156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Essen
Mission Date: 2/06/1942
Mission Comments: Twelve aircraft detailed for operations. Eleven took off in presence of A.O.C. One aircraft returned early (P/O SMITH) and one failed to return (SGT POWELL) (19th sortie).
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
X3422  Wellington III  S/L COLLIER  00:05  01.55  15000  04:05      031 
X3741  Wellington  Sgt. POTTS  23:45  1.47  10000  04:30      031 
DV812  Wellington I C  Sgt. THOMPSON  23:45  1.47  10000  04:30      031 
X3742  Wellington  Sgt. KELHAM  23:50      04:05    Task Essen 'B'. After evasive action over target bombed on built up area NW of TR fix for Essen. 031 
X3677  Wellington  P/O GREEN  23:50  1.49  12500  04:05      031 
X3728  Wellington III  F/Lt GILMOUR  23:55  1.55  15000  04:25      031 
X3339  Wellington III  Sgt. SMITH  23:55      02:30    Task Essen 'B' Sortie abandoned owing to Stbd engine trouble.
Bombs jettisoned 52.18N 02.24 E safe. One bomb exploded. 
031 
DV813  Wellington  P/O MACLACHLAN  23:30  2.00  12000  05:00      032 
DV739  Wellington  F/Sgt WOOF  23:30  2.08  13500  04:40    Task Essen 'B'. Bombed centre of target 0208 hrs from 13,500' Results not seen. few scattered fires in target area.
Flares encountered SE of target. One photograph attempted while taking evasive action.
After bombing coned at 13,500' and forced down to 2500' before getting clear.
Continued down to 500' before setting course for home. 
032 
DV786  Wellington I C  Sgt. POWELL  23:38          Task Essen 'B'. This aircraft failed to return.
Nothing was heard from it subsequent to take off.

T/o 2338 Alconbury.Crashed at Brussegem (Brabant), 12 km NW of Brussels. All are buried in Brussels Town Cemetery. 
032 
Z1108  Wellington  Sgt. JAMES  23:45  1.43  14000  04:15      032