Wellington X3540 29 October 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3540 - KO-X

T/O Mildenhall 1349 - target Nuremberg, Germany.
Presumed lost over the sea, close to the Dutch coast.

The operation was a failure. These raids were only of nuisance value and losses were always high.

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

7 Mosquitos to Holland and the German Frisian Islands, 6 Wellingtons on 'roving commissions' of the Ruhr.
6 Mosquitos and 1 Wellington bombed various targets, 3 Wellingtons (115 Squadron) and 2 Mosquitos were lost.

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

ORB. 29th. Oct., 1942.
Six aircraft (3 from "A" Flight & 3 from "B" flight) took off on daylight operations
between the hours of 13.49 and 14.00 to attack target ESSEN
2 aircraft were forced to abandon the sortie owing lack of cloud cover and ice accretion
and returned to base early after jettisoning their bombs.
One aircraft (A.B.K.338 - Captain Sgt. McCREA) visually bombed a build up area
at WESEL from a height of 13,000 feet.
Burst were seen but cloud then obscured vision making it impossible to observe any further results.
3 aircraft failed to return from operations.

Wellington Mk III BJ660 KO-H, 5 KIA (Captain Sgt. BARKER).
Wellington Mk III X3540 KO-X, 5 KIA (Captain F/S. URWIN).
Wellington Mk III Z1738 KO-M , 5 KIA (Captain P/O. RAWLINGS).

17.40 The remaining 3 aircraft had returned safely to base.

Urwin Reginald WilliamWellington X3540 Urwin Reginald William - Pilot

F/S - Service No 405346

Age: - washed ashore near Wissenkerke, Netherlands on 25 November 1942.

RNZAF

Son of

Flushing (Northern) Cemetery, Vlissingen, Netherlands - Grave D. 15

Source: CWGC - Photo: Auckland museum.com - Find a grave by Astrid.

McHenry Colin Shone McHenry Colin Shone - Observer

Sgt - Service No 1016740

Age:

RAFVR

Son of Albert and Florence McHenry, of Bolton, Lancashire.
Husband of Rhoda Fitzharris, of Bolton.
They had one daughter, Marilyn J. McHenry, born in 1942.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 88

Source: CWGC - Photo and info Bolton Church Institute School War Memorial 1939 ~ 1945

Richmond Lovett MeredithWellington X3540 Meredith Richmond Lovett - WOP

F/O - Service No 411768

Age: 22

RNZAF

Son of Richmond D. Meredith and of Isabel Mary Corboy, of Otorohanga,
Auckland, New Zealand.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 114

Source: CWGC - Photo: Auckland museum.com

Wellington X3540Norcross Horace Pilling Norcross Horace Pilling - BA

Sgt - Service No 1120097

Age: 28

RAFVR

Son of Herbert P. and Emma Norcross, of Haydock, Lancashire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 90

Source: CWGC - photo via St Helens Cemetery, 1939-1947

Martin Leslie HunterWellington X3540 Martin Leslie Hunter - RG

Sgt - Service No 412346

Age:

RNZAF

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 117

Source: CWGC - Photo: Auckland War Memorial Museum.