Wellington X3635 3/4 June 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3635 - KO-J

T/O Marham 2300. Target Bremen, Germany.
Shot down at 0406 hrs. by Ofw Georg Klever, flying ME110 Nightfighter, NJG/3
based at Laon/Athles airbase, Northern France.
Its believed that the a/c had a full bomb load at the time.

Source: Aircrew remembered.

170 aircraft of all standard types were dispatched on the first large raid to Bremen since October 1941.
Crews reported only indifferent bombing results but Bremen recorded this as a heavy attack,
the results of which exceeded all previous raids.
Housing areas were heavily hit with 6 streets affected by serious fires.
Damage to the U-boat construction yards and the Focke-Wulf factory is described as 'of no importance'
but there were hits in the harbour area which damaged a pier, some warehouses and the destroyer Z-25.
With 83 people dead, 29 seriously and 229 slightly injured,
this would turn out to be Bremen's third heaviest casualty toll in the war.

11 aircraft - 4 Wellingtons, 2 Halifaxes, 2 Lancasters, 2 Stirlings, 1 Manchester - lost.

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

ORB. 3rd. June, 1942.
15 aircraft (7 from 'A' Flight and 8 from 'B' Flight)
took off between 2251 and 2324 hours to attack target BREMEN
and bombing from heights ranging between 10000 and 16000 feet bombs were dropped in good visibility.
Many bursts were observed and fires were started in the dock area and in the town.
A/C. T.X.3724 (Captain F/S. HUTCHISON) Wellington Mk III X3724 KO-T and
A/C. J.X.3635 (Captain P/O. WOOD) failed to return from operations.

All the remaining aircraft had returned safely to base after operations by 0525 hours.

Wood Thomas Reader RusselWood Thomas Reader Russel Wood Thomas Reader Russel - Pilot

F/O - Service No 67642 - posthumously DFC 3 June 1942.

Age: 21


Sunday Guardian, 14 June 1942: P/O T. R. Wood,
son of the Hon’ble B. R. Wood of British Guiana,
reported missing after Bremen raid on night June 4/5 1942.
Sometime during Oct/Nov last year (1941),
he injured his shoulder when forced to bail out after petrol supply ran out.

Becklingen War Cemetery - 26. G. 12

Source: CWGC - Caribbean aircrew - ww2 - photo Find a Grave by Flipside20.

Chapman John WynneChapman John Wynne Chapman John Wynne - 2nd Pilot

F/S - Service No 41978

Age: 29 - 27?


Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 117

Source: CWGC - Photo via Aircrew remembered - Auckland museum.

Howe Leonard John Howe Leonard John - Observer

Sgt - Service No 1375874

Age: 28


Son of John and Ellen Louise Howe, of Lower Edmonton, Middlesex.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 86

He served time in the Marines and had "The Flying Marine"
chalked on the door of his flying locker.

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

Davies Maurice John Morris Davies Maurice John Morris - WOP

Sgt - Service No 905368

Age: 21


Son of Thomas Morris Davies and Catherine Anne Davies, of Barnes, Surrey.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 81

Source: CWGC

Pearce H Pearce H. B. - FG

P/O - Service No 106036



POW - No 556 Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Poland.

Try to escape. Ended up 3 years in a prison camp.

Source: More info on Aircrew Remembered

Wischhusen Benjamin Francis Wischhusen Benjamin Francis - RG

Sgt - Service No 751991

Age: 27


Son of Benjamin John and Francis Ellen (nee Ellam) Wisch(h)usen,
of Boscombe, Hampshire.
Husband of May (nee Smith) Wisch(h)usen, of Enfield, Middlesex.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 97

Source: CWGC - Photo via Aircrew remembered.