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21/22.02.1941 No. 149 Squadron Wellington IC R1045 OJ-M F/O. Henderson

Operation: Wilhelmshaven

Date: 21/22nd February 1941 (Friday/Saturday)

Unit: No: 149 Squadron

Type: Wellington IC

Serial: R1045

Code: OJ-M

Base: Mildenhall

Location: No further details – lost without trace

Pilot 1: F/O. Ian Stuart Henderson 33406 R.A.F. Age 23. Missing

Pilot 2: Sgt. William Pryce Jinks 745105 R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Missing

Obs: Sgt. William Holland Macleod 904361 R.A.F.V.R. Age 23. Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Fred May 754677 R.A.F.V.R. Age 25. Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. James Patrick Redmond 975988 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Missing

Air/Gnr (mid upper): Sgt. James Stewart 945565 R.A.F.V.R. Age 27. Missing

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off from R.A.F. Mildenhall at 18.25 hrs to attack the “U” Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven. The aircraft was lost without trace and no claims have been established for any of the losses on this raid. It is probable that it was brought down by the heavy flak defences in the area.

                                         

A total of 54 Wellington’s took part with 19 actually bombing the target area. No details were available of damage to the town (shown above)

                                             

Mid-upper gunner of Wellington R1045 Sgt. James Stewart (courtesy Jo Graham)

This was one of two aircraft lost on this raid – the other a Wellington IC T2503 OJM from 75 squadron flown by P/O. Arthur Falconer was also lost without trace, together with all six crew. 

Another Wellington IC T2547 crashed on landing, colliding with a fence near the airfield perimeter – all crew survived.


Burial details:

None, classed as missing.

F/O. Ian Stuart Henderson. Runnymede Memorial Panel 30. Son of Randall Walter and Annie Maude Henderson, of Herne Bay, Kent, England.

Sgt. William Pryce Jinks. Runnymede Memorial Panel 46. Son of Frederick Henry and Elizabeth Jinks, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Sgt. William Holland Macleod. Runnymede Memorial Panel 47. Son of William and Christina Macleod, of Brora, Sutherlandshire, Scotland.

Sgt. Fred May. Runnymede Memorial Panel 48.Son of Fred and Sarah Jane May, of Oldham, Lancashire, England.

Sgt. James Patrick Redmond. Runnymede Memorial Panel 51. N.o.K details not currently available.

Sgt. James Stewart. Runnymede Memorial Panel 52. Son of James Cameron Stewart and Janet Christian (nee Hardie) Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.

Researched for Jo Graham and for other relatives / friends of the crew. With thanks to the following, Bill Chorley – “Bomber Command Losses Vol 2”, the C.W.G.C.


Acknowledgments: 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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