No. 214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron
Royal Air Force

CREWS AND LOSSES

   WELLINGTON

 

214 WELLINGTON

 

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Wellington listing SOURCE http://www.bomber-command.info/c214wellloss.htm   SOURCE: picture from model art

 

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'APRIL FOOLS DAY' TRAGEDY
A BLACK DAY FOR 214 SQUADRON

On 1st / 2nd April 1942  214 Squadron lost 7 Wellington Mark I C's

R1789                   X9979                       Z1052                      Z1156                      Z8805                       Z8842                       Z8979

Mission: Take off 20:19 Hrs on Operation 'Lineshoot' to bomb railway yards in Hanau, Lohr.

35 Wellingtons and 14 Hampdens were to carry out attacks on railway targets. 22 aircraft reported that they had carried out this task but 12 Wellingtons and 1 Hampden were lost. 7 of the lost Wellingtons were from 214 Squadron, with a loss of 41 lives and only 1 survivor, Sgt C.H. Davidson in Z1052. As the few surviving aircraft staggered back to base shot to pieces, the eagerly waiting ground crews scanning the skies for their returning aircraft would have been stunned beyond our comprehension to learn the few wrecks comming in was all there would be. That evening there were an incredible 41 empty bunks of friends and crew mates that would never be comming home and 41 dreaded telegrams to mothers and fathers. Sixty years later this tragedy still tears at ones heart. Unknown to many, this very day some of the long time veterans of the squadron had left for Egypt (See Photo album 4 - Exodus from 214 to 215).

Notes from the 214 Squadron ORB

2 April 1942

14 Wellingtons were detailed to attack the railway in the Hannau area - 7 failed to return.

3 aircraft attacked the railway at Hannau

1 aircraft attacked the railway at Aschaffenburg, which was easily identified by the U-shaped bend in the river. Bombs were seen to burst near the railway bridge west of the town.

1 aircraft attacked the railway 3 miles north west of Lohr.

1 aircraft attacked the railway 12 miles east of Aschaffenburg. All bombs were seen to burst in the marshalling yards and tracks were broken. Coaches in the marshalling yards were machine gunned.

1 aircraft attacked the railway at Heidelburg. Bridges and railway were clearly seen. Bombs were seen to burst on the railway track. Debris was thrown up and fell in the river.

1 aircraft attacked a railway bridge at Mainz over the Rhein. The crew are confident that the end of the bridge was destroyed.

1 aircraft returned early having been severely damaged in the Middelkirche area.

1 aircraft attacked Dorsal. The bombs fell on the railway line, 50 yards away from a stationary train.

 

SOURCE: Simon Dawes and Ian Hunt and Doug Eagleton


Wellington (model unknown) C9606

3 May 1943 Air Sea Rescue - no further details known

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) C9606 consisted of :

Plt/Off Hurley, Pilot
Flt/Lt Donald 'Mac' MacGilchrist, 169977, Bomb Aimer, Royal Air Force, Nationality : British

Source : Donald MacGilchrist

Date record last updated : 20 September 2008


Wellington Mark I C DV518 BU-C

Take off was from Sradishall at 19.55 hrs on 1 April 1942.

The target was Hanau and other targets in the region East and South of Frankfurt - low-level attacks on railway targets.

Bombed a railway bridge (11 spans, steel construction, and touching the end of a long thin island) over the River Rhine at Mainz at 23.00 hrs from 12,000(?) ft. Bombs seen to burst on the bridge and crew were sure that it was blown up.

Returned at 03.10 hrs.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C DV518 BU-C consisted of :

Wg/Cdr Cyril George Miles, Pilot, Nationality : United Kingdom
Sgt Terris, Co-pilot

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 28 March 2015


Wellington Mark I C DV768 BU-?

Take off was from Stradishall. The operation was Kiel. Presumed to have crash landed in the sea close to the target. Four bodies were washed ashore and buried locally. Since 1945 they have been re-buried at Kiel War Cemetery. The two bodies not found are named on the Runnymede Memorial.

This was the last Wellington aircraft reported missing from 214 Squadron who were beginning a Stirling Conversion Programme.

Date of loss : 28 April 1942

Crew of Wellington Mark I C DV768 BU-? consisted of :

Sgt Sydney Walter George Avent, 1283173, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 28 April 1942, Aged 21
Sgt Allan John Hyde, 1375119, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 28 April 1942, Aged 21
Sgt Gordon Kenneth Moyle Newman, 118418, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, Aged 19
Sgt G T Owen, 1007568, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom
Sgt Harold Frank Vernon Wheway, 925047, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 28 April 1942, Aged 22
Sgt Fernley Thomas Williams, 1201671, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 28 April 1942, Aged 30

Source : Chorley

Date record last updated : 28 March 2015


Wellington Mark I C HF856 BU-?

On the 10 April 1942 at 22.50 hrs, Wellington Mark 1c Bomber No. HF856 left Stradishall Royal Air Force base destined for the German city of Essen in the heavily defended industrial Ruhr Valley. Intelligence had predicted clear weather over the whole bombing run and as with the 3 previous night sorties that week, the planes of his 214 Squadron should return in the early hours of the next morning. The weather forecast had not been correct however and once over Germany the formations broke up in the heavy cloud and encountered concentrated and accurate anti-aircraft fire.

HF856 crashed at Gelsenkirschen-Hullen where the crew were originally buried. All are now buried in the Reichswald Forest Memorial Site in Germany.

NOTE: Records indicate Wellington lost as HF856, Research by Alan Butterworth indicates HB856.

Date of loss : 10 April 1942

Crew of Wellington Mark I C HF856 BU-? consisted of :

Sgt Fred Bonser, 992516, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 11 April 1942, Aged 23
Cpt Harold MacRae Butterworth, 179138, Royal Artillery, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 11 April 1942, Aged 20
Plt/Off James Walter Murray, 10443, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 11 April 1942
FS Harry Alyn Neal, R/67970, Co-pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : American, KIA 11 April 1942, Aged 26
Sgt Cyril Walter Penny, 925051, Navigator, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 11 April 1942, Aged 22
Sgt David Smith, 1308039, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 11 April 1942

Source : Alan Butterworth and CWGC and Ian Hunt and Chorley

Date record last updated : 28 March 2015


Wellington Mark I L4215

The picture of Wellington L4215, surrounded by crew signatures above was presented to Wing Commander Nuttall, the CO of 214 Squadron when he was due to leave in August 1940. However he had to stay for another month until his replacement could take over. So, when it was finally presented to him in September 1940, the picture had the signatures of the crew of Wellington T2559 who were all killed on 30 August 1940.

See picture in Photo Album 4.

Date record last updated : 31 December 2014


Wellington Mark I L4269

November 17 1939

Colin was piloting Wellington L4269 when it struck a tree stump on take-off, damaging the undercarriage. He re-landed on the flare-path with one wheel up and one down. The aircraft was repaired by the manufacturer. That the aircraft was repairable suggests that Colin exhibited some skill in landing the aircraft safely.

Crew of Wellington Mark I L4269 consisted of :

Sqn/Ldr Colin Leslie Gilbert, 39458, Royal Australian Air Force, Nationality : Australian, KIA 7 May 1942, Aged 24


Source : Noel Baker

Date record last updated : 28 September 2013


Wellington Mark I L4345

The crew of L4345 comprised of :

P/O J Lingwood (KIA)
AC1 A Matthews (KIA)

Flight lost on 6 November 1939.

SOURCE: Nightjar Newsletter Winter / Spring 2006


Wellington Mark I L4365

January 12 1940

Colin flew Wellington L4365 to an airfield near Porthcawl, once known as RAF Stormy Down, to ascertain if it would be suitable as a rearward aerodrome, presumably in the event of invasion.

Crew of Wellington Mark I L4365 consisted of :

Sqn/Ldr Colin Leslie Gilbert, 39458, Royal Australian Air Force, Nationality : Australian, KIA 7 May 1942, Aged 24


Source : Noel Baker

Date record last updated : 28 September 2013


Wellington Mark I C L7840 BU-?

This Wellington had been built by Vickers Armstrong at Chester and was fitted with Pegasus XVIII engines. It was part of contract 992424/39 and had been delivered to 22MU on 21 May 1940, before being transferred to 214 Squadron on 10 September 1940.
Wellington L7840 of 214 Squadron Reserve Flight attached to 150 Squadron reserve flight.
On 11th October 1940 L7840 was taking off from Stradishall at 14.45hrs on a training session on the SSE-NNW runway when it swerved to starboard and crashed in flames and out of control into the SE corner of of No 1 hanger. Four crew were killed and 2 were seriously injured.

Date of loss : 11 October 1940

Crew of Wellington Mark I C L7840 BU-? consisted of :

Sgt D J Capel
Sgt Richard Samuel Eastment, 524673, Observer, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 11 October 1940, Aged 31
Sgt Clifford A Hellewell, 935937, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 11 October 1940, Aged 20
Sgt George William Hunt, 39922, Co-pilot, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 11 October 1940, Aged 22
Sgt C D Pownie
Fg/Off Charles William A Haughton Rafter, 41203, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 11 October 1940, Aged 22

Source : Bill Stubbs and Jonathan Shipley and Chorley

Date record last updated : 7 August 2010


Wellington Mark I C L7843 BU-?

Operation to Mannheim. Took off 21:50 from Stradishall. Last heard on w/t at 04:33 sending distress signals. Both pilots are buried in the Hverlee War Cemetry and Sgt Sambrook, his date of death being shown as 30 September 1940, rests in the Belgrade Cemetery at Namur, Belgium. Sgt Williams and Sgt Thompson were taken as POWs. The fate of Sgt Peck is unknown.

Date of loss : 28 September 1940

Crew of Wellington Mark I C L7843 BU-? consisted of :

Sgt John Robert Hall, 740620, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 28 September 1940
Sgt A C Peck
Plt/Off John Rea, 42647, Pilot, Royal Air Force, KIA 28 September 1940
Sgt Harry Edward Sambrook
Sgt K S Thompson
Sgt T F Williams

Source : Andrew Lemon and Nightjar Newsletter Winter / Spring 2006 and CWGC and Chorley

Date record last updated : 27 September 2015


Wellington (model unknown) L7847

Wellington (model unknown) L7847 (11 & 12 August 1940)

Raid on Castrop-Rauxel - oil refinery 11 August 1940
Raid on Fredeburg - razzling 12 August 1940

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) L7847 (11 & 12 August 1940) consisted of :

Flt/Lt Norman Maxwell Boffee DFC, Pilot
Flt/Lt Philip Richard Steuart Filleul, 33383, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 13 September 1944, Aged 26
Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Wellington (model unknown) L7847 (15 Aug, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, 24 Aug, 5 Sep 1940)

Raids as follows:
15 August 1940 - Gelsenkirchen
17 August 1940 - Groitsch near Leipzig
19 August 1940 - Kiel canal - battleship Gneisenau
24 August 1940 - Knapsack near Cologne
5 September 1940 - Harzgeburge


Crew of Wellington (model unknown) L7847 (15 Aug, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, 24 Aug, 5 Sep 1940) consisted of :

Flt/Lt Norman Maxwell Boffee DFC, Pilot
Flt/Lt Aubrey Edward Henderson Cattle, 117960, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 13 May 1944
Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Wellington (model unknown) L7847 (8 Sep 1940)

Raid on barges at Boulougne

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) L7847 (8 Sep 1940) consisted of :

Flt/Lt Aubrey Edward Henderson Cattle, Pilot
Flt/Lt Maurice Walter Hartford DFC, Pilot, Royal Air Force
Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Wellington (model unknown) L7847 (10 Sep - 16 Oct 1940)

Raids on:
10 September 1940 Antwerp Aerodrome
12 September 1940 Osnabruck - marshalling yards
17 September 1940 Ostend
25 September 1940 Calais docks and harbour
28 September 1940 Sweeping - search
7 October 1940 Berlin - Siemens Electrical works
12 October 1940 Buterfield - changed to Hanover
16 October 1940 Kiel - battleships Scharnhost and Lutzow

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) L7847 (10 Sep - 16 Oct 1940) consisted of :

Sgt Alan M Brown, Pilot
Flt/Lt Aubrey Edward Henderson Cattle, Pilot
Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Wellington Mark I C L7849

The take off was at 16:06hrs from Stradishall on an operation to Le Havre. Upon return the aircraft crashed at 02:30hrs into the sea off Winterton Norfolk. A local Coast Guard vessel managed to rescue three of the crew, but the remainder drowned. The bomber's wireless was un-serviceable at the time of the crash.

Date of loss : 28 December 1940

Crew of Wellington Mark I C L7849 consisted of :

Sgt Alleway
Sgt Albert William Hodgson, 636770, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 28 December 1940, Aged 20
Sgt John Francis Huxtable, 901860, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 28 December 1940, Aged 24
Sgt Edward Bertram Douglas Jenkins, 748696, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 28 December 1940
Plt/Off J A Temperley
Sgt Vaughan-Davies


Source : Nightjar Newsletter Winter / Spring 2006 and Chorley

Date record last updated : 10 January 2016


Wellington L7859 BU-C

Wellington (model unknown) L7859 (29 November 1940) BU-C

Wellington (model unknown) L7859 (29 November 1940) BU-C

Target was Cologne West Bank industrial port . No results seen due to cloud cover.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) L7859 (29 November 1940) BU-C consisted of :

Sqn/Ldr D F Balsdon, Pilot
Plt/Off Lodge, Co-pilot

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 19 April 2009


Wellington Mark I N2529

January 10 1940

Colin fetched Wellington N2529, a new Mk 1A, from Weybridge.

