10/11.05.1941 No. 115 Squadron Wellington IC R1379 KO-B Sgt. Anderson
Date: 10/11th May 1941 (Saturday/Sunday)
Unit: No. 115 Squadron
Type: Wellington IC.
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
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.