156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Gardening
Mission Date: 6/07/1942
Mission Comments: Ten aircraft detailed for gardening operations. All took off but Sgt. ATTWATER & crew and Sgt. GALLEY and crew failed to return. Both were 'Freshmen' Sorties.
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
X3728  Wellington III  F/Lt GILMOUR  23:30      05:00    Unable to pinpoint position. Intercom u/s believed due moisture from rain.  043 
X3710  Wellington III  P/O BRIGHT  23:30  02.45  450  05:10      043 
Z1620  Wellington  Sgt. JAMES  23:35  2.45  650  05:40      043 
Z1660  Wellington III  P/O GREENUP  23:35  2.43  500  05:05      043 
X3672  Wellington III  Sgt. HODGSON  23:35  2.52  400  06:05    PLOUHVNEE 0250 hrs. 1000ft. aircraft hit by light flak in base of turret and centre of fuselage. One s/lt. shot out by rear gunner.  043 
X3422  Wellington III  S/L COLLIER  23:35  2.34  700  05:00    A/c seen to crash and burst into flames on mainland 4742 N 0319W.  043 
X3798  Wellington III  F/Sgt HARKER  23:40  2.49  1000  05:30      043 
Z1659  Wellington III  P/O CASE  23:40  2.49  1000  05:15      043 
Z1576  Wellington III  Sgt. ATTWATER  23:57          T/o 2357 Alconbury to lay mines in French waters off Lorient. Crashed in the target area. All are buried in Lorient (kerentrech) Communal Cemetery. Both crews were making their operational debut.  043 
X3345  Wellington III  Sgt. GALLEY  23:59          T/o 2359 Alconbury to lay mines in French waters off Lorient. Crashed in the target area. All are buried in Lorient (kerentrech) Communal Cemetery. Sgt Alexander's parents lived in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Both crews were making their operational debut.  044