Wellington X3644 17/18 May 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3644 - KO-A

T/O Marham 2234. Minelaying (Gardening) operations in the Baltic Sea.
Possibly a/c seen at 0138 hrs to be going down out of control at position 55N 06E.

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

Minelaying: 32 Stirlings and 28 Wellingtons of 3 Group to the Frisians and the Heligoland area.
German night fighters were active.

5 Stirlings and 2 Wellingtons were lost.

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

ORB. 17th. May, 1942.
11 aircraft (including one freshman - 6 from "A" Flight and 5 from "B" Flight)
took off between 2229 and 2242 hours to attack target GARDENING and BOULOGNE.

The 10 aircraft on GARDENING operations successfully located the target and dropped their
vegetables in the allotted position from heights ranging from 600 - 700 feet.
Two aircraft reported observing air combats off PELLWORN at 0050 hours,
also another aircraft reported having seen an aircraft crash and burst into flames off PELLWORN at 0045 hours.
The height of combat was estimated at 3/4000 feet.

The aircraft detailed to attack target BOULOGNE was forced to abandon the sortie
due to TR failure and bad visibility, and bombs were brought back.
A/C. A.X.3644 (Captain Sgt. BUTTERWORTH) failed to return from operations.

0405. All the remaining aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.

Butterworth Francis Norman Butter worth Francis Norman - Pilot

Sgt - Service No 1112329

Age: 26

RAFVR

Son of Harold and Catherine Mary Butterworth.
Husband of Margaret Elizabeth Butterworth (nee Ellerton), of Hedon, Yorkshire.
Two childern.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 79

Source: CWGC.

Wellington X3644Fisher John Fisher John - Observer

P/O - Service No 103576

Age: 25

RAFVR

Son of Harry and Elsie Fisher, of Olton, Birmingham.

Hamburg (Ohlsdorf) Cemetery, Hamburg-Nord, Hamburg - 6A. C. 5.

Source: CWGC - Photo via Find a grave, by PupDawg

Lloyd Kenneth Arthur Lloyd Kenneth Arthur - WOP

Sgt - Service No 1256771

Age: 21

RAFVR

Son of

Runnymede Memorial - panel 88

Source: CWGC.

Wagstaff William Richard Wagstaff William Richard - WOP/AG

Sgt - Service No 1309976

Age: 26

RAFVR

Son of Richard and Gertrude Ellen Wagstaff, of Brixton, London.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 95

Source: CWGC.

Ragan Arthur Wilton Ragan Arthur Wilton - RG

Sgt - Service No 931128

Age: 20

RAFVR

Son of John William Ragan, and of Sarah Henrietta Ragan, of Worthing, Sussex.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 92

Source: GWGC.