156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Gelsenkirchen
Mission Date: 11/09/1944
Mission Comments: 13 A/C detailed for operations - a daylight raid on GELSENKIRCHEN. All proceeded. 1 A/C missing, S/L A.W.RAW and crew. The target was strongly defended and 10 aircraft were hit and damaged by flak.
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
ND929  Lancaster  P/O CUTHILL  16:47  18.27  18000  19:49      466 
PB186  Lancaster III  F/O CANN  16:48  18.26  18000  20:25      466 
PB375  Lancaster  F/Lt TODD  16:48  18.26  18000  20:17      466 
ND477  Lancaster  F/Lt KITSON  16:49  18.27  17000  19:51      466 
PA966  Lancaster  S/L ROBERTSON  16:51  18.25  18000  20:03  03:12  Task GELSENKIRCHEN (NORDSTERN) Target attacked at 1825.18 from 18,000 ft. Smoke ofTI Red or Yellow or Green seen immediately before our bombing. A column of smoke seen just after in position of own bombs. One photo attempted.  466 
PB507  Lancaster  S/L CLAYTON  16:50  18.30  17000  20:13  03:23    DSCF0018 
PB177  Lancaster III  F/Lt DOYLE  16:51  18.26  16500  20:10  03:45    DSCF0018 
ND875  Lancaster  W/C ISON  16:52  18.27  17000  20:37  03:45    DSCF0018 
NE132  Lancaster  F/O EVANS  16:47  18.27  18000  20:11  03:24    DSCF0019 
PB403  Lancaster III  W/C FALCONER  16:49  18.32  19000  20:00  03:11    DSCF0019 
PB468  Lancaster III  F/Lt HARRIS  16:50  18.27  18000  20:32  03:42    DSCF0019 
ND534  Lancaster III  S/L RAW  16:54          This aircraft failed to return. Nothing heard after takeoff. T/o 1654 Upwood. Crashed 1830 some 3 km W of the target area. All rest in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. S/L Raw had completed at least 34 sorties and his crew were experienced Pathfinders.  DSCF0019 
ND422  Lancaster  F/Lt LEWIS  16:57  18.31  18900  20:08  03:11    DSCF0019