25/26.02.1942 No. 12 Squadron Wellington II W5440 P/O. Bairstowe
Date: 25/26th February 1942 (Wednesday/Thursday)
Unit: No. 12 Squadron
Type: Wellington II
Base: RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire.
Location: Eckernförde Bucht off Surendorf, 18 km North-North-West of Kiel
Pilot: P/O. Edward Akeroyd Bairstowe 64907 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
Pilot 2: Sgt. George Edward Fox 1204720 RAFVR Age 30. Killed
Obs: P/O. Eric Tunnington 102614 RAFVR Age 31. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Rupert Vivian Pereira Ennor 1199110 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Frederick John Wakefield 1180917 RAFVR Age 25. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. George Selwyn Long-Innes AUS/402293 RAAF Age 34. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off just before midnight to attack the floating docks at Kiel. 61 Aircraft (43 Wellingtons, 12 Manchesters and 6 Stirlings) took part in what the records from Kiel describe as a"revenge attack" by the RAF. After the Allied failure to prevent the Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen leaving the port of Brest.
The raid resulted in about 130 people killed on the accommodation ship Monte Sarmiento after it was hit and a further 16 people killed in the town.
The allies lost 3 Wellingtons on this raid with 2 other Wellingtons and a Stirling crashing on return to England. No claims from the Luftwaffe night fighters for these and it is though that they were all brought down by flak. Wellington W5440 has reported as shot down over the target area.
Further research reveals that it was brought down over Eckernförde Bucht off Surendorf, 18 km North-North-West of Kiel.
P/O. Edward Akeroyd Bairstowe. Kiel War Cemetery Collective grave 1F. 6-8. Son of Harold and Rebecca Bairstow, of Bridlington, Yorkshire, England.
Sgt. George Edward Fox. Kiel War Cemetery Grave 1D.12. Son of Edward and Harriet Fox, husband of Alice Fox, of West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England.
P/O. Eric Tunnington. Kiel War Cemetery Collective grave 1F. 6-8. Son of Arthur and Margaret Helen Tunnington, of Liverpool, husband of Mary Millicent Tunnington, of Liverpool, England. Bank official, amateur international football player.
Sgt. Rupert Vivian Pereira Ennor. Kiel War Cemetery Collective grave 1F. 6-8. Son of Wilfred Charles and Mercedes de Gloria Pereira Ennor.
Sgt. Frederick John Wakefield. Kiel War Cemetery Collective grave 1F. 6-8. Son of Mr and Mrs. H. C. Wakefield, of Bristol, England.
Sgt. George Selwyn Long-Innes. Kiel War Cemetery Grave 1D.11. Son of the Hon. Mr. Justice Reginald Heath Long-Innes and Mary Louise Long-Innes, of Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.
Researched for Glen Fox and relatives of the crew. With thanks to the following sources.