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.

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.

ORB. 21st. July, 1942.
16 aircraft (9 from 'A' Flight and 7 from 'B' Flight)
took off between 2349 and 0015 hours,
14 to attack target DUISBERG and 2 for MINELAYING operations.
8 of the aircraft attacking DUISBERG successfully located and attacked target and
bombing from heights ranging between 12500 and 14800 feet dropped their bombs on
the docks and build up areas between the docks and railway yards.
Several fires were observed and fires started.
Photographs were attempted and leaflets dropped.
1 of the remaining aircraft (A/C. H.Z.1605 - Captain Sgt. GLAUSER - A/C. sustained several small damages)
attacked the alternative target DORTMUND, evasive action over DUISBERG having caused change of course.
2 aircraft were forced to jettison their bombs due to
(A/C. D.Z.1624 - Captain P/O. FRY) engine overheating in one case and
(A/C. H.B.J.660 - Captain P/O. GRIMSTON) electrical failure (port propeller) in the other.
3 of the aircraft failed to return.
the 2 remaining aircraft detailed for MINELAYING operations dropped their mines successfully in the allotted positions.

0434. All the aircraft with the exception of
A/C. X.X.3561 (Captain P/O. FREEGARD)
A/C. A.X.3726 (Captain P/O. STANFORD) Wellington Mk III X3726 KO-A - 1 KIA, 5 POW., and
A/C. B.X.3750 (Captain Sgt. FLETCHER) Wellington Mk III X3750 KO-B - no survivors,
had returned safely to Base after operations.

(A/C. G.B.J.616 - Captain Sgt. SMITH - A/C. was damaged by Flak in the port wing,
fuselage and pilots hatch, T.R. was unserviceable)

Freegard Malcolm Leslie Freegard Malcolm Leslie - Pilot

P/O - Service No 109494

Age: 19

RAFVR

POW - No 596 Stalag Luft 3

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

Booth George Vincent CyrilBooth George Vincent Cyril Booth George Vincent Cyril - Observer

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

Age: 20

RCAF

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

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

Source: CWGC - photo via Canadian virtual war memorial. - Find a Grave by Des Philippet.

Wellington X3561Pink Warnford Francis Victor Pink Warnford Francis Victor - W.Op./Air Gnr.

F/S - Service No 906144

Age:

RAFVR

Son of

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

Source: CWGC - photo via OORLOGSDODEN NIJMEGEN 1940 - 1945- Find a Grave by Michel Beckers.

Rogers W Rogers W. G. - FG

Sgt - Service No 1161250

Age:

RAFVR

POW - No 27063 Stalag 344

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

Wellington X3561Munro John Munro John - RG

Sgt - Service No 1267233

Age: 33

RAFVR

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 - Find a Grave by Des Philippet.