156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Mannheim
Mission Date: 1/03/1945
Mission Comments: 11 aircraft detailed for a daylight attack on MANNHEIM. 1 aircraft returned early (S/L J. A. Robertson). The whole attack was late as the Main Force were behind time. The Squadron orbited until the Main Force arrived. A good concentration of blue smoke puffs was kept up. Owing to weather 10/10ths tops 10/12,000 feet, the bombing could not be assessed, but the aircraft concentration seemed good. Engine in F/O Keeler's aircraft cut out 50 minutes from the target, but he arrived on time and returned to base on three engines. He believes his aircraft was hit by pieces of an aircraft which blew up. An engine also failed in F/O Boggiano's aircraft two hours from the target. He pressed on and bombed late. He was picked up by our fighters as a straggler, and again escorted from the target. He sucessfully crept back and landed at base 1 hour 20 mins after the others had landed.
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
PA966  Lancaster  S/L ROBERTSON  12:20      15:07  02:47  Task MANNHEIM. Abortive. Starboard engine oil pressure failure. 6 x 1000 MC 5021N 0000E 1350 hrs 11,000 ft safe. To lighten aircraft for landing.  DSCF0238 
PB517  Lancaster III  F/Lt POPE  12:29  15:05  18000  17:40  05:11    DSCF0238 
PB560  Lancaster  F/Lt JACKSON  12:32  15.07  17500  17:49  05:17    DSCF0238 
PB403  Lancaster III  F/O KEELER  12:36  15:10  16000  18:11  05:35  Extract - One engine U/S and also H2S U/S. Believed aircraft hit by pieces of an aircraft which blew up.  DSCF0238 
ND591  Lancaster  F/O BOGGIANO  12:25  15.14  18.50  18:50  06:25  Task MANNHEIM. Target attacked at 1514 hrs from 6,800 ft. Aircraft ran in on three engines. Height could not be maintained which accounts for bombing at 6,800 feet. Own fighters picked up aircraft as a straggler before target and also again after bombing.

[ED] - See DFC award for Boggiano related to this mission 
PB611  Lancaster  F/Lt JAMES  12:31  15.05  17600  17:38  05:07    DSCF0239 
ME368  Lancaster  F/Lt NEAL  12:33  15.08  18400  17:30  04:57    DSCF0239 
PB593  Lancaster  F/Lt MASON  12:34  15:15  18000  17:51  05:17    DSCF0239 
ND875  Lancaster  F/Lt PAULL  12:27  15:09  18400  17:42  05:15    DSCF0240 
PB468  Lancaster III  F/Lt DOWNES  12:32  15:11  18400  17:54  05:22    DSCF0240 
ND438  Lancaster  F/Lt GRANT  12:35  15.09  18000  17:57  05:22    DSCF0240