156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Koln
Mission Date: 30/05/1942
Mission Comments: Seventeen aircraft were detailed for maximum effort on COLOGNE. Seventeen N.F.T.'s were carried out and sixteen aircraft operated with highly sucessful results. Two aircraft failed to return from this raid, the heaviest of the war to date. (1100 aircraft)
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
DV813  Wellington  P/O MACLACHLAN  23:40  02.00  10000  05:05    Task Cologne. Full moon vis perfect.
Ground detail clearly seen. Attacked at 02.00 hrs from 10,000'
Bursts obscured by fires and smoke.
Whole town appeared to be on fire. Few ineffective s/lt and very little flak encountered.
Bomb load 1 x 1000 lb. and 3 x 500 lb G.P. 
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DV814  Wellington  Sgt. MAYHEW  00:05  2.10  11000  05:10    Bombs fell in East of river one mile from aiming point.
Rear gunner saw three parachutes in s/lts. 02.20 hrs. light flak firing at two of them. 
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X3422  Wellington III  Sgt. BRIGHT  23:05  01.06  12500  03:45      027 
X3742  Wellington  Sgt. KELHAM  23:07  01.00  15000  03:27      027 
X3598  Wellington III  P/O BAIN  23:15          T/o 2315 Alconbury. Shot down by a night fighter and crashed 0035 into the Oosterschelde W of Tholen. All are buried in Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, the two RCAF pilots resting in the Canadian section.  027 
DV786  Wellington I C  F/Sgt TERRIS  23:20  1.30  16000  07:10    Task Cologne. Rear gunner saw bomb burts. Target appeared mass of flames. No flak or searchlights.
20 miles W of Cologne 0115 hrs. A/C seen in flames in air and burst on hilly ground. 
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X3677  Wellington  P/O GREEN  23:20  01.20  12000  04:50      027 
X3741  Wellington  Sgt. POTTS  23:20  01.15  16000  04:00    Task Cologne. Primary identified and attacked 0115 hrs from 16,500'.
Rear gunner observed bursts across target area.
Whole town appeared well alight and fires seen from 100 miles on return.
One a/c seen shot down in flames 10 miles NW Cologne 0112 hrs (flak)
Another hit by flak exploded in mid air over Cologne 0125 hrs.
Bomb load 810 x 4 lb Incens. 
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X3339  Wellington III  P/O SMITH  23:25      01:40    Returned early due to failure of P4 compass.  027 
DV799  Wellington  Sgt. OWEN  23:30  01.30  15000  04:45      027 
Z1108  Wellington  F/Sgt SHILLETO  23:45  1.40  15000  04:10      027 
HF918  Wellington I C  Sgt. POWELL  23:53  2.20  11000  05:40      027 
DV715  Wellington I C  Sgt. MALIN  23:55          To 2355 Alconbury. Came down at Vorden (Gelderland), 8km SE of Zutphen, Holland. All are buried in Vorden General Cemetery.  027 
DV739  Wellington  P/O WOOF  23:55  1.48  12500  04:50    Primary attacked from 12,500' at 01.48 hrs.
Eindhoven 01.10 hrs - 14,000' S/E E/A attack from astern shaken off.
Beverloo 0214 hrs 11000' a/c seen to explode in air.
Molle 0220 hrs. 11000' a/c seen falling in flames over target. 
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DV812  Wellington I C  Sgt. THOMPSON  23:59  2.15  12000  05:25      027 
X3728  Wellington III  F/Lt GILMOUR  23:00  01.10  12000  03:40    Primary attacked 0110 hrs from 12,000. Bombs seen to burst in southern area of old town.
E/A seen 300 yards astern, but lost on avoiding action. 
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