156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Chemnitz
Mission Date: 14/02/1945
Mission Comments: 16 aircraft detailed for a night attack on CHEMNITZ in two waves, with a three hour interval. 9 aircraft attacked in the first wave in conditions of 10/10ths cloud. The marking was consequently very thin. Skymarking was resorted, but the bombing was rather scattered. Five aircraft were shot down on this raid. The second wave of 7 aircraft. The weather again hindered this attack. The Wanganui flares were the only markers seen and provided only a very meagre guide for bombing. All proceeded and returned.
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
PB560  Lancaster  S/L COCHRANE  17:26  21.08  17500  00:48  07:22    DSCF0216 
PB403  Lancaster III  F/Lt WILSON  17:27  21.02  19000  00:49  07:22  Blind Marker. Task. CHEMNITZ (1st Attack). Target attacked at 2058 hrs from 18000 ft. As we ran in we saw some illuminating flares well concentrated and in the centre 1 TI Green on the ground. Our H2S was U/S so we bombed on the TI Green. After bombing, we saw more TI Green falling vertically. It was possible to see through the clouds and the first TI Green seemed to be between the A/P and the lake on North West of town. One photo attempted.  DSCF0216 
PA966  Lancaster  F/Lt LEWIS  17:29  20.58  18000  00:26  06:57  Blind Marker. Task. CHEMNITZ (1st Attack). Target attacked at 2058 hrs from 18000 ft. As we ran in we saw some illuminating flares well concentrated and in the centre 1 TI Green on the ground. Our H2S was U/S so we bombed on the TI Green. After bombing, we saw more TI Green falling vertically. It was possible to see through the clouds and the first TI Green seemed to be between the A/P and the lake on North West of town. One photo attempted.  DSCF0216 
ME377  Lancaster  S/L LETFORD  17:30  20.57  18000  00:19  06:49    DSCF0216 
PB701  Lancaster III  F/Lt PELLY  17:33  21.04  18000  00:34  07:01    DSCF0216 
PB375  Lancaster  F/Lt TODD  17:27  21.01  16000  00:53  07:26    DSCF0217 
PB611  Lancaster  F/Lt JAMES  17:31  21.13  16400  00:45  07:14    DSCF0217 
SW259  Lancaster  F/Lt NICHOLLS  17:33  20.54  18500  00:24  06:51    DSCF0217 
ND929  Lancaster  F/Lt GRANT  18:04  20.57  17000  00:50  06:46    DSCF0217 
PB517  Lancaster III  F/Lt HISCOCK  20:43  0.25  18000  04:00  07:17  2nd Attack  DSCF0217 
PB468  Lancaster III  F/Lt DERAMORE-DENVER  20:46  .35  18000  04:36  07:50    DSCF0218 
ME368  Lancaster  S/L GRIFFIN  20:49      04:16  07:27    DSCF0218 
ND591  Lancaster  F/O WALLACE  20:50  .32  18000  04:30  07:40    DSCF0218 
PB507  Lancaster  F/Lt MASON  20:52  .30  18000  04:27  07:35    DSCF0218 
PB593  Lancaster  F/Lt WALLACE  20:53  .34  18000  04:29  07:36    DSCF0218 
ME378  Lancaster  F/Lt KITSON  20:45  .27  18400  04:19  07:34    DSCF0219