AR banner
Search Tips Advanced Search
Back to Top

Info LogoAdd to or correct this story with a few clicks.
Archive Report: Allied Forces

Compiled from official National Archive and Service sources, contemporary press reports, personal logbooks, diaries and correspondence, reference books, other sources, and interviews.
Check our Research databases: Database List


We seek additional information and photographs. Please contact us via the Helpdesk.

No. 9 Squadron
04.09.1939 No. 9 Squadron Wellington MkI L4268 WE-? Fl/Sgt. Borley

Mission: Brunsbuttel, Germany

Date: 4th September 1939 (Monday)

Unit: No. 9 Squadron

Type: Wellington I

Serial: L4268

Code: WS-?

Base: RAF Honington, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Location: Off the German coast, North Sea

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Ian Edward Maitland Borley 365199. RAF Age 30. Missing

Obs: Fl/Sgt. George Miller. 580160 RAF Age 27. Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Cpl. George William Park 524855. RAF Age 23. Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: LAC. Harry Dore. 531093 RAF Age 19. Missing

Air/Gnr: AC2. Robert Henderson. 618765 RAF Age 25. Missing

Wellingtons Mk 1 of 9 Squadron. Detailed model of Kiel harbour and district, Germany made by the RAF Model Making Section. Kiel harbour


Took off from RAF Honington 16:05hrs as No. 2 of Sqd/Ldr Lambs section to attack the battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau at Brunsbuttel harbour at the mouth of the Kiel Canal. The aircraft reached the target area which was covered in low cloud and it is believed that Wellington L4268 was shot down by flak or may have been attacked by German Bf109s and crashed into the sea. Both battleships were undamaged. This crew were some of the first casualties of the WW2, war having been declared the day before.

Further research has identified that two Wellingtons, this aircraft and Wellington I L4275 WS-H were claimed on this date and location by either:
Feldwebel Hans Troitzsch 6/JG77 - Brunsbuttel at 17:25
or Feldwebel Alfred Held 6/JG77 - Brunsbuttel at 17:15
(OKL Fighter Claims for the Reich & Western Front 1939-40)

Battle cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst the targets for this raid were undamaged

Runnymede Memorial, Surrey

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Ian Edward Maitland Borley. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 1. Son of Frederick and Annie Borley. Husband of Jean Borley of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Born in Dublin in 1909

Fl/Sgt. George Miller. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 1. Son of William Alexander and Margaret Simpson Miller of Portobello, Midlothian. At the time of his death George's address was 80 Brunstane Road, Portobello

Cpl. George William Park. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 2. Son of Thomas and Alice Maud Park of Redmire, Yorkshire. George is remembered on the Redmire St. Mary's War Memorial

LAC. Harry Dore. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 2. Son of Harry and Marion Dore of Edinburgh

AC2. Robert Henderson. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 3. Son of Robert and Hannah Henderson of Blyth, Northumberland

Researched by: Kate Tame for aircrewremembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew. Sources as quoted below as well as UK National Archives AIR 27/125, Martin W Bowman - Bombs Away. Thanks to John Jones for the fight claim information.

RS 22.03.2019 - Update to include German fighter claims

Pages of Outstanding Interest
History Airborne Forces •  Soviet Night Witches •  Bomber Command Memories •  Abbreviations •  Gardening Codenames
CWGC: Your Relative's Grave Explained •  USA Flygirls •  Axis Awards Descriptions •  'Lack Of Moral Fibre'
Concept of Colonial Discrimination  •  Unauthorised First Long Range Mustang Attack
RAAF Bomb Aimer Evades with Maquis •  SOE Heroine Nancy Wake •  Fane: Motor Racing PRU Legend
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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
Click any image to enlarge it

Click to add your info via ticket on Helpdesk •Click to let us know via ticket on Helpdesk• Click to buy research books from Amazon •Click to explore the entire site
If you would like to comment on this page, please do so via our Helpdesk. Use the Submit a Ticket option to send your comments. After review, our Editors will publish your comment below with your first name, but not your email address.

A word from the Editor: your contribution is important. We welcome your comments and information. Thanks in advance.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them. - Laurence Binyon
All site material (except as noted elsewhere) is owned or managed by Aircrew Remembered and should not be used without prior permission.
© Aircrew Remembered 2012 - 2024
Last Modified: 10 March 2021, 16:29

Monitor Additions/Changes?Click to be informed of changes to this page. Create account for first monitor only, thereafter very fast. Click to close without creating monitor