29 October 1942|
Wellington Mk III - Z1738 - KO-M
Shot down by a fighter and crashed in the North Sea W of Katwijk, Netherlands.The operation was a failure. These raids were only of nuisance value and losses were always high.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour 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.
ORB. 29th. Oct., 1942.
Six aircraft (3 from "A" Flight & 3 from "B" flight) took off on daylight operations between the hours of 13.49 and 14.00 to attack target ESSEN
2 aircraft were forced to abandon the sortie owing lack of cloud cover and ice accretion and returned to base early after jettisoning their bombs.
One aircraft (A.B.K.338 - Captain Sgt. McCREA) visually bombed a build up area at WESEL from a height of 13,000 feet.
Burst were seen but cloud then obscured vision making it impossible to observe any further results.
3 aircraft failed to return from operations.
17.40 The remaining 3 aircraft had returned safely to base.
F/O - Service No 116058 - DFC
Son of John Robert and Annie Rawlings, of Sunderland, Co. Durham.
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Son of Henry Alfred and Rosina Emily Merrony, of Hornsey, Middlesex.
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Husband of (238 Sixteenth, North Vancouver)
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Son of Howard and Chryssie Coltman, of Loughborough, Leicestershire.
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