156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Duren
Mission Date: 16/11/1944
Mission Comments: After a "Stand Down" since the 6th the Squadron returned to battle with a contribution of 11 aircraft for a daylight attack on DUREN. Including fighters nearly 3,000 British and US aircraft took part in this gigantic bombardment, the purpose of which was to assist the Allied Armies in a new drive on the Third Reich. The marking was reported as very good. W/C D.B.Falconer DFC AFC carried out duties as Long Stop over the target from 1528 to 1545 hours and did not drop TC Yellow smoke because the bombing was so good. Visibility at base on their return was very bad, and 4 aircraft landed here. The remainder were diverted alsewhere.
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
PB609  Lancaster III  W/C FALCONER  13:31  19.44  10000  17:55  04:24  T/o 1331 Upwood. Undershot and crashed 1755 on return to base, the Lancaster being damaged beyond repair. No injuries reported. The DFM gained by F/S Walker was gazetted on 19 January 1945.  DSCF0104 
PB375  Lancaster  F/Lt WILSON  13:36  15.29  10000  17:25  03:49    DSCF0104 
PB507  Lancaster  F/Lt DERAMORE-DENVER  13:42  15.44  10000  17:34  03:52    DSCF0104 
PB505  Lancaster III  F/Lt KITSON  13:55  15.56  10000  17:36  03:41    DSCF0104 
ND875  Lancaster  F/Lt PELLY  13:30  15.38  9500  17:22  03:52    DSCF0105 
ND808  Lancaster  F/Lt NICHOLLS  13:39  15.29  10000  18:15  04:36    DSCF0105 
PB675  Lancaster III  S/L LETFORD  13:39  15.41  12000  18:15  04:36    DSCF0105 
PB621  Lancaster III  S/L COCHRANE  13:45  15.31  11000  18:28  04:43    DSCF0105 
PB560  Lancaster  F/Lt LEWIS  14:00  15.37  10000  17:27  03:27    DSCF0105 
PB517  Lancaster III  F/Lt MASON  13:29  15.31  10,000  17:35  04:06    DSCF0106 
PB186  Lancaster III  F/Lt JAMES  13:33  15.32  8,900  17:24  03:51    DSCF0106