156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Goch
Mission Date: 7/02/1945
Mission Comments: 16 aircraft detailed for night operations against enemy troop concentrations at GOCH, in the Western Front Battle Area. 1 aircraft bogged at takeoff and did not proceed. The raid was sucessfully controlled by S/L A.W.G. Cochrane DSO DFC and Bar as Master Bomber, and F/L T.S. Harris was Deputy. The marking appeared quite good throughout, and the bombing well concentrated. Towards the end of the raid the Master Bomber called off the attack because the target and TI's became obscured by smoke and the bombing was getting a little loose. The Master Bomber was involved in a collision whilst orbiting the target and the aircraft sustained damage, losing the port wing tip, but returned safely to base.
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
ND875  Lancaster  S/L COCHRANE  19:48  22.08    01:40  05:52  [ED] - See 2nd Bar to DFC Commendation awarded to S/L Cochrane regarding this mission.  DSCF0205 
PB507  Lancaster  F/Lt MASON  19:36  22.10  10,000  00:20  04:44    DSCF0206 
PB468  Lancaster III  F/Lt HARRIS  19:41      00:31  04:50    DSCF0206 
PB593  Lancaster  F/Lt WALLACE  19:42      00:25  04:43    DSCF0206 
PB403  Lancaster III  F/Lt WILSON  19:43  22.18  10000  00:28  04:45    DSCF0206 
ME377  Lancaster  S/L GRIFFIN  19:47  22.19  5000  00:37  04:50    DSCF0206 
NE120  Lancaster  F/Lt NEAL  19:29  22.07  4900  00:11  04:42  Blind Illuminator  DSCF0207 
PB560  Lancaster  F/Lt JACKSON  19:33  22.10  5000  00:35  05:02  Blind Illuminator  DSCF0207 
PB517  Lancaster III  F/Lt POPE  19:34  22.09  3800  00:10  04:36  Blind Illuminator  DSCF0207 
SW259  Lancaster  F/O EDGE  19:40  22.14  4500  00:33  04:53  Blind Illuminator  DSCF0207 
PB375  Lancaster  F/Lt WILSON  19:45  22.15  3500  01:17  05:32    DSCF0208 
ND591  Lancaster  F/O BOGGIANO  19:46      00:39  04:53    DSCF0208 
PA966  Lancaster  S/L ROBERTSON  19:46  20.25  5000  00:39  04:53  Blind Illuminator. Task GOCH. Abortive. On first run, there was 10/10ths cloud so did not drop flares. No instructions were heard so did run up under cloud. Saw no TI's. On third run, heard Master Bomber say "Call Off" so did not bomb. On last run at 2025 hrs we saw TI Red and Green very scattered. Bombing appeared spread out. Bomb load 10 CP No.3 Hooded B. 4 x 1,000 MC TD 025.  DSCF0208 
PB701  Lancaster III  F/Lt PELLY  19:47  22.20  5500  00:19  04:32    DSCF0208 
NG438  Lancaster  F/Lt DERAMORE-DENVER  19:44  22.17  5000  00:13  04:29    DSCF0209