156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Essen
Mission Date: 1/06/1942
Mission Comments: Fourteen aircraft detailed for operations. All operated and returned safely.SGT OWEN was attacked by fighters over the target and his wireless operator (SGT McKENNA) baled out. McKenna since reported prisoner.

Sgt McKenna was subsequently involved in "The Great Escape" and was executed by the Gestapo on his recapture.
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
DV786  Wellington I C  Sgt. TERRIS  00:15  02.00  14000  05:45    Emerich 0145 hrs. 14,000' a/c seen shot down by A.A.
Another Essen 0205 hrs. 14,000' blew up in mid air. 
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DV799  Wellington  Sgt. OWEN  22:50      05:20    Task Essen 'D'. Bombs jettisoned live 2 miles NW, Gladbach on attack by ME110.
Attack made with cannon from 100 yards. Rear gunner replied.
Considerable damage to our aircraft. Evaded in dive to 4,000'.
Sgt McKenna baled out during dive. Crash landed at base.

 
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DV814  Wellington  Sgt. TAYLOR  23:20  1.25  14500  04:20    Followed Rhine and bombed on DR 0125 hrs 14,500'.
a/c seen shot down Essen 0120 hrs 8/9,000' burst in air.
Overflakee 0225 hrs. 10,000' seen hit by tracer and fall in flames. 
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HF918  Wellington I C  Sgt. POWELL  23:25  1.25  12000  04:45      030 
DV739  Wellington  P/O WOOF  23:30  1.25  14000  04:40    Task Essen 'B'. Could not pinpoint due to 8/9 tenths cloud.
Bombed built Ruhr area at 0124 hrs. 14,000'. One photograph attempted Duisberg 16,000'.
0115 hrs fairly intense heavy flak.
a/c seen shot down Homburg 0132 hrs.
Hertogenbosh 0205 hrs.
Walcheren/Veren 0230 hrs 
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DV813  Wellington  P/O MACLACHLAN  23:35  2.02    04:50      030 
DV812  Wellington I C  Sgt. THOMPSON  23:35  01.25  12000  04:05    Fired on by convoy off Aldeborough 0246 hrs, 10,000'  030 
X3422  Wellington III  P/O BRIGHT  22:50  01.30  8500  04:05    Task Essen 'D'. Unable to identify target.
Bombed built up area 2 miles W of Dusseldorf from 8,500' 0130 hrs. through break in clouds.
Scattered fires seen over Ruhr area.
E/A seen on parallel course to Sbd which vanished into cloud.
Large fire seen on Eindhoven aerodrome 0150 hrs. 
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X3741  Wellington  Sgt. POTTS  22:55  0.50  16000  03:35      031 
X3742  Wellington  Sgt. KELHAM  23:00  1.00  12000  03:15      031 
X3728  Wellington III  F/Lt GILMOUR  23:00  0.53  11000  03:40    Tracer seen fired from about 3,000' 0322E at 0206 hrs. A/c burst into flames and scattered fires seen dropping into sea.  031 
X3677  Wellington  P/O GREEN  23:05  .53  13000  03:40    a/c seen shot down by fighter action, fell in flames at Schouwen.  031 
X3339  Wellington III  P/O SMITH  23:10  0.53  16000  04:20    Large concentration of flak seen at 2,000' Antwerp area 0130 hrs. a/c seen shot down.  031 
Z1108  Wellington  Sgt. JAMES  23:40  1.20    04:20    Task Essen 'D'. Unable to locate target.
Bombed built up area 20 miles away through gap in clouds. 0122 hrs.
Intense heavy and moderate flak Essen area. 
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