Crew of Wellington Mark I N2529 consisted of :

Sqn/Ldr Colin Leslie Gilbert, 39458, Royal Australian Air Force, Nationality : Australian, KIA 7 May 1942, Aged 24


Source : Noel Baker

Date record last updated : 28 September 2013


Wellington Mark I C N2746 BU-M


Wellington Mark I C N2746 (29 November 1940) BU-M

Target was Cologne West Bank industrial port No results seen due to cloud cover.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C N2746 (29 November 1940) BU-M consisted of :

Fg/Off E Dawes, Pilot
Fg/Off Maclean, Co-pilot

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 7 April 2009

Wellington Mark I C N2746 (13 March 1941) BU-M

On 13 March 1941 the crew took off at 2000 from their base Stradishall, Suffolk in Wellington IC N2746 BU-M. Their target was Hamburg .

They were on the way to their target, flying over the Dutch province of Groningen, when they were intercepted around 23.00 by a German night fighter, piloted by oberfeldwebel Paul Gildner. Gildner had been successful only twenty minutes prior, when he shot down a Blenheim of 110 squadron (with crew Flt/Lt Dickinson DFC, Sgt Charles William Fry and Sgt Robert Mower) which crashed west of Groningen, near Tolbert.

Shortly after shooting down the Blenheim he engaged the Wellington flown by Sgt Elder and his crew over the town of Jispinghuizen. Machinegun fire was heard among the roaring engines of the planes. The Wellington was hit and started to burn. Soon after the Wellington crashed on the eastside of the main road running from Vlagtwedde to Ter Apel.

Only the nose turret gunner, Sgt Douglas Wilmott Waters, managed to bail out of the burning plane. He was taken prisoner.

The rest of the crew was buried at the Esserveld cemetery in Groningen, where they were laid to rest together with the Blenheim crew that was shot down only minutes earlier.

A picture of the German fighter pilot (Ofw. Gildner) and his wireless operator, inspecting the wreck of Elder's Wellington which has been located by Stevin Oudshoorn (see below).



Date of loss : 13 March 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark I C N2746 (13 March 1941) BU-M consisted of :

Sgt Victor Lawrence Bagley, 754080, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 13 March 1941, Aged 21
Sgt George Cedric Daniel, 618264, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : British, KIA 13 March 1941
Sgt Alexander Graeme Elder, 754780, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : British, KIA 13 March 1941, Aged 19
Sgt Sol Glazer, 40621, Navigator / Observer, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 13 March 1941, Aged 29
Sgt John La Bassee Tomkinson, 701366, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 13 March 1941, Aged 22
Sgt Douglas Wilmott Waters, Nose Gunner, POW 13 March 1941

Source : Stevin Oudshoorn (Nachtjagdarchiv Horst Diener, via Ab Jansen in Wespennest Leeuwarden, vol. I, pg 116) and Chorley and www.basher82.nl

Date record last updated : 22 June 2014


Wellington (model unknown) N2776 BU-G

Wellington (model unknown) N2776 BU-G


Crew (left to right) Ted Hargest, Sgt Evans, Maurice Hartford, George Steven, John Potter and Jack Wetherly (leaning on ladder). September 1940.

Several of this aircrew's early operations formed Bomber Command's contribution to the Battle of Britain: their attacks were on the German invasion barges gathering in the Channel ports.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2776 BU-G consisted of :

Sgt Evans, Rear Gunner
Sgt Clayton Edward 'Ted' Hargest DFM, Wireless Operator
Flt/Lt Maurice Walter Hartford DFC, Pilot, Royal Air Force
Sgt John Frederick Potter DFC, Navigator
Sgt George Steven, Air Gunner
Flt/Lt Jack Harold 'Shorty' Wetherly DFC MiD, 82716, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 30 March 1943, Aged 28

Source : Christopher Jary, Author - Portrait Of A Bomber Pilot.

Date record last updated : 19 April 2009

Wellington (model unknown) N2776 (pre September 1940) BU-G


From left to right: John Potter, Sgt Evans, Ted Hargest, George Steven, Maurice Hartford and Fg/Off John Beck (in front sitting)

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2776 (pre September 1940) BU-G consisted of :

Wg/Cdr John Leighton Beck DFC & Bar MiD, Pilot
Sgt Evans, Rear Gunner
Sgt Clayton Edward 'Ted' Hargest DFM, Wireless Operator
Plt/Off Maurice Walter Hartford DFC, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force
Sgt John Frederick Potter DFC, Navigator
Sgt George Steven, Air Gunner


Source : George Coates (grandson of WC J L Beck) and Christopher Jary, Author - Portrait Of A Bomber Pilot

Date record last updated : 19 April 2009

Wellington (model unknown) N2776 (21 December 1940) BU-G

Target : Porto Maghera, Venice. Op duration 18.53 to 04.53.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2776 (21 December 1940) BU-G consisted of :

Flt/Lt Frank Leslie Herbert Eddison DFC, 39377, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 30
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Co-pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt


Wellington (model unknown) N2778 BU-R

Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (29 November 1940) BU-R

Target was the West bank industrial port Cologne. No results seen due to cloud cover.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (29 November 1940) BU-R consisted of :

Flt/Lt Frank Leslie Herbert Eddison DFC, 39377, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 30
Fg/Off O'Connor, Pilot


Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 3 October 2010


Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (19 December 1940) BU-R

Target : Boulogne. Unable to locate target due to cloud cover. Brought bombs back and landed Debden. (Op duration 23.18 to 04.55?)

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (19 December 1940) BU-R consisted of :

Sgt William Herbert Browell, 754853, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 25
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 3 October 2010


Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (01 January 1941) BU-R

Target : Bremen. Op duration 18.12 to 23.40.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (01 January 1941) BU-R consisted of :

Sgt William Herbert Browell, 754853, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 25
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 3 October 2010


Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (29 January 1941) BU-R

Target : Wilhelmshaven (The 'Tirpitz'). Hit close to aiming point and caused 15 small fires and 2 explosions. Fires still visible 40 miles from target. Landed ok at base although cloud base only 150 ft. Op duration 02.52 to 08.17.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (29 January 1941) BU-R consisted of :

Sgt William Herbert Browell, 754853, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 25
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 3 October 2010

Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (10 February 1941) BU-R

Target : Hanover. Bombed at 23.00. Fires visible from 20 miles away on return. Op duration 20.53 to (03.--?)

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (10 February 1941) BU-R consisted of :

Plt/Off Gilbert, Co-pilot
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 3 October 2010


Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (14 February 1941) BU-R

Target : Gelsenkirchen (Nordstern Oil Refinery). Unable to locate target so bombed factories on eastern outskirts of Essen at 21.00 from 10,000 ft instead. One large explosion seen after the bombs had burst. Op duration 18.55 to 23.31.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (14 February 1941) BU-R consisted of :

Plt/Off Gilbert, Co-pilot
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 3 October 2010


Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (22 February 1941) BU-R

Target : Brest ('Hipper' Class Cruiser). Returned with bombs. Landed Hatfield. Op duration 02.36 to 09.00.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (22 February 1941) BU-R consisted of :

Wg/Cdr Loughnan, Co-pilot
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 3 October 2010


Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (25 February 1941) BU-R

Target : Düsseldorf. Bombed on ETA as 10/10 cloud. Large red glow seen after bombing. Op duration 18.51 to 23.43.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2778 (25 February 1941) BU-R consisted of :

Sgt William Herbert Browell, 754853, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 25
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 3 October 2010


Wellington (model unknown) N2800 BU-P

Wellington (model unknown) N2800 (3 January 1941)

Raid on Bremen - Blitz

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2800 (3 January 1941) consisted of :

Flt/Lt Beck
Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom
Sqn/Ldr A H 'Pug' or 'Sniffer' Smythe, Pilot

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Wellington (model unknown) N2800 (9 January 1941)

Raid on Gelsenkirchen - Blitz

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2800 (9 January 1941) consisted of :

Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom
Sqn/Ldr A H 'Pug' or 'Sniffer' Smythe, Pilot
Plt/Off J A Temperley

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Wellington (model unknown) N2800 (15 January 1941)

Raid on Wilhelmshaven - Blitz

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2800 (15 January 1941) consisted of :

Plt/Off Harold Johnstone Paterson DFC, 83712 / 745714 / 742714, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, POW 20 April 1941
Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom
Sqn/Ldr A H 'Pug' or 'Sniffer' Smythe, Pilot

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Wellington (model unknown) N2800 (22 January, 4 February and 10 February 1941

Raid on:
22 January 1941 Dusseldorf
4 February 1941 Brest - Cruiser hit
10 February 1941 Hanover

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2800 (22 January, 4 February and 10 February 1941 consisted of :

Flt/Lt Sidney Dobson 'Tich' Meadowcroft, 102104, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 2 June 1944, Aged 26
Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom
Sqn/Ldr A H 'Pug' or 'Sniffer' Smythe, Pilot

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011

Wellington (model unknown) N2800 (11 June 1941) BU-P

Target : Düsseldorf. Bombed from 14,500 ft between "PQWP" [- typo for 01.20 ?] and 01.40. No results seen except flashes due to haze. Op duration 23.30 to 03.45.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2800 (11 June 1941) BU-P consisted of :

Sgt Nicholls, Co-pilot
Flt/Lt Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 3 October 2010


Wellington (model unknown) N2802 BU-A

In mid November 1940 Jack Wetherly took over as Captain of a new crew from OTU. Together this crew flew ten or so operations during the bitingly cold winter of 1940 / 1941.
Sometimes Pockney was replaced by the most senior gunner on the squadron, Flight Lieutenant Culley.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2802 BU-A consisted of :

Sgt Hubert William John Barr, 759105, Wireless Operator, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 12 May 1941
Plt/Off Ian Douglas Napier Lawson CB, CBE, DFC & Bar, AE, 86354, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom
Sgt Albert Livesey, 970744, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 12 May 1941, Aged 19
Plt/Off Ewart Duncan Pockney, 76925, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 19 August 1941, Aged 35
Sgt Nigel Firth Walker DFC DSO, Navigator, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom
Flt/Lt Jack Harold 'Shorty' Wetherly DFC MiD, 82716, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 30 March 1943, Aged 28

Source : Christopher Jary, Author - Portrait Of A Bomber Pilot and Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 19 April 2009


Wellington N2855 BU-N

Flight extracted from the log of Gordon Venner from 18/08/1941 to 18/02/1942
SOURCE Liam Venner


Wellington Mark I N2993 BU-?

Crashed near Ely, UK after the pilot was blinded by the glare of searchlights whilst on a training fligh.t

Date of loss : 6 June 1940

Crew of Wellington Mark I N2993 BU-? consisted of :

Fg/Off John Freeman Nicholson, 70501, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 6 June 1940, Aged 22
Sgt Augustine Daniel Flurence O'Driscoll, 580123, Observer, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 6 June 1940, Aged 30
LAC Maurice Pelling, 749447, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 6 June 1940
Sgt Bernard Raper, 548176, Wireless Operator, Royal Air Force, KIA 6 June 1940
Sgt Ernest Albert Revell, 514831, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 6 June 1940

Source : Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2006 and Chorley and Jock Whitehouse

Date record last updated : 8 August 2011


Wellington (model unknown) N2994

Wellington (model unknown) N2994 (5 August 1940)

The raid was on Hamm - marshalling yards.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) N2994 (5 August 1940) consisted of :

Flt/Lt Norman Maxwell Boffee DFC, Pilot
Flt/Lt Philip Richard Steuart Filleul, 33383, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 13 September 1944, Aged 26
Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Wellington (model unknown) P9267

Robert M Nelson may possibly be part of this crew

Date of loss : 4 April 1940

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) P9267 consisted of :

Plt/Off John Denton Hargreaves, 77035, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 4 April 1940, Aged 20
Fg/Off Herome Alexander Innes DFC, 40227, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 4 April 1940, Aged 27

Source : Jock Whitehouse & Traces of WW2 website

Date record last updated : 8 August 2011


Wellington (model unknown) R1046

Wellington (model unknown) R1046 (5 November and 7 November 1940)


Raids to:
5
November 1940 Emden
7 November 1940 Essen - Krupps works

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) R1046 (5 November and 7 November 1940) consisted of :

Sgt Alan M Brown, Pilot
Flt/Lt Aubrey Edward Henderson Cattle, Pilot
Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Wellington Mark I C R1226 BU-L

 

This Wellington was built by Vickers Armstrong at Chester as part of contract 992424/39. It was fitted with Pegasus XVIII engines. It was delivered to 23 MU on 23 October 1940 and had been transferred to 214 Squadron on 16 November 1940.

On 9 May 1941 Wellington R1226 crashed at Breezand, Anna Paulowna (Province of North Holland) The aircraft came down in the fields of the Homan company, tulipbreeders. The aircraft crashed at 02:48 hrs (local time). It was shot down by a German nightfighter of Oblt. Zur Lippe und Uffz. Renette. All crew were buried in one grave at Den Helder, Huisduinen cemetery. After the war the crew was reinterred at Bergen op Zoom grave no. 32 C.2

Target was: Hamburg/Bremen/Kiel/Emden/Berlin

Date of loss : 9 May 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R1226 BU-L consisted of :

Sqn/Ldr Frank Leslie Herbert Eddison DFC, 39377, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 30
Sgt John Holt, 749319, Navigator / Observer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941
Plt/Off Norman Mervyn Kebbell Kirckaldie, 401315, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 23
Sgt Cyril Paton, 904673, Front Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 22
Sgt Kennedy Tait, 974125, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 20
Sgt Arnot Flaws Wilson, 935907, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 19

Source : Jonathan Shipley and Aled Leyshon (grandson of Mervyn Leyshon)

Date record last updated : 4 October 2009


Wellington (model unknown) R1246

This aircraft collided with a barrage balloon over France on 7 December 1940 whilst flying between R.A.F Stradishall and 70 Sqdn based in the Middle East.

