Wellington X3561 21/22 July 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3561 - KO-X

T/O Marham 2349. Target Duisburg, Germany.

Attacked by night fighter *Reinhold Knacke at 14,000 feet shortly after bombing. *Knacke was himself later shot down and killed in February 1943.
Crashed at 0155 between Vlodrop and Herkenbosh two small Dutch villages 7 km SE or Roermond, Netherlands.

Also lost on this mission:
Wellington Mk III X3750 KO-B - no survivors
Wellington Mk III X3726 KO-A - 1 KIA, 5 POW.

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

291 aircraft - 170 Wellingtons, 39 Halifaxes, 36 Stirlings, 29 Lancasters, 17 Hampdens.

253 returning crews reported that they had bombed and started many fires but photographs showed that the flares of the leading aircraft, dropped by Gee, were not accurate and part of the bombing fell in open country over the Rhine to the west.
This large raid was possibly sent on a moonless night to avoid the German night fighters. It is interesting to note that bombing results were better than on many moonlit raids but the bomber casualties, at 4.1 per cent, were heavier than normal. Returning crews reported that Duisburg's Flak and searchlight defences were not as fierce as in recent raids to that target because of the haze and most of the bomber losses were suffered in the coastal fighter belt.
Duisburg reports much damage in housing areas, 94 buildings being destroyed and 256 seriously damaged, with 49 people killed. What Bomber Command documents describe as 'ground sources' later stated that the Thyssen steelworks and 2 other important war industries were hit.

12 aircraft - 10 Wellingtons, 1 Halifax, 1 Hampden - lost.

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

Freegard Malcolm Leslie Freegard Malcolm Leslie - Pilot

P/O - Service No 109494

Age: 19


POW - No 596 Stalag Luft 3

*Photo and info via son of Sam Freegard, thanks.

Booth George Vincent Cyril Booth George Vincent Cyril - Observer

Warrant Officer Class II - Service No R/67602 - USA

Age: 20


Son of George Vincent Booth and Madeline Booth, of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen - 24. G. 8.


Pink Warnford Francis Victor Pink Warnford Francis Victor - W.Op./Air Gnr.

F/S - Service No 906144



Son of

Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen - 24. G. 7.

Source: CWGC - photo via OORLOGSDODEN NIJMEGEN 1940 - 1945

Rogers W Rogers W. G. - FG

Sgt - Service No 1161250



POW - No 27063 Stalag 344

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

Munro John Munro John - RG

Sgt - Service No 1267233

Age: 33


Son of George Phillip and Catherine M. Munro, of South Harrow, Middlesex.

Jonkerbos War Cemetery,  Nijmegen - 24. G. 9.

Source: CWGC - photo via OORLOGSDODEN NIJMEGEN 1940 - 1945