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10/11.05.1941 No. 115 Squadron Wellington IC R1379 KO-B Sgt. Anderson

Operation: Hamburg. 

Date: 10/11th May 1941 (Saturday/Sunday)

Unit: No. 115 Squadron

Type: Wellington IC.

Serial: R1379. 

Coded: KO - B 

Base: RAF Marham, Norfolk

Location: Near Toenning, Schlesnil, Holstein

Pilot: Sgt. John Anderson. 969380. RAFVR Age 26. Killed.

Fl/Eng: Sgt. A. McKerr. RAAF PoW No: 182 Stalag Kupernikus

Nav: Sgt. William J. A. Legg. RAF (Severely Injured) PoW 

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Geoff W. Hogg. RAF PoW  No: 34 Stalag Kupernikus

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. A.B. Morgan. RAF PoW No: 33 Stalag Kupernikus

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Dave W. Fraser. RAF PoW  No: 36 Stalag Kupernikus

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took-off at 22.17 hrs from Marham. Shot down by a night-fighter (Lt Echart-Wilhelm von Bonin, II/NJG1.) after being coned in searchlights over Toenning Germany. This was von Bonin's first night victory. On the 10th May 1991, at a special ceremony at Hohn Air Base, Germany, three of the survivors, including Sgt. Legg, were introduced to Eckart-Wilhelm von Bonin. His death was reported in January 1992.

Pilot - Sgt. John Anderson (courtesy Pete Jeaner via Michel Beckers)

The crew of Wellington R1379 - Sgt. Geoff Hogg on the left, Sgt. William Legg is on the extreme right who, the other crew thought, was dead actually landed the aircraft. Sgt. Dave Fraser 3rd from the left. 

Three photos of the crash of R1379. Note: the souvenir hunters have already cut out the fabric of the roundels for the NJG1 trophy room. 

                                                               

Above left, Lt Echart-Wilhelm von Bonin Right, David Fraser - in 2008 

Burial Details:

Sgt. John Anderson is buried at Hamburg Cemetery, Plot 4A. Row H. Grave 11. Son of Howard Allen Anderson and Jane Anderson, of Aberdeen, Scotland.

With thanks to Mike Harrison for further research and to David Fraser for the photo of the crew and self. With thanks to the following: Pete Jeaner, Michel Beckers, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol. 2', Martin Middlebrook 'Bomber Command War Diaries'. The CWGC.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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