The RAF Historical branch seem to think there were six crewmen on board.

Can anyone else help with further information please?

Contact us at XXXraf214squadron@yahoo.com (remember to remove the XXX before sending email).

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) R1246 consisted of :

WO Ronald Ayre, 114211, POW 9 December 1940
WO/I John Frederick Coombs, NZ 401201, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand
WO Frederick James William Steele, 561898, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 19 April 1945, Aged 33, POW 7 December 1940
Flt/Lt Peter Fowler Walker, 85280, Royal Air Force

Source : Andy Buckley

Date record last updated : 28 December 2010


Wellington Mark I C R1341

On 14 July 1941 R1613, R1614, R1341 and T2913 took off from Stradishall at 23:15hrs on a mission to Bremen.

Of the four aircraft sent by 214 Squadron this night, two returned to base which ultimately saved them from the disaster that lay ahead. R1341 piloted by Plt/Off Guild returned claiming bad weather and icing conditions and the aircraft would not climb.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R1341 consisted of :

Plt/Off Guild, Pilot

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 9 January 2017


Wellington Mark I C R1380

 

The crew of R1380 coded BU-?

 

Sgt R A Williams

Sgt K Manson RNZAF

Sgt R A Chatfield

Sgt R C Plummer

Sgt H R Easton RCAF and

Sgt C H R Mercer

(- all killed).

 

08/04/1941 - 07/08/1941.  214 Sqn.  Wellington 1c. "Took off Stradishall on operations to Kiel.  Lost without trace.  All are  commemmorated on the Runnymede Memorial".

 


Wellington Mark I C R1447 BU-?

On the night of 9/10 May 1941 146 bombers (69 Wellingtons, 42 Whitleys, 24 Hampdens and 11 Manchesters) of Bomber Command conducted a successful attack on the twinned cities of Mannheim and Ludwigshafen. Heavy damage was inflicted on twenty two factories and eleven wagons that were full of industrial fuels. The wagons were burned out entirely. Two bombers - a Wellington (214 Squadron) and a Whitley - were lost.
Wellington Mark I C R1447 flew out of Stradishall at 22:26hrs. It was shot down by a German night hunter whereupon the aircraft, which was close to Woensdrecht, crashed down. All six crew members were taken as Prisoners of War.

Date of loss : 9 May 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R1447 BU-? consisted of :

Sgt H Barnes, POW 9 May 1941
Sgt J R Fry, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, POW 9 May 1941
Sgt H E Y Gillies, POW 9 May 1941
Fg/Off Marcus M Marsh, POW 9 May 1941
Sgt B L Tillotson, POW 9 May 1941
Plt/Off I K Woodroffe, POW 9 May 1941

Source : Chorley and "Footprints on the sands of time" by Oliver Clutton-Brock and Wim de Meester of The Netherlands

Date record last updated : 30 July 2011


Wellington Mark I C  R1462 BU-?

 

Delivered by Vickers (Chester) between August 1940 and May 1941. Tropicalised to FE Standard. Airborne from Stradishall.
Wellington R1462 missing from operations to Hamburg on 12 May 1941. Plt/Off Toplis took over his crew from P/O Jack Wetherly who had completed his tour in March 1941, Two usual members of the crew, Sergeant Nigel Walker navigator, and gunner Plt/Off Duncan Pockney were not with them at this time: Walker was on leave prior to being commissioned. Ian Hunt reports that Sgt P.R.K. Burley was on board this flight, not Plt/Off Ian Lawson as the second pilot.

Andrew and Gavin Lindsay, two brothers have been researching the career of their relative, Sgt Thomas Webley James (air-gunner) lost from Stradishall on 11 May 1941 when Wellington R1462 was brought down near Hamburg.
On exhausting all of the available records, the boys, together with Bill Livesey, the nephew of another crew member, decided to try and contact any local people who had either witnessed, or who remembered the crash.
Their efforts were not only successful, but when, after visiting the Hamburg War Cemetery - an extremely emotional experience in itself, they finally visited the small rural community they were treated with great kindness sympathy and understanding and learned much of the events of that sad day, not least the great respect shown by the people when removing bodies of the crew.
From photographs taken at the time it seems that the aircraft, flying low and probably damaged, ploughed through two lines of tall trees bordering a small road, and with the wings tom off, the fuselage continued on into a field disintegrating as it went. There was no fire (fuel still in wing tanks), and bombs were scattered around, but sadly, there was nothing that could be done for the crew.
With their work virtually complete, both the boys and Bill hope to produce their versions of the story, telling not only of the operational side which is well documented, but more importantly the human effect of just one crash on folk from both sides.

Date of loss : 12 May 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R1462 BU-? consisted of :

Sgt Hubert William John Barr, 759105, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 12 May 1941
Sgt Peter Richard Keith Burley, 1152213, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 12 May 1941, Aged 20
Sgt Arnold Walker Gibson, 749389, Navigator, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 12 May 1941, Aged 26
Sgt Thomas Webley James, 541997, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 12 May 1941, Aged 24
Sgt Albert Livesey, 970744, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 12 May 1941, Aged 19
Plt/Off John Grahame Toplis, 61483, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 12 May 1941, Aged 20

Source : Christopher Jary, Author - Portrait Of A Bomber Pilot and Ian Hunt and Nightjar Newsletter August 2014

Date record last updated : 25 January 2015


Wellington Mark I C R1604 BU-?

Take off from Stradishall. Operation to Mannheim. Aircraft crashed at 23:00 hrs in the vicinity of Vlissingen (Zeeland) Holland, where the crew are buried. During 1972 the Royal Netherland Air Force excavated wreckage from this bomber, after which it was suggested that the crash may have been caused by a lightning strike.

Date of loss : 29 August 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R1604 BU-? consisted of :

Sgt Edward Wilson Foxlee, R/58084, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 29 August 1941, Aged 20
Sgt Ernest Halestrap, 948309, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 29 August 1941, Aged 26
Sgt John Edward Jerrard, 961532, Observer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 29 August 1941, Aged 23
Sgt Gerald Klusky, 915976, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 29 August 1941
Sgt Kenneth Morris, 985066, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 29 August 1941, Aged 19
Sgt John Henry Williamson, 1057437, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 29 August 1941, Aged 23

Source : Chorley

Date record last updated : 5 January 2014

Wellington Mark I C R1609

Operation to Emden
Took off at 23:59 from Stradishall. Lost without trace. All are commemorated on the RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL. Sgt Cotton had survived a crash-landing earlier in the month (June 1941) on return from Berlin.

Date of loss : 24 June 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R1609 consisted of :

Sgt Kenneth Judson Barton, R/64730, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 24 June 1941
Sgt John Charles Eric Black, 955681, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 24 June 1941, Aged 23
Sgt Godfrey Allenby Douglas Cotton, 945560, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 24 June 1941, Aged 23
Plt/Off John Dodds-Forrest, 62022, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 25 June 1941, Aged 27
Sgt George Thomas Hunt, 944629, Observer / Bomb Aimer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 24 June 1941, Aged 21
Sgt Godfrey Tegid Jones, 947989, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 25 June 1941, Aged 23

Source : Mrs June Batley and Mrs Jeni Cook (both relatives of Sgt Hunt) Mrs Nadia Turrell (Sister of Sgt Hunt) and Chorley

Date record last updated : 12 October 2011


Wellington Mark II R1613 BU-G

 

Drawing by Marshall Johnson in 1942
 

   Plt/Off Gordon Crampton                  Plt/Off John Charles Jenkins

     
 

     Sgt R Kent                          Flt/Lt Marshall Angus Johnson

                                     
 

        FS H E Jones                   FS R Instone                  

                             

The above insignia were hand drawn in Marshall Johnson's diary


On 14 July 1941 R1613, R1614, R1341 and T2913 took off from Stradishall at 23:15hrs on a mission to Bremen.

Of the four aircraft sent by 214 Squadron this night, two returned to base which ultimately saved them from the disaster that lay ahead. R1341 piloted by Plt/Off Guild returned claiming bad weather and icing conditions and the aircraft would not climb. T2913 piloted by Sgt Gwilliam returned claiming engine trouble. The remaining two R1613 piloted by Plt/Off Crampton was shot down by a night fighter and R1614 piloted by Plt/Off Brown continued on to the target but never returned.

While at 10,000 feet over the city of Bremen in Germany R1613 was attacked by a german fighter aircraft who came from above and to the side. According to pilot Crampton, Marsh who was rear gunner at the time, calmly announced over the intercom, as if he were talking about the weather, "down the phones, we are under attack" and promptly sent up a hail of gun fire to meet his attacker. The German fighter raked the forward section of BU-G killing their second pilot Jenkins and the aircraft immediately exploded in flames. The rest of the crew managed to bale out safely with only minor injuries but Sgt Kent's chute caught and tangled on the tail of the flaming aircraft and he was pulled down with it to his death. All of the surviving members were captured by the germans, two of whom were sent to a german hospital and the rest off to prison camp where they spent the rest of the war.

Chorley reports that R1613 was shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Brookstreek in the vicinity of Quakenbruck in Germany. It is believed that Brookstreek may be a corruption of Brokstrasse,as no such locality as Brookstreek has ever been found. Pilot Officer Jenkins died and the rest of the crew were taken as Prisoners of War.

Date of loss : 15 July 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark II R1613 BU-G consisted of :

Plt/Off Gordon Crampton, Pilot, Nationality : British, POW 14 July 1941
FS R Instone, Air Gunner, Nationality : British, POW 14 July 1941
Plt/Off John Charles Jenkins, 64315, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : British, KIA 15 July 1941, Aged 20
Flt/Lt Marshall Angus Johnson, R68074, Rear Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, POW 14 July 1941
FS H E Jones, Waist Gunner, Nationality : British, POW 14 July 1941
Sgt R Kent, Nationality : British, POW 14 July 1941

Source : Chorley and P/O Crampton

Date record last updated : 9 January 2017
 


Wellington Mark I C R1614 BU-H

On 14 July 1941 R1613, R1614, R1341 and T2913 took off from Stradishall at 23:15hrs on a mission to Bremen.

Of the four aircraft sent by 214 Squadron this night, two returned to base which ultimately saved them from the disaster that lay ahead. R1341 piloted by Plt/Off Guild returned claiming bad weather and icing conditions and the aircraft would not climb. T2913 piloted by Sgt Gwilliam returned claiming engine trouble. The remaining two R1613 piloted by Plt/Off Crampton was shot down by a night fighter and R1614 piloted by Plt/Off Brown continued on to the target but never returned.

Presumed lost over the North Sea. Plt/Off Brown is buried in Holland at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, but the bodies of FS Lewis and Sgt Hull were washed onto English beaches. The rest are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Date of loss : 14 July 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R1614 BU-H consisted of :

Plt/Off Victor Kingsley Brown, 60071, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 14 July 1941, Aged 25
Sgt Maxwell Ritchie Collins, R/74592, Royal Canadian Air Force, KIA 14 July 1941, Aged 35
Sgt Joseph Shield Else, 755881, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 14 July 1941, Aged 20
Sgt Ronald Douglas Hull DFC, 912001, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 14 July 1941, Aged 19
FS William George Lewis, 967100, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, KIA 14 July 1941
Sgt Jack Taylor, 759305, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 14 July 1941, Aged 25

Source : Chorley

Date record last updated : 9 January 2017


Wellington (model unknown) R1621 BU-G

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) R1621 BU-G consisted of :

Fg/Off William Gordon Venner, J88353 & R/54229, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian
Plt/Off Woods, Pilot

Source : Colin Burningham

Date record last updated : 16 June 2010


Wellington Mark I C R1717 BU-Z?

Took off from Stradishall on a mission to Frankfurt. Presumed crashed in the sea off the French coast.

Date of loss : 3 September 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R1717 BU-Z? consisted of :

Sgt Lionel Black, 948150, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 3 September 1941, Aged 21
Sgt Jesse Clemence Brakeman, R/68117, Air Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 3 September 1941, Aged 21
Sgt Clifford Hambleton, 955336, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 3 September 1941, Aged 26
Flt/Lt Reginald Hubert May, 60822, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 3 September 1941, Aged 28
FS James Patrick McKay, R/58824, Navigator, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 3 September 1941, Aged 26
Sgt Leslie Whitehouse Price, 981412, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 3 September 1941, Aged 21

Source : Captain Glen McKay Retd (Canadian Armed Forces), (nephew of FS James Patrick McKay) and CWGC and Chorley

Date record last updated : 29 December 2010


Wellington Mark I C R1759 BU-L

Flight extracted from the log of Gordon Venner on 31 August 1942.

On 15 January 1942 this aircraft took off from Stradishall at 17:40 hrs for ops to Hamburg. For some reason the aircraft drifted too far north on it's return and it was presumed to have crashed into the North Sea off Whitby, Yorkshire, killing all on board.

Two bodies were recovered, one was buried at Thornaby on Tees Cemetery after being washed ashore near Redcar. The other was buried at Driffield after being washed ashore at Cloughton Wyke near Scarborough. The rest of the crew have no known grave.

