Wellington X3597 16/17 November 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3597 - KO-Q

T/O East Wretham 1655 - minelaying in the Furze area off Bayonne.

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

Minor Operations: 65 aircraft minelaying to various places from Lorient to the Frisian Islands.

2 Wellingtons and 1 Stirling lost.

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

ORB. 16th. Nov. 1942.
7 aircraft (4 from "A flight & 3 from "B" Flight)
took off on MINELAYING OPERATIONS between 16.55 hours & 17.05 hours.
5 of the aircraft successfully located their positions by visual pinpoint and dropped
their mines on D.R. from heights ranging between 500 feet and 900 feet,
and one of them (A/C. V.B.J.965 - Captain Sgt. ROSS) crash landed on return owing to Flak damage.
1 aircraft (A/C. N.B.J.990 - Captain P/O. THOMAS) was forced to abandon the sortie
to bad visibility and returned to base early bringing back its mines.
1 aircraft failed to return from operations.

00.30 The remaining 6 aircraft had returned to base after operations.

Wellington X3597Gill Thomas Gill Thomas - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1343515

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of John and Margaret Gill, of Prestwick, Ayrshire.

Escoublac-la-Baule War Cemetery,
Departement Loire Atlantique, France - grave 2. H. 4

Source: CWGC - photo via nl.geneanet.org - Find a Grave.

Johnson Douglas Graeme HarrisonJohnson Douglas Graeme Harrison Johnson Douglas Graeme Harrison - Observer

F/S - Service No R84187

Age: 22

RCAF

Son of Harry A. and Myrtle M. Johnson, of Simcoe,
Ontario, Canada.

Escoublac-la-Baule War Cemetery,
Departement Loire Atlantique, France - grave 2. H. 3

Source: CWGC - photo and more info on Canadian virtual war memorial. - Find a Grave.

Watkinson James LesterWatkinson James Lester Watkinson James Lester - WOP

F/S - Service No R69360

Age: 24

RCAF

Son of Harry T. Watkinson and Edna Mae Watkinson,
of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

Sarzeau Communal Cemetery, Departement Morbihan, France

Source: CWGC - photo and more info on Canadian virtual war memorial. - Traces of War - Find a Grave.

Morris Arnold Morris Arnold - BA

Sgt - Service No 655938

Age: 22

RAFVR

Son of Tom and Hannah M. Morris, of Pontlottyn, Glamorgan.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 90

Source: CWGC.

Wellington X3597Clarke Thomas Clarke Thomas - RG

Sgt - Service No 1058877 - DMF

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of John and Martha Clarke, of Bolton, Lancashire.

Escoublac-la-Baule War Cemetery,
Departement Loire Atlantique, France - grave 2. G. 12

Source: CWGC - photo via nl.geneanet - Find a Grave.