156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Hamburg
Mission Date: 8/03/1945
Mission Comments: 16 aircraft detailed for night operations against the U-Boat docks of Hamburg. 1 aircraft did not proceed owing to brake trouble. The raid was directed by S/L P.F. Clayton DSO DFC as Master Bomber, and F/L T.S. Harris as Deputy. Illuminating flares were on time and excellently placed permitting earlier crews to identify the A/P. with the river, lake and docks. The Main Force bombing was rather scattered, but several explosions were reported.
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
PB611  Lancaster  F/Lt NICHOLLS  18:22  21.23  18000  23:42  05:20    DSCF0252 
NE120  Lancaster  F/Lt NEAL  18:26  21.33  18300  23:41  05:15    DSCF0252 
ME378  Lancaster  F/Lt WALLACE  18:25  21.23  18000  23:34  05:09    DSCF0253 
PB517  Lancaster III  F/Lt POPE  18:27  21.27  18000  23:56  05:29    DSCF0253 
NG438  Lancaster  F/Lt HISCOCK  18:23  21.31  18000  23:43  05:20    DSCF0254 
PB507  Lancaster  S/L CLAYTON  18:26  21.26  15600  00:02  05:36    DSCF0254 
PB560  Lancaster  F/Lt JACKSON  18:29  21.36  16000  23:58  05:29    DSCF0254 
ND591  Lancaster  F/Lt HARRIS  18:17  21.30  18000  00:06  05:49    DSCF0255 
ME377  Lancaster  S/L LETFORD  18:20  21.29  18000  23:43  05:23    DSCF0255 
PB403  Lancaster III  S/L GRIFFIN  18:18  21.27  17300  23:33  05:15    DSCF0256 
PB593  Lancaster  S/L HAGUE  18:21  21.27  18000  23:46  05:25    DSCF0256 
ND875  Lancaster  F/Lt MASON  18:46  21.23  18000  23:50  05:04    DSCF0256 
ME368  Lancaster  F/O WALLACE  18:12  21.23  18000  23:53  05:41    DSCF0257 
SW591  Lancaster  F/Lt WILSON  18:19  21.32  17500  23:59  05:40    DSCF0257 
PB375  Lancaster  F/Lt DERAMORE-DENVER  18:28  21.31  17000  23:55  05:27    DSCF0257