See www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk

Date of loss : 15 January 1942

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R1759 BU-L consisted of :

FS William John Elder, R/65845, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 15 January 1942, Aged 20
FS Edward Everett Hale, R/58480, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 15 January 1942, Aged 25
Sgt Arthur Lionel Lax, 741541, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 15 January 1942, Aged 25
Sgt Joseph Barnby Myers, 947280, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 15 January 1942, Aged 27
Sgt George James Peck, R/77370, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : American, KIA 15 January 1942, Aged 22
Plt/Off Henry Joseph Woodrow, 403487, Navigator, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 15 January 1942, Aged 27

Source : Liam Venner and Richard Allenby and Chorley

Date record last updated : 29 December 2009


Wellington Mark I C R1784 BU-?

Took off from Stradishall on an operation to Berlin. They are all buried in Berlin at the 1939-1945 War Cemetery.

Date of loss : 8 September 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R1784 BU-? consisted of :

Sgt Leonard Tyne Chapman, 929858, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 8 September 1941, Aged 27
Wg/Cdr Grahame Lawrence Cruickshanks DFC, 34191, Pilot, Royal Air Force, KIA 8 September 1941
Sqn/Ldr William Davies, 74467, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 8 September 1941, Aged 42
Fg/Off William Esplen, 82979, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 8 September 1941, Aged 33
Flt/Lt Keith James Falconer DFC, 84730, Observer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 8 September 1941, Aged 33
Sgt Arthur Norman Page, 1376222, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 8 September 1941, Aged 26

Source : Simon Esplen (Grandson of William Esplen) and Chorley

Date record last updated : 30 October 2010


Wellington Mark I C R1789 BU-?


From L-R Tibbatts, Dunn, ?, Burtwell, Wood,? Sgt Downs is on the far right of the photo.

Flight was lost as part of the April Fool's tragedy on 1 April 1942. See note at top of page.

Mission: Take off 20:19hrs from Stradishall on Operation 'Lineshoot' to bomb railway yards in Hanau, Lohr.
(35 Wellingtons and 14 Hampdens were to carry out attacks on railway targets. 22 aircraft reported that they had carried out this task but 12 Wellingtons and 1 Hampden were lost. Seven of the lost Wellingtons were from 214 Squadron, with a loss of 41 lives, and only 1 survivor.)


Crashed at Maxdorf, 10km WNW of Ludwigshafen. All are buried in Durnbach War Cemetery.

Date of loss : 2 April 1942

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R1789 BU-? consisted of :

Sgt Sydney Burtwell DFM, 1172870, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 2 April 1942
Sgt Henry Downs, 616823, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, KIA 2 April 1942
Sgt John Clifford Dunn, 1310826, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 26
Sgt Arthur Edwin Rees, 934390, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 2 April 1942
Sgt Kenneth Horace Tibbatts, 1256777, Navigator, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 19
Sgt Peter Wood, 1310876, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 2 April 1942

Source : Simon Dawes and Chorley's "Bomber Command Losses" 1942 volume and Diana Beach, niece of Sidney Burtwell and Helen Stunt, daughter of Henry Downs and John Bradford (website manager of Old Mercer Club)

Date record last updated : 10 January 2016


Wellington Mark I C R2476

On 7 December 1940 three crews were despatched half an hour ahead of the main force to act as pathfinders by locating and marking the target, Dusseldorf, with incendiaries. The weather was atrocious and Geoff Cole's aircraft lost both engines, falling several thousand feet before he was able to start them again. The other two 'pathfinder' aircraft, captained by **Flight Lieutenant Harris** and
Flying Officer Dadswell, were both lost.

Date of loss : 7 December 1940

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R2476 consisted of :

Sgt Francis Thomas Buckingham, 758023, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940
Fg/Off David Allan Dadswell, 40367, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940, Aged 26
Sgt William Henry James, 972478, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940
Sgt Edward Cooper Lee, 969132, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940, Aged 28
Sgt John Cunningham Macaskie, 936778, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940, Aged 25
Sgt Charles Duncan Powrie, 745352, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940, Aged 24

Source : Nightjar Newsletter Winter / Spring 2006

Date record last updated : 19 April 2009


Wellington Mark I R2699

The crew of R2699 comprised of :

P/O W L Comer (KIA)
P/O R A Russell-Forbes (KIA)

Flight lost on 14 December 1939.

SOURCE: Nightjar Newsletter Winter / Spring 2006


Wellington Mark I C R3208

Wellington Mark I C R3208 (28 October 1940)

Raid on Kiel - changed to Cuxhaven

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R3208 (28 October 1940) consisted of :

Sgt Alan M Brown, Pilot
Flt/Lt Aubrey Edward Henderson Cattle, Pilot
Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Wellington Mark I C R3208 (5 November 1940)

The Operational Record Book records that the primary target of Emden was successfully attacked and fires were observed in the target area as aircraft were leaving.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R3208 (5 November 1940) consisted of :

Sgt Robert Charles Bishop, 653306, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 21
Sgt Harold Wignell 'Boyk' Brook, 581316, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 25
Sgt Stanley Charles Chester, 742972, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 21
Sgt Alfred Hyam, 749403, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 28
Plt/Off Edward Robert Matheson Pears, 84012, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 26
Sgt Albert Edward Taylor, 906563, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 20

Source : Richard Phillips (co author of Sway at war 1914-1945)

Date record last updated : 22 August 2010

Wellington Mark I C R3208 (7 November 1940)

Target was the Krupps Works at Essen

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R3208 (7 November 1940) consisted of :

Sgt Robert Charles Bishop, 653306, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 21
Sgt Harold Wignell 'Boyk' Brook, 581316, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 25
Sgt Stanley Charles Chester, 742972, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 21
Sgt Alfred Hyam, 749403, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 28
Plt/Off Edward Robert Matheson Pears, 84012, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 26
Sgt Albert Edward Taylor, 906563, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 20

Source : Richard Williams (co author of Sway war Memorial 1914-1945)

Date record last updated : 22 August 2010

Wellington Mark I C R3208 (17 November 1940)

Target was the Ruhr Valley.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R3208 (17 November 1940) consisted of :

Sgt Robert Charles Bishop, 653306, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 21
Sgt Harold Wignell 'Boyk' Brook, 581316, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 25
Sgt Stanley Charles Chester, 742972, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 21
Sgt Alfred Hyam, 749403, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 28
Plt/Off Edward Robert Matheson Pears, 84012, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 26
Sgt Albert Edward Taylor, 906563, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 20

Source : Richard Williams (co author of Sway War Memroial 1914-1945)

Date record last updated : 22 August 2010

Wellington Mark I C R3208 (21 December 1940)

Raid on Venice - changed to Germany. They ran out of oxygen crossing the Alps so rather than return to base they turned back across the Alps and bombed Germany instead.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R3208 (21 December 1940) consisted of :

Plt/Off Harold Johnstone Paterson DFC, 83712 / 745714 / 742714, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, POW 20 April 1941
Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom
Sqn/Ldr A H 'Pug' or 'Sniffer' Smythe, Pilot

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Wellington Mark I C R3208 (13 January 1941)

Raid on Milan - cancelled after take off

Crew of
Wellington Mark I C R3208 (13 January 1941) consisted of :

Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom
Sqn/Ldr A H 'Pug' or 'Sniffer' Smythe, Pilot
Sgt Williams, Co-pilot

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Wellington Mark I C R3208 (9 May 1941)

Take off was at 22:22 hrs from Stradishall. Target was Hamburg.

The aircraft was presumed crashed in the sea. FS Browell was the only body found and is buried at Soltau in Becklingen War Cemetery.

Simon Dean recalls that his father told him they were flying over Hamburg and that Sgt Browell's body was found in the river there. Simon knows that the rest of the crew were never found, but their names are on the Runnymede Memorial.


This is believed to be a photograph of Wellington R3208 but no markings can be seen.


Sgt Alan Dean is 2nd from left. Can anyone identify who is who for the rest of the crew?
Date of loss : 9 May 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark I C R3208 (9 May 1941) consisted of :

Sgt Robert John Bennett, 908791, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 20
FS William Herbert Browell, 754853, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 25
Sgt Alan Walter Dean, 926810, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 19
Sgt William James Stephen McGregor, 990467, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 24
Sgt Maxwell George Robertson, 1063077, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 24
Sgt John Leslie Smith, 748177, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 23

Source : Simon Dean (nephew of Sgt Alan Dean) and Nightjar Newsletter Autumn 2005 and Robert Macleod (nephew of Sgt Robertson) and Chorley

Date record last updated : 28 December 2011


Wellington R3209 BU-H

Date of loss : 7 December 1940.

Took off at 17:40 on 7 December 1940 from Stradishall Suffolk, half and hour before the main force to act as a pathfinder by locating and marking the target, Dusseldorf with incendiaries. The weather was atrocious and the flight failed to return. Lost without trace. 6 killed. Flt/Lt Harris's body was washed ashore on the French coast where he is buried at Oye-Plage (Pas de Calais).

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) R3209 BU-H consisted of :

Sgt Arthur Charles Ashman, 906102, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940, Aged 19
Flt/Lt Wilfred Arthur Harris, 33256, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940, Aged 24
Sgt William Desmond Ingrams, 759238, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940
Sgt Richard Francis Stacey, 654662, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940, Aged 21
Sgt Phillip James White, 956165, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940
Sgt Alan Asquith Wooding, 745040, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940, Aged 27

Source Ian Hunt and CWGC


Wellington T2078 BU-F

Flight extracted from the log of Gordon Venner on 24/8/1941

SOURCE : Liam Venner


Wellington Mark I C T2470 BU-K


Wellington T2470 of 214 squadron being towed into a hanger at Stradishall

On 27 September 1940 the target was Ostend invasion barges.

On 07 October 1940 the target was Calais barge concentrations.

On 12 October 1940 the target was Bitterfeld north of Leipzig.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C T2470 BU-K consisted of :

Fg/Off David Allan Dadswell, 40367, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940, Aged 26
Flt/Lt Wilfred Arthur Harris, 33256, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940, Aged 24
Flt/Lt K W Kaufmann, Pilot

Source : Ian Hunt and Richard Williams (co author of Sway war Memorial 1914-1945)

Date record last updated : 22 August 2010

Wellington Mark I C T2470 (30 August 1940)

Raid on Berlin - Siemens Electrical Works

Crew of Wellington Mark I C T2470 (30 August 1940) consisted of :

Sqn/Ldr Heather
Flt/Lt K W Kaufmann, Pilot
Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom


Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011

Wellington Mark I C T2470 (2 September 1940)

Raid on Black Forest

Crew of Wellington Mark I C T2470 (2 September 1940) consisted of :

Flt/Lt K W Kaufmann, Pilot
Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011

Wellington Mark I C T2470 (28 October 1940) BU-K

The target was Kiel.


Crew of Wellington Mark I C T2470 (28 October 1940) BU-K consisted of :

Sgt Robert Charles Bishop, 653306, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 21
Sgt Harold Wignell 'Boyk' Brook, 581316, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 25
Sgt Stanley Charles Chester, 742972, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 21
Sgt Alfred Hyam, 749403, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 28
Sgt Albert Edward Taylor, 906563, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 20
Sgt Gilbert Ernest Turner, 745245, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 5 November 1940, Aged 23

Source : Richard Williams (joint author of Sway at War 1914-1945)

Date record last updated : 22 August 2010

Wellington Mark I C T2470 (5 November 1940) BU-K

The aircraft took off from Stradishall at 17:50hrs. While approaching base in readiness to land, another Wellington cut across the flight path of T2470, causing Sgt Turner to lose control and the Wellington dived into the ground at 22:15hrs near Denston, 1 mile east of Stradishall airfield Sussex.

Date of loss : 5 November 1940

Crew of Wellington Mark I C T2470 (5 November 1940) BU-K consisted of :

Sgt Andrew William Hay, 519077, Wireless Operator, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 5 November 1940
Sgt Edward Kenny, 968455, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 5 November 1940, Aged 25
Sgt Charles McCulloch, 745703, Observer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 5 November 1940, Aged 22
Sgt Thomas Henry Sansum, 902416, Wireless Operator, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 5 November 1940, Aged 25
Sgt Gilbert Ernest Turner, 745245, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 5 November 1940, Aged 23
Sgt Stanley Allan Wormald, 758099, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 5 November 1940, Aged 20

Source : Roger Sansum (nephew of Thomas Henry Sansum) and Chorley

Date record last updated : 22 August 2010


Wellington Mark I C T2471 BU-?

On 23 November 1940 Wellington 1c T2471, Code BU-? Took off at 17.00 hrs from Stradishall on an op to Berlin and dissappeared without a trace. Possibly lost over the coast of Holland.

The ORB states "This crew set out to bomb the Chancellory at Berlin, since when nothing has been heard of them"

All crew members were reported missing, and subsequently listed as KIA .
The notes just say: "Lost without trace". It's therefore quite likely that the crew were either shot down over the sea or otherwise had to ditch into it.

The names of this crew are perpetuated on the "Runnymede Memorial"

"Luftwaffe Night Fighter Combat Claims 1939-1945" which lists German claims of allied aircraft shot down states that 3 aircraft were claimed shot down on the night of 23-24 November 1940, two of which were Wellingtons. The details given are as follows:

1) Wellington, 80km west of Scheveningen, 6.30 pm, by Hptm (Captain) Karl Hulshoff of 3.NJG2
and
2) Wellington, 50km west of Scheveningen, 6.40 pm, by Fw (Sergeant) Heinz Struning of 1.NJG2.

Martin Middlebrook's book on RAF Bomber Command states that two aircraft were lost on this night - 2 Wellingtons - so it is likely one of these two as noted above was T2471. Both being "west of Scheveningen" (on the Dutch coast by The Hague) were intercepted well out over the North Sea and (from the time of the claims) would have been incoming on their way towards Germany.

