived with no serious injuries.
Two aircraft jettisoned their bombs safe owing to airscrew (A/C. C.B.N. - Captain P/O. SHIRES) and
(A/C. N.B.J.663 - Captain S/L. SANDES) engine trouble respectively; and one aircraft
(Captain W/C. COUSENS - Wellington Mk III X3351 KO-Y) was forced to jettison its bombs when attacked
by enemy fighter, returning to base with the W/T. Operator (Sgt. CLAY H.) fatally injured.

11 aircraft returned to base after operations by 04.38 hours.


Photos: Oliver Köhler, Dambusters museum, Germany. More info on Aircrew Remembered

Allen William Stansfield Duffy J. H. - Pilot

P/O - Service No 115705

Age: - POW No 642 - Stalag Luft Sagan (L3)

RAFVR

Son of

Source: Aircrew Remembered

Hesp William John Lovelady Lawrence - Observer

Sgt - Service No 657979

Age: - POW No 26840 - Stalag Lamsdorf (344)

RAFVR

Son of

Source: Aircrew Remembered

Haddleton William Desmond Brennan C. - WOP/AG

Sgt - Service No 657436

Age: - POW No 26814 - Stalag Lamsdorf (344)

RAFVR

Son of

Source: Aircrew Remembered

Hepworth Eric Gibson Ronald - WOP/AG

P/O - Service No 48816

Age: - POW No 646 - Stalag Luft Sagan (L3)

RAFVR

Son of

*Sgt Gibson survived an earlier incident on the 2nd July 1940
whilst attacking the German Battleship Scharnhorst.

Source: Aircrew Remembered*

Tuck John Frederick Martin J. G. - AG.

Sgt - Service No 1226833

Age: - POW No 26833 - Stalag Lamsdorf (344)

RAFVR

Son of

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