29 October 1942|
Wellington Mk III - X3540 - KO-X
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.
17.40 The remaining 3 aircraft had returned safely to base.
F/S - Service No 405346
Age: - washed ashore near Wissenkerke, Netherlands on 25 November 1942.
Flushing (Northern) Cemetery, Vlissingen, Netherlands - Grave D. 15
Sgt - Service No 1016740
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
F/O - Service No 411768
Son of Richmond D. Meredith and of Isabel Mary Corboy, of Otorohanga,
Auckland, New Zealand.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 114
Sgt - Service No 1120097
Son of Herbert P. and Emma Norcross, of Haydock, Lancashire.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 90