Date of loss : 23 November 1940

Crew of Wellington Mark I C T2471 BU-? consisted of :

Sgt Robert Charles Bishop, 653306, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 21
Sgt Harold Wignell 'Boyk' Brook, 581316, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 25
Sgt Stanley Charles Chester, 742972, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 21
Sgt Alfred Hyam, 749403, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 28
Plt/Off Edward Robert Matheson Pears, 84012, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 26
Sgt Albert Edward Taylor, 906563, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 20

Source : Ian Hunt and W R Chorley's book 'RAF Bomber Command Losses 1939-1940' and Luftwaffe Night Fighter Combat Claims 1939-1945

Date record last updated : 22 August 2010


Wellington (model unknown) T2476 BU-X

Wellington (model unknown) T2476 (29 November 1940) BU-X

Target was Cologne West Bank industrial port . No results seen due to cloud cover.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2476 (29 November 1940) BU-X consisted of :

Sgt Francis Thomas Buckingham, 758023, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940
Fg/Off David Allan Dadswell, 40367, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 December 1940, Aged 26

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 19 April 2009


Wellington Mark I C T2542

Wellington Mark I C T2542 (09 January 1941) BU-J

Target : Gelsenkirchen (Oil Refinery). Failed to reach the English coast: rear gunner's intercom failed. Brought bombs back. Landed with undercarriage retracted. Crew all OK. Op duration 18.03 to 18.33.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C T2542 (09 January 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Sgt William Herbert Browell, 754853, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 25
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011

Wellington Mark I C T2542 (20 October 1940) BU-J

Raid on Gelsenkirchen oil refineries

Crew of Wellington Mark I C T2542 (20 October 1940) BU-J consisted of :

Sgt Alan M Brown, Pilot
Flt/Lt Aubrey Edward Henderson Cattle, Pilot
Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011

Wellington Mark I C T2542 (9 April 1941) BU-J

Mervyn Leyshon was the skipper of this crew at No 1 OTU (Bassingbourne).

Mervyn left Bassingbourne ahead of the rest of this crew to transfer to 214 Squadron Stradishall for operational experience and the rest of the crew were to follow on. Unfortunately they flew with a Sgt Pilot Cusworth on a raid to Kiel, before moving on, and were shot down over target- all were killed.

Date of loss : 9 April 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark I C T2542 (9 April 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Sgt Richard Brown, 944326, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 April 1941, Aged 22
Sgt James Clark Cattell, 40932, Observer, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 9 April 1941, Aged 21
Sgt John Philip Cusworth, 745758, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 April 1941, Aged 22
Sgt Cornelius Matthew Flinders Hitchcock, 904310, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 April 1941
Sgt Alexander John McHardy, 973376, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 April 1941, Aged 33
Sgt Douglas Cyril 'Ging' Rowland, 910608, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 April 1941, Aged 21

Source : Nightjar Newsletter and Aled Leyshon (grandson of Mervyn Leyshon)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Wellington Mark I C T2559


Memorial at Halle in The Netherlands

Please see the following documents created by Bennie Eenink.
The story behind the British war graves in Halle (NL) T2559 by Bennie Eenink
The pictures of the story behind the British war graves in Halle (NL) T2559 by Bennie Eenink

Date of loss : 30 August 1940

Crew of Wellington Mark I C T2559 consisted of :

Sgt George Henry Bainbridge, 581078, Navigator / Observer, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 30 August 1940, Aged 29
Fg/Off Lionel Montague Craigie-Halkett, 39066, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 30 August 1940
Plt/Off Wilfred Bertram Stuart Cunynghame, 41560, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 30 August 1940, Aged 22
Sgt Sydney John Haldane, 551723, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 30 August 1940, Aged 19
Sgt George Edward Merryweather, 547673, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 30 August 1940, Aged 20
Sgt Arthur Burnham Puzey, 755485, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 30 August 1940, Aged 20

Source : Bennie Eenink and Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2006 and Chorley

Date record last updated : 31 December 2014


Wellington (model unknown) T2562

Wellington (model unknown) T2562 (10 October 1940)

Raid on Hanover oil refineries

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2562 (10 October 1940) consisted of :

Sgt Alan M Brown, Pilot
Flt/Lt Aubrey Edward Henderson Cattle, Pilot
Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Wellington (model unknown) T2562 (1 November 1940)


They were enroute to operations over Berlin but due to high fuel consumption of the Wellington they changed their target to Osnabruck

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2562 (1 November 1940) consisted of :

Sgt Alan M Brown, Pilot
Plt/Off Edward Robert Matheson Pears, 84012, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 26
Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011

Wellington (model unknown) T2708 BU-N

Wellington (model unknown) T2708 (29 November 1940) BU-N

Target was Cologne West Bank industrial port. No results seen due to cloud cover.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2708 (29 November 1940) BU-N consisted of :

Sgt Elder, Co-pilot
Sgt E F Fry, Pilot

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 19 April 2009

Wellington (model unknown) T2708 (13 March 1941) BU-N

Target : Hamburg (Shipyards?). Bombed the "Main Target" and all bombs fell in the target area. Op duration 19.45 to 02.25.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2708 (13 March 1941) BU-N consisted of :

Sgt Jones, Co-pilot
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Wellington (model unknown) T2708 (23 March 1941) BU-N


Target : Berlin. Bombed at 23.18 to 23.33 from 10,500 ft but no results seen due to haze and evasive action. Op duration 19.55 to 04.10.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2708 (23 March 1941) BU-N consisted of :

Sgt Jones, Co-pilot
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt


Wellington (model unknown) T2709 BU-D

Wellington (model unknown) T2709 (25 October 1940)

Operation to Hamburg. Take off 18:29hrs and returned at 00:17hrs.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2709 (25 October 1940) consisted of :

Sgt Robert Charles Bishop, 653306, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 21
Sgt Harold Wignell 'Boyk' Brook, 581316, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 25
Sgt Stanley Charles Chester, 742972, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 21
Sgt Alfred Hyam, 749403, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 28
Sgt Albert Edward Taylor, 906563, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 23 November 1940, Aged 20
Sgt Gilbert Ernest Turner, 745245, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 5 November 1940, Aged 23

Source : Richard Williams (co author of Sway War Memorial 1914-1945)

Date record last updated : 22 August 2010

Wellington (model unknown) T2709 (29 November 1940) BU-D

Target was Cologne West bank Industrial port. No results seen due to cloud cover.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2709 (29 November 1940) BU-D consisted of :

Sgt William Geoffrey Cole DFC, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Sgt Meadows, Co-pilot

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 19 April 2009


Wellington Mark I C T2841 BU-K

Wellington Mark I C T2841 (29 November 1940) BU-K

Target was Boulogne

Crew of Wellington Mark I C T2841 (29 November 1940) BU-K consisted of :

Flt/Lt Aubrey Edward Henderson Cattle, Pilot
Sgt Williams, Co-pilot

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 19 April 2009

Wellington Mark I C T2841 (15 January 1941) BU-K

Target : Wilhelmshaven. (Or T2871, in ORB?). Op duration 20.07 to 00.56.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C T2841 (15 January 1941) BU-K consisted of :

Sgt William Herbert Browell, 754853, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 25
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Wellington Mark I C T2841 (29 January 1941) BU-K

Take off 03:02 hrs from Stradishall on a mission to Wilhelmshaven. As the bomber left the ground with a full bomb load the port engine failed and the Wellington sank back onto the runway and burst in to flames. Fortunately none of the crew lost their lives. Padre Harrison (Squadron Chaplain) who was nearby was one of the first to reach the scene of the accident and, despite the risk of explosion, he was instrumental in saving the lives of the crew. For this great heroism he was awarded the George Medal.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C T2841 (29 January 1941) BU-K consisted of :

Sgt M 'Jinx' Elelman, Rear Gunner
Sgt H Foster, Navigator / Observer
Sgt Rothorn
Sgt Humphrey John Drummond Smiles DFM, 103535, Pilot
Sgt J R Turner, Front Gunner
Sgt Turner

Source : Aled Leyshon (grandson of Mervyn Leyshon) and Chorley

Date record last updated : 30 April 2011


Wellington T2850 BU-K

Flight extracted from the log of Gordon Venner on 18 August 1941.

SOURCE : Liam Venner


Wellington Mark I C T2913

On 14 July 1941 R1613, R1614, R1341 and T2913 took off from Stradishall at 23:15hrs on a mission to Bremen.

Of the four aircraft sent by 214 Squadron this night, two returned to base which ultimately saved them from the disaster that lay ahead. T2913 piloted by Sgt Gwilliam returned claiming engine trouble.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C T2913 consisted of :

Sgt Gwilliam, Pilot

Source : Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 9 January 2017


Wellington Mark I C T2992 BU-J

Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (15 March 1941) BU-J

Target : Lorient (U-Boat Base). Attacked alternative target (Brest) due to thick haze at Lorient. Bombed at 22.18 from 11,000 ft. 6 x 500 lb bombs dropped in the dock area. Landed St Eval and returned to Stradishall next day. Op duration 19.05 to 00.34.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (15 March 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Sgt Jones, Co-pilot
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (21 March 1941) BU-J

Target : Lorient? (U-Boat Base). (No a/c details in ORB). Attacked the "main target" between 21.35 and 22.00 from 10,500 ft. 13 x 250 lb bombs. No results seen.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (21 March 1941) ? consisted of :

Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (27 March 1941) BU-J

Target : Cologne. Bombed at 23.13 from 10,000 ft. Op duration 20.25 to 00.(36?)

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (27 March 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Sgt Jones, Co-pilot
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (30 March 1941) BU-J

Target : Bremen. Failed to locate main target so attacked Oldenburg [to west, between Bremen and Emden]. Bombed at 22.40 from 13,000 ft. Op duration 20.04 to 01.32.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (30 March 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Sgt Jones, Co-pilot
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (03 April 1941) BU-J

Target : Brest (Warships). Bombed at 22.19 from 10,500 ft. Fires seen to be started. Op duration 19.05 to 00.55.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (03 April 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Sgt Jones, Co-pilot
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (22 April 1941) BU-J

Target : Brest (Warships). Bombed the "main target" at 22.30 to 23.00, from 11,000 ft. Nothing seen on arrival. RG saw fire blaze up for 15 mins, then die down again as a/c left. Op duration 20.00 to 01.25.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (22 April 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Sgt Jones, Co-pilot
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (04 May 1941) BU-J

Target : Brest (The cruisers 'Scharnhorst' and 'Gneisenau'). Bombed at 23.47 to 00.29 from 10,000 ft. No results observed. Op duration 21.15 to 03.20. (Note P/O Didsbury is also shown as flying with Sgt Parker in R1376).

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (04 May 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Plt/Off Didsbury, Co-pilot, Royal New Zealand Air Force
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt


Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (06 May 1941) BU-J

Target : Hamburg. Unable to identify target: 10/10 cloud, so bombed flak concentration at Bremen at 01.42 from 12,000 ft. Op duration 22.15 to 05.00.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (06 May 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Plt/Off Didsbury, Co-pilot, Royal New Zealand Air Force
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (08 May 1941) BU-J

Target : Hamburg. Unable to locate main target so bombed Husum at 01.50 from 12,500 to 11,000 ft, resulting in a large fire with a large explosion seen in the northern part of the fire. Op duration 22.10 to 04.35.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (08 May 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Plt/Off Didsbury, Co-pilot, Royal New Zealand Air Force
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (09 May 1941) BU-J

Target : Mannheim. Bombed at 01.35 from 12,000 ft. Op duration 22.35 to 04.20.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (09 May 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Plt/Off Didsbury, Co-pilot, Royal New Zealand Air Force
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (11 May 1941) BU-J

Target : Hamburg (Shipping). Bombed at 01.38 to 02.00 from 15,000 ft but no results seen due to evasive action. Op duration 22.37 to 04.55.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (11 May 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Plt/Off Didsbury, Co-pilot, Royal New Zealand Air Force
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (16 May 1941) BU-J

Target : Cologne. Bombed at 00.54 to 01.10 from 13,000 ft causing fires with red explosions and volumes of white smoke. Op duration 22.30 to 04.30.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (16 May 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Plt/Off Didsbury, Co-pilot, Royal New Zealand Air Force
Plt/Off Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (07 June 1941) BU-J

Target : Brest (The 'Prinz Eugen'). Took off 22.25. Landed Upavon, 04.00.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (07 June 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Sgt Nicholls, Co-pilot
Flt/Lt Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (12 June 1941) BU-J

Target : Hamm (Marshalling Yards). Unable to identify target so bombed flak at Dortmund, from 12,000 ft at 01.40. No bursts seen, but 4 fires visible. Op duration 23.30 to 03.55.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (12 June 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Sgt Nicholls, Co-pilot
Flt/Lt Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt

Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (16 June 1941) BU-J

Target : No details given. Cologne?. Bombed at 01.40 to 01.46 from 14,500 ft. No results seen due to evasive action. Scattered fires seen between Cologne and the target area. Op duration 23.40 to 03.40.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2992 (16 June 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Sgt Nicholls, Co-pilot
Flt/Lt Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt


Wellington Mark I C T2992 (7 July 1941) BU-J




Airborne 22:04hrs on 7 July 1941 from Stradishall.
Crashed at Genk-Bodem (Limburg), Belgium. All those that died are buried in As-en-Campine Communal cemetery.There was only one survivor, Sgt Roughton, who was taken POW.

