156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Karlsruhe
Mission Date: 4/12/1944
Mission Comments: 16 aircraft detailed for night attack on KARLSRUHE. The attacked opened in 10/10ths cloud and the early bombing was reported as rather scattered. As the cloud thinned, reports gave a picture of good TI concentration and a fair concentration of bombs and incens. A big explosion and large fires were later seen.
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
PB675  Lancaster III  S/L LETFORD  16:55  19.26  18000  22:13  05:18    DSCF0132 
PB565  Lancaster  F/Lt LEWIS  17:02  19.28  18000  22:15  05:13  Visual Centrer. Task KARLSRUHE. Target attacked at 1928.12 hrs from 18.000 ft. As aircraft came in, No TI's seen, so could not act as Visual Centrer and reverted to Main Force. As aircraft left target area, on looking back through a gap and below cloud, the river could be seen and built up area on East bank seen and even the lay out of streets in the light of Red and Green TI's (Red predominating), faitly scattered and if fires. THe built up area appeared well alight. Some fires on the West side of th river also, but cloud obscured good observation of this area. Moderate heavy flak, bursting below aircraft and spasmodic. 1 FW 190, 1 unidentified twin engine aircraft and several unidentified jet aircraft reports, all over target. One photo attempted. Bomb Load 2 x 250 TI Green A2.2 x 250 TI Green LB 897/1500. 1x 4,000 HC MINOL. 6 x 1,000 MVC TD 025.  DSCF0132 
ND929  Lancaster  F/Lt HARRIS  17:07  19.32  19000  22:51  05:44    DSCF0132 
PB621  Lancaster III  F/Lt DERAMORE-DENVER  17:09  19.37  18000  22:34  05:25    DSCF0132 
PB517  Lancaster III  F/Lt WILLIAMS  16:57  19.27  18000  22:25  05:28    DSCF0133 
PB611  Lancaster  F/Lt EVANS  16:57  19.27  18000  22:23  05:26    DSCF0133 
PB375  Lancaster  F/Lt POPE  16:59  19.26  18000  22:31  05:32    DSCF0133 
PB507  Lancaster  F/Lt MASON  17:01  19.28  18000  22:26  05:25    DSCF0133 
PB593  Lancaster  F/O CORNELIUS  17:06  19.42  18000  22:56  05:50    DSCF0133 
PB186  Lancaster III  F/O BOGGIANO  16:58  19.28  18000  22:24  05:26    DSCF0134 
ND875  Lancaster  F/O WALLACE  17:04      22:29  05:25  Could not bomb as main bombing set fuse and spare were missing  DSCF0134 
ND591  Lancaster  F/Lt NICHOLLS  17:05  19.42    22:53  05:48    DSCF0134 
NE119  Lancaster  F/O PELLY  17:08  19.28  18000  22:28  05:20    DSCF0134 
PB468  Lancaster III  F/Lt JAMES  17:11  19.28  18000  22:41  05:30    DSCF0134 
PB505  Lancaster III  F/O HOLLAWAY  17:09  19.38  18000  22:46  05:37    DSCF0135 
NE120  Lancaster  F/O WALLACE  17:10      23:03  05:53    DSCF0135