Wellington X3647 28/29 August 1942

Wellington Mk III - X3647 - KO-A

T/O Marham 2026 - target Nuremberg, Germany. Crashed at Attigny, Ardennes, France, on the S bank of the Aisne, 15 kms ESE of Rethel.

Also lost/damaged on this mission:
Wellington Mk III X3351 KO-Y - 1 KIA, 5 survivors.
Wellington Mk III X3675 KO-D - 3 KIA, 1 POW, 1 Evd
Wellington Mk III BJ688 KO-R  - 5 KIA
Wellington Mk III X3464 KO-B - 5 POW

Wellington Mk III Z1607 KO-T.
Crashed on landing at Barton Bendish due to petrol shortage caused by airscrew pitch control being temporarily u/s.
Up 2035 down 0438.
The crew,
P/O Berry J. D.       Captain
P/O Wallace G. E.  Navigator
Sgt Goad J.              W/T Op
Sgt Harris J. T.        F. Gunner
Sgt Bryant W. K.     R. Gunner
All crew reported to have survived with no serious injuries.

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

159 aircraft - 71 Lancasters, 41 Wellingtons, 34 Stirlings, 13 Halifaxes.

Crews were ordered to attack Nuremberg from as low as possible. The Pathfinders found their aiming point and, for the first time, marked it with target indicators adapted from 250lb bomb casings. Photographs showed that these were placed with great accuracy and the crews of the Main Force claimed to have carried out a good attack.
A report from Nuremberg does not quite confirm this. Bombs were dropped as far away as the town of Erlangen, nearly 10 miles to the north, and 4 people were killed there. In Nuremberg itself, the number of bombs recorded would indicate that approximately 50 aircraft hit the town.
137 people were killed; 126 civilians and 11 foreigners.

23 aircraft - 14 Wellingtons, 4 Lancasters, 3 Stirlings, 2 Halifaxes - lost, 14.5 per cent of the force. The Wellington losses were 34 per cent of those dispatched!

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

Allen William Stansfield Allen William Stansfield - Pilot

F/S - Service No 1126560

Age: 21


Son of Ernest and Ivy Allen, of Whitefield, Lancashire.

Attigny Communal Cemetery - Grave 4.

Source: CWGC.

Hesp William John Hesp William John - Observer

F/S - Service No R/86357



Son of

Attigny Communal Cemetery - Grave 1


Haddleton William Desmond Haddleton William Desmond - WOP

Sgt - Service No R/94765


RCAF - At the time of his capture his family was living in Climax, Saskatchewan.

POW - No 818 Stalag Luft 4

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

Hepworth Eric Hepworth Eric - BA

Sgt - Service No 1430680



Son of Thomas Albert and Ellen Hepworth, of Marsh, Huddersfield.
Husband of Elsie Winifred Hepworth, of Dalton, Huddersfield.

Attigny Communal Cemetery - Grave 2

Source: CWGC.

Tuck John Frederick Tuck John Frederick - RG.

F/S - Service No R/87850

Age: 22


Son of Frederick James Tuck and Dorothy Lillian Tuck.

Attigny Communal Cemetery - Grave 3.

Source: CWGC.