Date of loss : 7 July 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark I C T2992 (7 July 1941) BU-J consisted of :

Plt/Off Donald Noel Robert Armstrong, 400009, Royal Australian Air Force, Nationality : Australian, KIA 7 July 1941, Aged 28
Sgt Arthur Evans, 1106238, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 July 1941, Aged 21
Fg/Off Reginald Maurice Peter Jenkyns, 76584, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 July 1941, Aged 25
Sgt Edward Henry King, 918289, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 July 1941, Aged 23
Plt/Off John McAnally, 62291, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 July 1941, Aged 23
Sgt G F Roughton, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, POW 7 July 1941

Source : Chorley and grave photograph by Ivo Swinnen of As, Belgium

Date record last updated : 1 June 2013


Wellington (model unknown) T2998

Wellington (model unknown) T2998 (23 May 1941)

Target : Cologne. Bombed at 01.50 to 02.05 from 11,000 ft. No results observed due to low cloud and ground haze. Op duration 00.10 to 04.25.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) T2998 (23 May 1941) consisted of :

Sgt Nicholls, Co-pilot
Flt/Lt Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt


Wellington W5442 BU-V

Flight extracted from the log of Gordon Venner on 29/9/1941

Source : Liam Venner


Wellington Mark II W5452 BU-U

Operation to Berlin. Take off was at 19:24hrs from Stradishall. The aircraft crashed into trees while trying to make an emergency landing at Manston. Five crew members were killed and one was injured.

Date of loss : 21 September 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark II W5452 BU-U consisted of :

Plt/Off Cyril William Abrey, 69490, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 21 September 1941, Aged 26
Sgt John Aitken, 953705, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 21 September 1941, Aged 21
Sgt Ivan John Green, 1154443, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 21 September 1941
Sgt Laurence Douglas Kissack, 1169259, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : British, KIA 21 September 1941, Aged 26
Plt/Off John Benjamin Ruston, J/15002, Air Observer, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 21 September 1941
Plt/Off White

Source : Chorley and Mike Tallis

Date record last updated : 31 December 2014


Wellington (model unknown) W5713 BU-B

Wellington (model unknown) W5713 (18 June 1941) BU-B

Target : Brest (The 'Scharnhorst'). Bombed the estimated position of the ship from 15,000 ft at 01.1(8?) and 01.50. No results observed.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) W5713 (18 June 1941) BU-B consisted of :

Sgt Nicholls, Co-pilot
Flt/Lt Walter Ronald Nisbett Sturdy DFC & Bar, 42906, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Ian Hunt


Wellington (model unknown) X3206 BU-R

The crew of this aircraft was returning from bombing Berlin when they had to fight for 3 hours against flames in their aircraft. Their own incendiaries had been set alight by flak and they could not jettison them. They were a target for every gun and night fighter.
Finally the aircraft struggled across the coast. Five minutes later it ran out of petrol and dived into the sea.
When the bomber hit the sea it's fire damaged back was broken and it sunk less than a minute after hitting the sea. Fortunately all of the crew managed to escape and spent the next two and a half days in a dinghy.
The pilot had one leg injured and his face was badly cut when he was thrown against his instrument panels as the aircraft hit the sea.
The others had been able to prepare themselves for a crash landing.
They drifted towards the Isle of Wight where they were finally taken ashore at Ventnor, exhausted.
Rescue site: Steel Bay, Bonchurch, Ventnor, IOW.

Letter written by Arthur Adsett, Special Constable, sent to and transcribed by Roy Adsett. 12 February 1978 :

"I had been with the Police Rescue Party to help save the crew of five from a Wellington Bomber which had been over Berlin and come down in flames in the North Sea and drifted three days and nights in a rubber dingy. The crew of five were drifted down the channel till the tide turned them round near our lighthouse about a mile from Ventnor.
I was called out of the shop (men’s outfitters) and got into my uniform (Special Constable) and commandeered the District Nurse’s car to take myself and one of my men to Bonchurch, and with others we managed to save them all, very exhausted and too weak to paddle the dingy. Ercolani was the Pilot Officer in charge and was the only one slightly injured.
It turned out that he was under the chap Dudley, Sqn Leader, (full name unknown) my pal in the Pub, and I said to Dudley, I believed on another mission Ercolani was killed. He said he wasn’t but he did not know about him being saved off Ventnor so I told him I had all the details and gen about the rescue in my scrap book (since lost) but I would write the details out for him if he liked, but 10 of the rescuers are now dead (1978) from old age and I am one of the few who were there at Steel Bay to help.
So he said Ercolani is still alive and now has a factory for furniture (‘Ercol’) at ‘Wycombe’ He got in touch by phone, sent my gen up to him and he came down to Cowes to see Dudley, but I did not go to Cowes as I knew I could not bear the strain of too much to drink."

Date of loss : 7 November 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark I C X3206 BU-R consisted of :

Flt/Lt Lucian Brett Ercolani DSO DFC, Pilot
Sgt Fry
Sgt Hamilton
Sgt Holdsworth
Sgt McLennan
Sgt Weller

Source : Colin Burningham and Simon Esplen and Chorley and Ron Stilwell

Date record last updated : 14 March 2010


Wellington (model unknown)X3233 BU-N

Flight extracted from the log of Gordon Venner on 15 November 1941.

SOURCE : Liam Venner


Wellington Mark I C X9750 BU-?

Take off was from Stradishall. The operation was to Mannheim. Aircraft and crew lost without trace and all are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Date of loss : 7 August 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark I C X9750 BU-? consisted of :

Sgt Robert Gordon Burnett, 1053569, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 August 1941
Sgt William John Vincent 'Jack' Crowsley, 986890, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 August 1941, Aged 33
Plt/Off Colin McDougall Didsbury, NZ401259, Pilot, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 7 August 1941, Aged 23
Sgt Norman Evans Mills, 1113963, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 August 1941
Sgt Edgar James Page, 1050934, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 7 August 1941, Aged 26
Plt/Off Gerald Daniel Edward Stack, J/3119, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 7 August 1941

Source : Chorley and CWGC and John Crowsley

Date record last updated : 10 October 2009


Wellington Mark I C X9758 BU-G

Take off was from Sradishall at 20.00 hrs on 1 April 1942.

The target was Hanau and other targets in the region East and South of Frankfurt - low-level attacks on railway targets. (Z9758 in ORB).

Attacked the railway at Heidelberg, bombing just short of the station, from 2,500 ft at 23.10 hrs. Debris thrown up and fell into the river. Searchlight and machine gun posts were fired on.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C X9758 BU-G consisted of :

Gp/Capt D A Boyle, Pilot
Plt/Off Gasper, Co-pilot

Source : Ian Hunt and ORB

Date record last updated : 28 March 2015


Wellington X9762 BU-T

Flight extracted from the log of Gordon Venner on 27 September 1941.

Source : Liam Venner


Wellington Mark I C X9884 BU-?

Take off was from Stradishall on a mission to Stettin. The aircraft crashed neer Landsmeer (Noord Holland), 7km North of Amsterdam due to engine failure. All crew members baled out successfully and were taken as Prisoners of War.

Date of loss : 29 September 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark I C X9884 BU-? consisted of :

Sgt H 'Tich' Antehley, 1110584, POW 29 September 1941
Sgt J I Burbridge, 958282, POW 29 September 1941
Sgt David F Cooper, 1109722, POW 29 September 1941
Sgt J W B Follitt, ???519, POW 29 September 1941
Sgt Leslie 'Hank' Hancock, 745181, Pilot, POW 29 September 1941
Sgt A N Jones, 949607, POW 29 September 1941

Source : Nicola Jones (daughter of Sgt Leslie Hancock) and 'Footprints on the sands of time' by Oliver Clutton-Brock and Chorley

Date record last updated : 1 January 2010


Wellington Mark I C X9890 BU-F


The Crew were lost during night bombing operations 28 January 1942 on operations over Munster Germany.

The crew of X9890 coded BU-F were:

 

Pilot Officer George Hamilton Webster (J5471) RCAF (KIA)  Pilot*

Flight Sergeant Francis Alexander Tait (R/70913) RCAF (KIA)

Sergeant Christopher John Irwin (924231) RAF (KIA)

Sergeant George  Marsh Robinson (1169566) RAF (KIA)

Sergeant Peter Gray Milton (997221) RAF (KIA)

Sergeant Frank Godfey Truscott (1168521) RCAF (KIA)

 

According to the log of F/Lt Edward Baker DFC this date, entry reads as follows:

Jan-28,  Wellington X9939,  Pilot Ed Baker,  2nd pilot Sgt.Lancaster, and Crew D.C.O  Operations - Munster   Airtime 4:25.  By this it is nearly certain X9890 was lost on operations to Munster. Interestingly, on Jan-16 F/Lt Baker took X9890 on a test flight then flew it to Honnington where he left it and returned to base via a different aircraft R1505. On the morning of the 17th he apparently flew back to Honnington, re-tested X9890 then tested R1505 then apparently rejecting both he took Z1094 on operations to Bremen that night. I note that during this period many veteran pilots did test fly their aircraft prior to operations. This being the case one wonders what he found wrong with X9890 ?

This excert if from Harry Ward's memoirs : "He could remember quite clearly as he rode out to their dispersal before take-off, seeing George Webster and his crew standing beside F-Freddie. Chris Irwin was in front of the plane in his Irvin jacket smiling broadly as he waved them on their way." Like so many others before them, Harry recalls that nothing was heard of them again.

 

SOURCE: Stewart Murray, Canada  -  Allison: "They Shall Grow Not Old"

 

SOURCE: Andrea Muzzi of Toronto Ontario Canada.  (Neice to Sgt Truscott, grandaughter of Heloise - Franks sister)

SOURCE: Aileen Young (Harry Ward's Daughter)

 


Wellington Mark I C X9939 BU-E

Operations - Kiel, Crew Shot up and crash landed

On 25 February 1942, whilst attacking Kiel, the aircraft was extensively damaged by anti-aircraft fire, the undercarriage, flaps and turrets being rendered useless. The hydraulic system was put out of action, the undercarriage, flaps and turrets being rendered completely useless. The undercarriage was dangling and could not be raised or lowered. The trailing aerial was carried away and the airspeed indicator ceased to function and the fabric was holed in numerous places. On the return journey height was lost continually owing to engine trouble and the windscreen became covered with ice. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Baker skilfully flew his damaged aircraft to Stradishall where he crash landed with the undercarriage retracted. On touching down, the starboard engine immediately caught fire.
The fire spread to the rest of the aircraft which was soon a mass of flames. The crew managed to escape but the second pilot (J Lancaster) and a gunner each sustained a fractured arm while Flight Lieutenant Baker's nose was broken. His experiences have in no way diminished his enthusiastic daring and fortitude. He is possessed of that unshakable disposition and high sense of duty so essential to an officer and bomber captain for the successful prosecution of this war.

This was one of 2 aircraft on this mission, the other being Z8858.

Date of loss : 25 February 1942

Crew of Wellington Mark I C X9939 BU-E consisted of :

Flt/Lt Edward Donald Baker DFC, J/5060, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 23
Sgt Cole
FS Spencer Sidney Dawes, R/67521, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 25
FS Edward Hamilton Erby, 1287615, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 32
Sgt J Lancaster, Co-pilot
Sgt Eric George Walter Shotter, 930243, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 21

Source : Chorley and Kathy Cook (relative of Flt Lt Baker) and Ian Hunt

Date record last updated : 29 December 2009


Wellington Mark I C X9979 BU-O

Flight was lost as part of the April Fool's tragedy on 1 April 1942. See note at top of page.

Mission: Take off from Stradishall 20:19 Hrs on Operation 'Lineshoot' to bomb railway yards in Hanau, Lohr.
Crashed at Bad Siedlung, near Russelsheim, where th crew were first buried.

Date of loss : 1 April 1942

Crew of Wellington Mark I C X9979 BU-O consisted of :

Plt/Off Joseph Harold Andrew Baker, 69491, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 21
FS Tom Flanagan, 651415, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA
Sgt Donald Albert Stanley Hamilton, 403547, Pilot, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Nationality : New Zealand, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 22
Cpt Howard Grantley Tingle MC, 88507, Royal Artillery, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 39
FS Ronald Anthony John Trevillian, 755032, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 21
FS Alexander Robert Vint, 915640, Observer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942

Source : Liam Venner and Simon Dawes and Chorley's "Bomber Command Losses" 1942 volume

Date record last updated : 16 June 2010

Wellington Mark I C X9979 (Autumn 1941) BU-O



William Venner's first crew posing in front of Wellington BU-O X9979.
Taken sometime in Autumn fall of 1941. X9979 piloted by Plt/Off J H A Baker was later lost on the great April Fools Tragedy of 1 April 1942.
(Note: The writing on the back of the above photo listing the crew appears to be that of Williams wife.)
Left to right:
F/Sgt Trevellian - Rear Gunner
Sgt Jack Allen (Canadian) - W/Op
F/Sgt Gordon Venner ( Canadian) W/Op/Ag
P/O David Wilson - Pilot
P/O Dick Clarkson - Navigator
P/O Joe Baker - 2nd Pilot

In a bizarre twist of fate, on April Fools Day 1 April 1942 a group of the veterans and senior officers including FS Venner of 214 Squadron lifted off the runway enroute to Egypt to join the 215 Squadron in the Middle East, only hours later another group of the mostly green crews that were left on 214 lifted off from Stradishall heading to operations over Germany. Little could the first group know, but by the end of the day 41 of their former crewmates would never be coming home. Of the group that headed to Germany, 7 Wellington's and their entire crews were lost. One of these was X9979 BU-O pictured above piloted by Plt/Off J H A Baker. Only one crew member of the 42 survived.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C X9979 (Autumn 1941) BU-O consisted of :

Sgt Jack Allen, Wireless Operator, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian
Plt/Off Joseph Harold Andrew Baker, 69491, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 21
Plt/Off Dick Clarkson, Navigator
FS Ronald Anthony John Trevillian, 755032, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 21
Fg/Off William Gordon Venner, J88353 & R/54229, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian
Plt/Off David Wilson, Pilot

Source : Liam Venner, Fg/Off William's son. Liam has his fathers log book, service transcripton, as well as other pictures and documents

Date record last updated : 16 June 2010


Wellington Mark I C Z1052

Flight was lost as part of the April Fool's tragedy on 1 April 1942. See note at top of page.

