Wellington Z1738 29 October 1942

Wellington Mk III - Z1738 - KO-M

T/O Mildenhall 1349 - target Essen, Germany. Cloud cover operation.

Shot down by a fighter and crashed in the North Sea W of Katwijk, Netherlands.

Also lost on this mission: Wellington Mk III BJ660 KO-H, 5 KIA
Also lost on this mission: Wellington Mk III X3540 KO-X, 5 KIA

The operation was a failure. These raids were only of nuisance value and losses were always high.

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

7 Mosquitos to Holland and the German Frisian Islands, 6 Wellingtons on 'roving commissions' of the Ruhr. 6 Mosquitos and 1 Wellington bombed various targets, 3 Wellingtons (115 Squadron) and 2 Mosquitos were lost.

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

Rawlings Robert Rawlings Robert - Pilot

F/O - Service No 116058 - DFC

Age: 22


Son of John Robert and Annie Rawlings, of Sunderland, Co. Durham.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 67

Source: CWGC.

Merrony Henry Arthur Merrony Henry Arthur - Observer

Sgt - Service No 1260396

Age: 22


Son of Henry Alfred and Rosina Emily Merrony, of Hornsey, Middlesex.

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Source: CWGC.

Murphy William Morgan Murphy William Morgan - WOP

Sgt - Service No R79506

Age: 21


Son of ,
Husband of (238 Sixteenth, North Vancouver)

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Source: CWGC - photo and info via CANADIAN VIRTUAL WAR MEMORIAL

Coltman John Coltman John - BA

Sgt - Service No 1151281

Age: 24


Son of Howard and Chryssie Coltman, of Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 80

Source: CWGC.

Rathe Donald Stewart - RG

F/S - Service No R104129

Age: 20


Son of Lewis R. and Marguerite D. Rathe.

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