27/28 April 1942|
Wellington Mk III - X3639 - KO-K
Crashed in Cologne.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan -
97 aircraft - 76 Wellingtons, 19 Stirlings, 2 Halifaxes.
Bombing conditions were favourable and this small force claimed good results.
Cologne reports 9 industrial premises and 1,520 houses hit or damaged, and 19 other premises affected.
11 people were killed, 52 injured and 1,683 bombed out.
A considerable number of bombs, however, fell outside the city to the east.
150 hectares of the Tannenwald destroyed by fire.
6 Wellingtons and 1 Halifax lost.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary April 1942.
ORB. 27th. April, 1942.
13 aircraft including 1 freshman (6 from "A" Flight and 7 from "B" Flight).
The 12 aircraft attacking target KOLN took off between 2133 and 2144 hours
and found weather over the target to be very good all the aircraft identifying
and bombs were bombing the target visually.
From heights ranging between 9500 and 18000 feet/dropped and fires started
one west of the river and one south of the aiming point.
One fire north of the aiming point gave off much black smoke and flared up instantaneously,
numerous fires were also observed on the east bank of the river.
15 photographs were also attempted.
The aircraft (A/C. N.X.3466 - Captain Sgt. WILLIAMS) attacking target DUNKIRK
found weather over the target very hazy and all the bombs were jettisoned in the sea.
A/C. K.X.3639 (Captain Sgt. HARRIS) failed to return from operations.
0413. all the remaining aircraft had returned safely to Base after operations.
(A/C. L.X.3464 (Captain Sgt. BUTTERWORTH) was forced to jettison his bombs
as port airscrew was broken and other damage sustained.
Wireless and rear turret put unserviceable due to vibration.)
Sgt - Service No 1283645
Rheinberg War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen - 1. E. 9.
Sgt - Service No 980446
Son of George William Fildes Taylor and Annie Taylor;.
Husband of Betty Evaline Taylor, of Southfields, London.
Rheinberg War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen - 1. E. 11.
Sgt - Service No 1359180
Son of Alfred George and Jane Foyle McCarthy, of Tottenham, Middlesex.
Rheinberg War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen - 1. E. 10.
Sgt - Service No 911969
Son of John and Amelia Clara Garland.
Husband of Irene Ivy Garland, of Southampton.
Rheinberg War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen - 1. E. 12
Sgt - Service No 841995
POW No 242, Stalag 357.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.