1/2 June 1942
Wellington Mk III - X3721 - KO-F
|T/O Marham 2255. Target Essen, Germany. Lost without trace
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
This was the second raid carried out by the 'Thousand Force' although the full 1,000 aircraft could not be provided on this night. 956 aircraft were dispatched: 545 Wellingtons, 127 Halifaxes, 77 Stirlings, 74 Lancasters, 71 Hampdens, 33 Manchesters and 29 Whitleys.
31 bombers were lost: 15 Wellingtons, 8 Halifaxes, 4 Lancasters, 1 Hampden, 1 Manchester, 1 Stirling, 1 Whitley. This was 3.2 per cent of the force dispatched.
Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary June 1942.
|Williams Lyn Collis - Pilot
F/O - Service No 44362
Son of Collis and Winifred Ann Williams.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 68
|King Douglas George - Observer
P/O - Service No 404378
Age: 23 - °born in Palmerston North
Son of Arthur James King (army officer) and Lily Holding.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 116
|McKellar John Campbell - WOP
Sgt - Service No 1062986
Son of John Campbell McKellar, and of Jean Ross McKellar, of York.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 88
| Hepple Thomas - FG
Sgt - Service No 1378983
Son of Michael and Mary Hepple; husband of Rita D. Hepple, of Middle Herrington, Co. Durham.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 85
| Strain John Lawrence - RG
Sgt - Service No 1357040
Son of W. A. and Violet C. Strain, of Ladywood, Birmingham.
Runnymede Memorial - panel 94