Mission: Take off 20:19 Hrs on Operation 'Lineshoot' to bomb railway yards in Hanau, Lohr
(35 Wellingtons and 14 Hampdens were to carry out attacks on railway targets. 22 aircraft reported that they had carried out this task but 12 Wellingtons and 1 Hampden were lost. Seven of the lost Wellingtons were from 214 Squadron, with a loss of 41 lives, and only 1 survivor.)
Sgt Davidson of this crew was the only survivor of this terrible tragedy.

Date of loss : 1 April 1942

Crew of Wellington Mark I C Z1052 consisted of :

Sgt C H Davidson, Nationality : United Kingdom, POW 1 April 1942
Sgt Hugh Mitchell, 525420, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 25
Sgt James Murphy, 1165663, Observer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 21
WO/I Walter David Page, R/69723, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 24
Sgt Stanley 'Stan' Perry, 1174623, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 22
Sgt Richard Arthur Platt, 939816, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 21


Source : Simon Dawes and Chorley's "Bomber Command Losses" 1942 volume

Date record last updated : 13 September 2009


Wellington Mark I C Z1081 BU-B

12 February 1942: Mission targetting warships.
The aircraft was ditched after engine problems while taking part in "Operation Fuller", the attempt to stop the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in their "Channel dash" from Brest back up to Germany. Britain only discovered the breakout once the ships were at sea and heading up the English Channel. Being caught somewhat on the hop, several hundred RAF aircraft went out to try and find and catch them, but the weather was pretty dreadful and most of them never saw anything. The ORB reports that "it was 10/10 cloud, down to 500 feet in most places."
One of the other aircraft reported seeing Z1081 at position approx 52.10N /03.30E, with occasional puffs of black smoke coming from it's port engine. It was seen to be circling (on search patrol?) but did not appear to be losing height at that point. Apparently the aircraft reported engine trouble itself.
It is not clear how many of the crew managed to get in the dinghy but it is known that all but one died, possibly of exposure before they were found. Only Sgt Murray was rescued, just about alive and was taken POW.

Date of loss : 12 February 1942

Crew of Wellington Mark I C Z1081 BU-B consisted of :

Sgt Andrew Paton Everett, 979937, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 15 February 1942, Aged 26
Flt/Lt Patrick Roderick Hughes DFC, 60804, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 12 February 1942
Wg/Cdr Richard Denis Barry MacFadden DFC, 37476, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 14 February 1942
Sgt Robin Murray, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, POW 12 February 1942
Sqn/Ldr Martin Tyringham Stephens DFC, 75730, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 13 February 1942, Aged 40
Sgt George Ingate Taylor, 643077, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 12 February 1942, Aged 22
Plt/Off James Wood, 69426, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 14 February 1942, Aged 25

Source : Nightjar Newsletter Winter / Spring 2005 and Ian Hint and Squadron ORB

Date record last updated : 22 March 2008


Wellington Mark I C Z1114 (1 April 1942) BU-A

Take off was from Sradishall at 20.15 hrs on 1 April 1942.

The target was Hanau and other targets in the region East and South of Frankfurt - low-level attacks on railway targets.

Bombed at 22.46 hrs from 1,500 ft, near a railway bridge about 3 miles West of the town

Front and rear gunners machine-gunned a train in believed to be Mühlheim station, at 22.50 hrs from 500 ft.

Returned at 2.40 hrs.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C Z1114 (1 April 1942) BU-A consisted of :

Plt/Off James Walter Murray, 10443, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 11 April 1942
FS Harry Alyn Neal, R/67970, Co-pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : American, KIA 11 April 1942, Aged 26

Source : Ian Hunt and ORB

Date record last updated : 28 March 2015

Wellington (model unknown) Z1142 BU-B

Wellington (model unknown) Z1142 (30 May and 1 June 1941) BU-B

Raids on:
30 May 1941 Cologne - Blitz - 1,000 Bomber Raid
1 June 1941 Essen - Blitz - 1,000 Bomber Raid

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) Z1142 (30 May and 1 June 1941) BU-B consisted of :

Wg/Cdr Peter Doig 'Scotty' Scott MiD, 104442, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom
Flt/Lt Smith, Pilot

Source : Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)

Date record last updated : 10 July 2011


Wellington Mark I C Z1143 BU-?

Take off was from Stradishall and the operation was to Essen.
Shot down by night fighter (Oblt Herbert Lutje, 111./NJG1) and crashed at 22:55hrs at Vriezenveen (Overijssel) on the East side of the Overijsselsch Kanaal and some 9Km NNW of Almelo in Holland. All are buried in the General Cemetery at Vriezenveen. Captain Mair of the Royal Artillery was attached to 214 Squadron.

Date of loss : 26 March 1942

Crew of Wellington Mark I C Z1143 BU-? consisted of :

Sgt Walter Irvine Christsen, 404277, Royal Australian Air Force, Nationality : Australian, KIA 26 March 1942, Aged 22
Plt/Off Eric William Cuthbert Creed, 400581, Pilot, Royal Australian Air Force, Nationality : Australian, KIA 26 March 1942, Aged 22
Sgt Albert Frederick Mons Emms, 1376234, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 26 March 1942, Aged 27
Cpt Alfred Peter Mair, 64403, Royal Artillery, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 26 March 1942
Sgt William Wynes Robey Norton, 400885, Royal Australian Air Force, Nationality : Australian, KIA 26 March 1942, Aged 29
Sgt John Routledge Payne, 984801, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 26 March 1942, Aged 25

Source : Hans J. Kobes, Vriezenveen (NL) & Nightjar Newsletter Winter / Spring 2005 and Chorley

Date record last updated : 29 December 2009


Wellington Mark I C Z1148 BU-L


The six graves starting from the right in the foreground are of the crew of Z1148

Z1148 BU-L took off from Stradishall at 23:12 hrs 15 April 1942 to take part in a bombing raid on Dortmund.
News was received that the plane was shot down at 03:30 hrs 15 April 1942 and crashed at Overrepen Belgium, with the loss of the entire crew.
It is believed the plane was shot down by a night fighter piloted by Oblt Alois Lechner E/NJG2.
The crew were buried by the Germans with full military honours at St Trond Belgium. All were later interred at the British War Cemetery Heverlee, Louvain Belgium, where they now rest.

Date of loss : 15 April 1942

Crew of Wellington Mark I C Z1148 BU-? consisted of :

Sgt Samuel Cox, 869313, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force), Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 15 April 1942, Aged 33
FS Billy Orrin Gates, R/74829, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : American, KIA 15 April 1942, Aged 25
Plt/Off Robert Balfour Halliday, J/6652, Air Observer, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 15 April 1942, Aged 25
FS Douglas Harold Morton Jacques, R/76606, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 15 April 1942, Aged 20
FS Reginald Marcus Lawrence, R/60620, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 15 April 1942
Sgt Eric Mason, 1167277, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 15 April 1942, Aged 32

Source : Chorley and Norman Cox (son of Sgt Samuel Cox)

Date record last updated : 17 April 2010


Wellington Mark I C Z1156 BU-E

Flight was lost as part of the April Fool's tragedy on 1 April 1942. See note at top of page.

Mission: Take off 20:19 Hrs on Operation 'Lineshoot' to bomb railway yards in Hanau, Lohr
(35 Wellingtons and 14 Hampdens were to carry out attacks on railway targets. 22 aircraft reported that they had carried out this task but 12 Wellingtons and 1 Hampden were lost. Seven of the lost Wellingtons were from 214 Squadron, with a loss of 41 lives, and only 1 survivor.)

Date of loss : 2 April 1942

Crew of Wellington Mark I C Z1156 BU-E consisted of :

Sgt Harry Chilvers, 1112050, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : British, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 26
Sgt Anthony Alexander Ferguson, 1110578, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : British, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 25
Sgt Dennis Owen George, 1164451, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : British, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 22
Sgt Norman Ramsbottom, 1115867, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : British, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 27
FS William Robert West, R/76959, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 2 April 1942
Sgt Vernon Philip Walrond Wheaton, 933154, Observer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : British, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 32


Source : Simon Dawes and Chorley's "Bomber Command Losses" 1942 volume

Date record last updated : 29 December 2009


Wellington Mark I C Z1158 BU-S

Take off was from Sradishall at 20.55 hrs on 1 April 1942.

The target was Hanau and other targets in the region East and South of Frankfurt - low-level attacks on railway targets.

Attacked the railway at Aschaffenburg, at 23.59 hrs from 800 ft. Target area identified by the River Main and the railway tunnel about 10 miles East of Aschaffenburg. All bombs except 1 x 250 lb 3-hour delay were dropped on the marshalling yard East of the station. The delayed-action bomb was dropped on the railway about 12 miles East of the town. Coaches in the marshalling yard were machine-gunned and also the built-up area South of the station. Some tracks were seen broken up.

Returned at 02.30 hrs.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C Z1158 BU-S consisted of :

Sgt Sydney Walter George Avent, 1283173, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 28 April 1942, Aged 21
Sgt Allan John Hyde, 1375119, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 28 April 1942, Aged 21

Source : Ian Hunt and ORB

Date record last updated : 28 March 2015


Wellington Mark I C Z1169 BU-W

Take off was from Sradishall at 20.52 hrs on 1 April 1942.
The target was Hanau and other targets in the region East and South of Frankfurt - low-level attacks on railway targets. (Z1165 in ORB).

Attacked the railway at Lohr at 23.20 hrs from 400 ft. Identified Lohr by following the River Main. 1 delayed-action bomb dropped on a railway track about ½ mile West of the town, 3 others dropped 1 mile West of the town, and the other 2 dropped on the side of the railway track 1½ miles West. These bombs were dropped close together as both engines had been hit by light flak. All bombs seen to burst but no results observed.

Returned at 04.17 hrs.

Earlier flight extracted from the log of Gordon Venner on 26 January 1942.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C Z1169 BU-W consisted of :

Plt/Off Lawrence Malcolm Leech, J/5490, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 16 April 1942
Plt/Off Harry Arthur Shortt, 100558, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 16 April 1942, Aged 25

Source : Liam Venner and Ian Hunt and ORB

Date record last updated : 28 March 2015


Wellington Mark II Z8373

News was received to say that, on 26 November 1941, the aircraft had never reached Germany. After setting off at 5.30pm they had engine trouble and had to return, giving their position every short while until they were 80 miles from the English Coast when, at 7.29pm communications ceased.
Rescue launchs and reconnaissance aircraft went out in search of the plane or it's crew, but unfortunately nothing was found.

Date of loss : 26 November 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark II Z8373 consisted of :

Plt/Off Charles David Cooling, J/15853, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 26 November 1941, Aged 21
Sgt Harold James Cooper, 932086, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 26 November 1941, Aged 20
Sgt George Leonard 'Lennie' Hall, 960499, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 26 November 1941, Aged 21
FS Norman Gilbert Hettrick, R/68075, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 26 November 1941
Plt/Off Anthony David Moore, 67079, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 26 November 1941, Aged 20
Sgt Mervyn Alfred Weavers, 1283647, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 26 November 1941, Aged 25

Source : Nightjar Newsletter Spring 2005 and CWGC

Date record last updated : 10 August 2009


Wellington Z8409 BU-Z

Flight extracted from the log of Gordon Venner on 24 November 1941.

Source : Liam Venner


Wellington Z8805
Flight was lost as part of the April Fool's tragedy on 1 April 1942. See note at top of page.

Sgt E Dixon


Wellington Mark I C Z8842 BU-?

Flight was lost as part of the April Fool's tragedy on 1 April 1942. See note at top of page.

Mission: Take off 20:19 Hrs on Operation 'Lineshoot' to bomb railway yards in Hanau, Lohr (35 Wellingtons and 14 Hampdens were to carry out attacks on railway targets. 22 aircraft reported that they had carried out this task but 12 Wellingtons and 1 Hampden were lost. Seven of the lost Wellingtons were from 214 Squadron, with a loss of 41 lives, and only 1 survivor.)

Wellington IC Z8842 lifted off the runway at Stradishall. It was 20:19 hrs and they were off to bomb the railway yards in Hanau (Operation Limeshoot) with 13 other aircraft. They would never be heard from again. Of the 14 aircraft which set out that day, only 7 would return. It is believed that Z8842 was brought down by flack and crashed into the sea off the Dutch coast. Only two bodies were ever recovered, the rest of the crew has no known grave.

Amazingly at least three families of this crew have now been in touch with each other.

Date of loss : 1 April 1942

Crew of Wellington Mark I C Z8842 BU-? consisted of :

Flt/Lt Edward Donald Baker DFC, J/5060, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 23
FS Spencer Sidney Dawes, R/67521, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 25
FS Edward Hamilton Erby, 1287615, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 32
Sgt George Eric Newman, 1177845, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942
Sgt Eric George Walter Shotter, 930243, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 21
Sgt Vincent Leslie Stephens, 1119436, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 1 April 1942, Aged 21

Source : Simon Dawes and Chorley's "Bomber Command Losses" 1942 volume

Date record last updated : 29 December 2009

Wellington Mark I C Z8842 (9 February 1942) BU-?

