156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Essen
Mission Date: 5/06/1942
Mission Comments: Thirteen aircraft detailed for operations. Twelve aircraft took off (10 to Essen) on operations and two failed to return (P/O SMITH Capt. 29th Sortie and SGT THOMSON Capt. 23rd Sortie)
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
DV785  Wellington  Sgt. TAYLOR  22:50      02:00    Sortie abandoned 52.06N 04.80E 0030 hrs. 9,500' due to port engine overheating and tail unit vibration. Enemy fighter approached but shaken off without action.  032 
DV739  Wellington  Sgt. JAMES  22:50  01.18  12,500  04:50    01.50 hrs. approached by T.E enemy aircraft. Two burst were fired at itcand it was then shaken off by evasive action.  032 
HF918  Wellington I C  F/Sgt TERRIS  22:53  1.10  16000  03:40    Arrived in target area too early.
Bombed last resort target at Hamborn 0110 hrs from 16,000' 
032 
DV812  Wellington I C  Sgt. THOMPSON  23:00          T/o 2300 Alconbury. Shot down by a night fighter (Hptm Helmut Lent, II./NJG2) and crashed 0037 in the Ijsselmeer, S of Hoorn. Three are buried in Dutch cemeteries, but Sgt Whelan and Sgt Mason are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.  032 
X3741  Wellington  Sgt. POTTS  23:05  1.30  14000  05:05      032 
X3742  Wellington  Sgt. KELHAM  23:10  1.20  9000  03:45      032 
X3677  Wellington  P/O GREEN  23:10  1.17  14000  04:10    Large fires seen from 70 miles on return.
A/C hit on bomb doors by flak. Nieuport 0305 hrs 11,000' 
032 
X3728  Wellington III  F/Lt GILMOUR  23:10  01.15  15000  04:10    Task Essen 'B'. Bombed primary from 15,000 at 0115 hrs. on T.R. fix.
Bursts not observed owing to having been coned by s/lts. One photo attempted.
Intense heavy and light flak co-operating with cones of s/lts.
a/c held by cone for 20 minutes 0120 hrs at 12,000'
one a/c seen in cone catch fire and explode on striking the ground. 
032 
X3339  Wellington III  P/O SMITH  23:14          Nothing was heard of this aircraft after time of take off

T/o 2314 Alconbury. Crashed near Geldern, where the crew were first buried. Since the cessation of hostilities, their remains have been taken to the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. 
032 
X3422  Wellington III  P/O WOOF  23:15  1.24  13000  03:30    Arnhem 0048 hrs. 11,000' E/A approached from astern, but shaken off in evasive action.  032