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.

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.

Wellington Mk III BJ660 KO-H, 5 KIA (Captain Sgt. BARKER).
Wellington Mk III X3540 KO-X, 5 KIA (Captain F/S. URWIN).
Wellington Mk III Z1738 KO-M , 5 KIA (Captain P/O. RAWLINGS).

17.40 The remaining 3 aircraft had returned safely to base.

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.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 89

Source: CWGC.

Murphy William MorganMurphy William Morgan Murphy William Morgan - WOP

Sgt - Service No R79506

Age: 21


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

Runnymede Memorial - panel 105

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.

Wellington Z1738 Rathe Donald Stewart - RG

F/S - Service No R104129

Age: 20


Son of Lewis R. and Marguerite D. Rathe.

Runnymede Memorial - panel 106

Source: CWGC - Photo via Canadian virtual war memorial.