12/13 April 1942
Wellington Mk III - X3596 - KO-B
|T/O Marham 2257. Target: Essen, Germany. Shot down by a night figther, Crashed at 0100 in the IJsselmeer E of the island of Urk, Netherlands.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
251 aircraft - 171 Wellingtons, 31 Hampdens, 27 Stirlings, 13 Halifaxes, 9 Manchesters.
173 aircraft claimed to have bombed Essen but their bombing photographs showed a wide area of the Ruhr. Essen's records show a slight improvement in the bombing. 5 high-explosive and 200 incendiary bombs hit the Krupps factory and a large fire was started there. 28 private dwellings were destroyed and 50 seriously damaged. 27 people were killed, 36 injured and 9 were missing.
These are the conclusions:
Essen's records show that industrial damage was caused on only 2 occasions - a fire in the Krupps factory and a few bombs on some nearby railway lines - that 63 civilians were killed and that a modest amount of residential property had been hit.10 aircraft - 7 Wellingtons, 2 Hampdens, 1 Halifax - lost.
Source: .nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary April 1942.
|Holder Albert Ernest (Jim) - Pilot
Sgt - Service No 1376202
Son of Albert and Thirza Louisa Holder.
His brother Reg was a radio technician at RAF Honington. The two brothers often conversed on the radio on the Wellington's return flight to base and Reg has been best man at Albert's wedding in May 1941.
Source: The Wellington Bomber by Martin W Bowman.
Amsterdam New Eastern General Cemetery - Plot 85. Row D. Grave 12.
|Blair Noel Hensley - 2nd Pilot
Sgt - Service No 404994
Son of Charles and Clara Blair, of Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand.
Amsterdam New Eastern General Cemetery - Plot 85. Row D. Grave 13.
Source: CWGC - Photo aucklandmuseum.com
|Barlow Ronald William - Observer
P/O - Service No 106537
Son of Edmund and Ada Miller Barlow, of Stockport, Cheshire. B.A. Hons. (Oxon.); Scholar of Brasenose College; Diplomas in Economics and General Science. President and Captain, Oxford University Lacrosse team, 1937.
Amsterdam New Eastern General Cemetery - Plot 85. Row D. Grave 15.
| Raiswell Kenneth John - W.Op./Air Gnr
Sgt - Service No 1151893
Son of John and Mabel Raiswell, of Gowerton, Glamorgan.
Amsterdam New Eastern General Cemetery - Plot 85. Row C. Grave 13.
Source: GWGC - photo: The Gowertonian Society
|Phillips Thomas James - W.Op./Air Gnr.
Sgt - Service No 977631
Amsterdam New Eastern General Cemetery - Plot 85. Row D. Grave 11.
|Ryan Thomas - RG
Sgt - Service No 621697
Son of Johana Ryan.
Amsterdam New Eastern General Cemetery - Plot 85. Row D. Grave 14.