Crew of Wellington Mark I C Z8842 (9 February 1942) BU-? consisted of :

Sgt C T Enright, A404312, Pilot
Sgt H Smith, 1377225, Pilot
Fg/Off William Gordon Venner, J88353 & R/54229, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian

Source : Colin Burningham

Date record last updated : 16 June 2010


Wellington Mark I C Z8858 BU-B

Operation was on Kiel. Take off 23:35hrs from Stradishall. On return to base in poor weather, the Wellington overshot the beacons at Honington and Stradishall before crash-landing at 04:00hrs on open land at Fulbourn, 4 miles ESE of Cambridge. Initially it was thought that the damage was repairable, but within a week of the incident the bomber was declared a write-off.

Sgt Anthony Alexander Ferguson was injured as a result of this crash.







This was one of 2 aircraft on this mission, the other being X9939.

Date of loss : 25 February 1942

Crew of Wellington Mark I C Z8858 BU-B consisted of :

Plt/Off John Merlin Brown, J5317, Navigator / Observer, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian
Sgt Anthony Alexander Ferguson, 1110578, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : British, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 25
Sgt J C Mason
Sgt D McIlroy
Sqn/Ldr Cyril Miles, Pilot
Sgt Watts

Source : Malcolm Brown (son of Sqn/Ldr John Merlin Brown) and Chorley

Date record last updated : 24 February 2011


Wellington (model unknown) Z8900

All of this crew, except for Sgt Longdon and FS JE Williams left 214 Squadron together to go to the Middle East.
On 19 January 1942 they were posted to 99 Squadron at Waterbeach.
On 23 February they flew from Waterbeach to Portreath, en - route to the Middle East.

See Photo album 4 "The exodus of the 214 to the 215".

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) Z8900 consisted of :

Plt/Off A Campbell, A402636, Pilot
Sgt L G Dobson, R/71398
Sgt W S Edington, Air Gunner
Sgt P N Herbert, 931389, Navigator
Sgt Longdon
FS B Pickthorne, R54358, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner
FS J E Williams, R/67724, Pilot
Sgt H Woodgate, A407301 (A407310?)

Source : Colin Burningham

Date record last updated : 29 May 2010

Wellington (model unknown) Z8900 (15 November 1941)

Aircraft took off from Stradishall. Shot up by a Me110 over the Frisian Islands, tearing a six foot hole in the fuselage structure and damaging the controls. The crew succeeded in returning to Coltishall, where a safe landing was made. Aircraft was written off.

Date of loss : 15 November 1941

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) Z8900 (15 November 1941) consisted of :

Plt/Off A Campbell, A402636, Pilot
Sgt W S Edington, Air Gunner
Sgt P N Herbert, 931389, Navigator
Sgt Longdon
FS B Pickthorne, R54358, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner
FS J E Williams, R/67724, Pilot

Source : Colin Burningham

Date record last updated : 4 October 2009


Wellington Z8949 BU-L

Flight extracted from the log of Gordon Venner on 7 February 1942.

Source : Liam Venner


Wellington Mark I C Z8951 BU-X

Wellington Mark I C Z8951(1 April 1942) BU-X

Take off was from Stradishall at 20.35 hrs on an operation to Hanau and other targets in the region East and South of Frankfurt - low-level attacks on railway targets.

Dropped 5 x 500 lb and 1 x 250 lb on 2 trains at [Dorsal?], at 00.40 hrs from 1,100 ft. Bombs fell within 50 yds of one of the stationary trains. Returned 03.25 hrs.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C Z8951(1 April 1942) BU-X consisted of :

Sqn/Ldr R B Carr, Pilot
Sgt Hodge, Co-pilot

Source : Ian Hunt and ORB

Date record last updated : 28 March 2015

Wellington Mark I C Z8951 (16 April 1942) BU-X

Flight was earlier extracted from the log of Gordon Venner on 10 January 1942.

Take off was from Stradishall on an operation to Dortmund on 16 April 1942.

The aircraft was believed to be shot down by a night-fighter (Uffz Schienbein, I./NJG1) and crashed at 03:58hrs between Deurne and Helmond (Noord Brabant), two sizeable towns east of Eindhoven. All of the crew were KIA and buried in Woensel General Cemetery.

Update received from Richard Schoutissen that the aircraft was brought down in the early hours of 16 April 1942 by Lower Officiel Zier Walter Schienbein of 1,/Nachtjagdgeschwader 1.

Date of loss : 16 April 1942

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) Z8951 (16 April 1942) BU-X consisted of :

Sgt Vernon Ernest Egan, 1092735, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 16 April 1942
Sgt Percy Heppenstall, 998624, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 16 April 1942, Aged 22
Plt/Off Lawrence Malcolm Leech, J/5490, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 16 April 1942
Plt/Off Harry Arthur Shortt, 100558, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 16 April 1942, Aged 25
Sgt Geoffrey Malcolm Charles Turner, 1251531, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 16 April 1942, Aged 21
Sgt Jack Ward, 1064100, Navigator / Observer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 16 April 1942

Source : Liam Venner and Adrian van Zantvoort and Chorley and Richard Schoutissen (researcher from the Netherlands)

Date record last updated : 28 March 2015


Wellington Mark I C Z8953 BU-?

Took off from Stradishall on a mission to Hamburg. Crashed in the North Sea. Sgt Boland is buried in Den Burg Cemetery on the Dutch Island of Texel; his five companions have no known graves.

Date of loss : 30 November 1941

Crew of Wellington Mark I C Z8953 BU-? consisted of :

Sgt John Robert Boland, 1054956, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 30 November 1941, Aged 24
Sgt Ronald William Ebsworth, 1257328, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 30 November 1941, Aged 35
Sgt Michael Joseph Fitzgerald, 1375074, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 30 November 1941, Aged 21
Sgt Gordon James Walter Fleming, 1380918, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 30 November 1941, Aged 21
Sgt Ian Arthur Flower, 1166146, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 30 November 1941
Sgt Herbert Leon Loveday, 1378203, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, KIA 30 November 1941, Aged 24

Source : Chorley

Date record last updated : 29 December 2010

Wellington Mark I C Z8979 BU-P

Flight was lost as part of the April Fool's tragedy on 1 April 1942. See note at top of page.

Mission: Take off 20:19 Hrs on Operation 'Lineshoot' to bomb railway yards in Hanau, Lohr
(35 Wellingtons and 14 Hampdens were to carry out attacks on railway targets. 22 aircraft reported that they had carried out this task but 12 Wellingtons and 1 Hampden were lost. Seven of the lost Wellingtons were from 214 Squadron, with a loss of 41 lives, and only 1 survivor.)


From L-R George Hickey, John Nash or Ralph Kitney, Irvine Eagleton and William Hayes


From L-R John Nash or Ralph Kitney, George Hickey, ? , ? , ?, William Hayes. Can anyone help us name the the rest of this crew please?

Date of loss : 2 April 1942

Crew of Wellington Mark I C Z8979 BU-P consisted of :

Sgt Irvine Leonard Eagleton, 923470, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : Australian, KIA 2 April 1942
Plt/Off Ronald William Stanley 'Ronnie' Hayes, 69424, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 25
FS Norman George Hickey, R/75890, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 22
Sgt George William Jackson, 930818, Observer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 20
Sgt Ralph Kitney, 931029, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 21
FS John Nash, 1378097, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 2 April 1942, Aged 21

Source : Liam Venner and Simon Dawes and Chorley's "Bomber Command Losses" 1942 volume and Ian Hunt and Doug Eagleton (great nephew of Irvine Eagleton)

Date record last updated : 27 February 2011


Wellington (model unknown) ??Cole

Wellington (model unknown) ??Cole (5 November 1940)


Target was Emden.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) ??Cole (5 November 1940) consisted of :

Sgt William Geoffrey Cole DFC, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Flt/Lt Jack Harold 'Shorty' Wetherly DFC MiD, 82716, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 30 March 1943, Aged 28


Source : Christopher Jary, Author - Portrait Of A Bomber Pilot.

Date record last updated : 29 June 2009


Wellington (model unknown) ??Eddison

The crew members who were KIA on 9 May 1941 were killed when crew of aircraft Wellington R1226, and not while part of this crew.

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) ??Eddison consisted of :

Sqn/Ldr Frank Leslie Herbert Eddison DFC, 39377, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 30
Sgt John Holt, 749319, Navigator / Observer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941
Sqn/Ldr Mervyn 'Taff' Leyshon AFC MiD, Non Comm 970070 Comm 103502, Co-pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : British
Sgt Cyril Paton, 904673, Front Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 22
Sgt Kennedy Tait, 974125, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 20
Sgt Arnot Flaws Wilson, 935907, Rear Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 9 May 1941, Aged 19

Source : Aled Leyshon (grandson of Mervyn Leyshon)

Date record last updated : 4 October 2009


Wellington Mark I C ??Enright

Wellington Mark I C ??Enright (22 December 1941)

This was the first air crew who were seconded to 215 Squadron on 22 Decmeber 1941.

Crew of Wellington Mark I C ??Enright (22 December 1941) consisted of :

Plt/Off R T Bowen, Navigator
Sgt Anthony John Browne, 643058, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 6 January 1942
Sgt C T Enright, A404312, Pilot
Plt/Off C Logan, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner
Sgt John Philpin Williams, 983072, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 6 January 1942, Aged 26

Source : Colin Burningham

Date record last updated : 16 June 2010


Wellington (model unknown) ??Glass

Wellington (model unknown) ??Glass (1941)

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) ??Glass (1941) consisted of :

Sgt Robert Raymond 'Ray' Glass DFC, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Flt/Lt Jack Harold 'Shorty' Wetherly DFC MiD, 82716, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 30 March 1943, Aged 28

Source : Christopher Jary, Author - Portrait Of A Bomber Pilot

Date record last updated : 28 June 2009


Wellington (model unknown) ??Lewendon

On 9 March 1942 this aircrew reported for duty with 215 Squadron at 150TU Harwell.

On 20 March 1942 the crew then departed Hampstead Norris for St Eval, en-route to India.

See Photo album 4 "The exodus of the 214 to the 215".

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) ??Lewendon consisted of :

FS L E Baxter, R/56098
Sgt C K Fawthrop, 986112
Sgt W E Lewendon, 1288221, Pilot
Sgt K G McClung, 1058693
Sgt J Newell, 642329
Plt/Off E W Self

Source : Colin Burningham

Date record last updated : 29 May 2010


Wellington (model unknown) ??Leyshon

Leyshon took over this crew from Sgt Smiles after they survived the crash of T2841 on 29 January 1941.

Leyshon had several co-pilots with this crew:
Sgt Evans
Sgt T Jones
Fg/Off Jenkins
Sgt Nicholls
Wg/Cdr Jordan
Sgt Ruoff

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) ??Leyshon consisted of :

Sgt M 'Jinx' Elelman, Rear Gunner
Sgt H Foster, Navigator / Observer
Sqn/Ldr Mervyn 'Taff' Leyshon AFC MiD, Non Comm 970070 Comm 103502, Pilot, Royal Air Force, Nationality : British
Sgt J R Turner, Front Gunner
Sgt T Yates, Wireless Operator

Source : Aled Leyshon (grandson of Mervyn Leyshon)

Date record last updated : 4 October 2009


Wellington (model unknown) ??McKeand

Wellington (model unknown) ??McKeand (1941)

Crew of Wellington (model unknown) ??McKeand (1941) consisted of :

FS George McKeand DFC DSO, 101511, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom
Flt/Lt Jack Harold 'Shorty' Wetherly DFC MiD, 82716, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Nationality : United Kingdom, KIA 30 March 1943, Aged 28


Source : Christopher Jary, Author - Portrait Of A Bomber Pilot

Date record last updated : 28 June 2009


Wellington Mark I C ??Smith

On 11 March 1942 this crew reported for duty with 215 Squadron at 150TU Harwell.

On 22 March 1942 Sgt H Smith was replaced by CO Wing Commander G Warrington at Harwell.

On 28 March 1942 the crew departed from Harwell to Portreath.

See Photo album 4 "The exodus of the 214 to the 215".

Crew of Wellington Mark I C ??Smith consisted of :

Sgt B G Brown, R/49849, Air Gunner
Sgt C T Enright, A404312, Pilot
Sgt A N Jenkins, R/70070, Observer
Plt/Off C Logan, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner
Sgt H Smith, 1377225, Pilot
Fg/Off William Gordon Venner, J88353 & R/54229, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force, Nationality : Canadian


Source : Colin Burningham

Date record last updated : 16 June 2010


Wellington Mark I C ??Williams

On 11 March 1942 This aircrew reported for duty with 215 Squadron at 150 TU Harwell.

On 20 March 1942 The crew departed Hampstead Norris for St Eval, en-route for India.

See Photo album 4 "The exodus of the 214 to the 215".

Crew of Wellington Mark I C ??Williams consisted of :

Sgt J A Dillow, 1381369, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner
Plt/Off R Fellows, 103575, Observer
FS C M Gillis, R/56399, Pilot
Sgt G Hill, 946109, Wireless Operator / Air Gunner
Sgt F B Kershaw, 701962, Air Gunner
FS J E Williams, R/67724, Pilot

Source : Colin Burningham

Date record last updated : 16 June 2010


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