156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Russelsheim
Mission Date: 12/08/1944
Mission Comments: 10 aircraft detailed for night operations on RUSSELHEIM, 15 proceeded. Two aircraft missing F/L J.N. McDonald DFM and S/L G.C. Hemmings DFC and crew.
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
PB302  Lancaster III  F/Lt ETCHELLS  21:56  0.08  19000  02:32  04:36    DSCF0311 
PB209  Lancaster III  F/Lt MCDONALD  22:01          T/o 2201 Upwood. All are buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery. F/L McDonald RAAF had gained his DFM flying Wellingtons in the Middle East with 148 Squadron, details appearing in the London Gazette on 22 January 1943.  DSCF0311 
ND591  Lancaster  F/Lt NEAL  21:57  0.07  17700  02:37  04:40    DSCF0312 
PA966  Lancaster  F/Lt CLELAND  21:59  0.09  17000  02:30  04:31    DSCF0312 
ND618  Lancaster III  P/O CUTHILL  22:00  0.15  16500  02:52  04:52    DSCF0312 
ND477  Lancaster  S/L DWEN  22:03  0.17  18000  02:54  04:51    DSCF0312 
PB177  Lancaster III  S/L ATTWATER  22:02      02:39  04:37    DSCF0313 
ND444  Lancaster III  S/L HEMMINGS  22:04          T/o 2204 Upwood. All rest in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. F/O Hill had previously flown with 51 Squadron, his DFM being Gazetted on 9 July 1943. F/O Taylor was flying in the capacity of second navigator.  DSCF0313 
NE119  Lancaster  F/Lt WILSON  22:05  0.18  14000  02:51  04:46    DSCF0313 
NE132  Lancaster  F/Lt T'HART  22:05  0.13  17800  02:47  04:42    DSCF0313 
PB186  Lancaster III  W/C FALCONER  21:56  0.10  17500  02:35  04:39    DSCF0314 
ND808  Lancaster  F/Lt KITSON  21:57  0.11  16000  02:43  04:46    DSCF0314 
ND875  Lancaster  S/L CLAYTON  21:58  0.12  17800  02:46  04:48    DSCF0314 
ND978  Lancaster III  F/Lt TEMPLE  21:59  0.07  20000  02:26  04:27    DSCF0314 
ND534  Lancaster III  F/Lt MASON  22:01  0.10  18000  02:57  04:56    DSCF0314