156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Dusseldorf
Mission Date: 2/11/1944
Mission Comments: 16 aircraft detailed for night operations on DUSSELDORF, 15 proceeded. S/L A.W.G. Cochrane DFC crashed during takeoff, undercarriage collapsed. The weather was clear enough to see the river and some ground details. Good fires were started and some explosions reported.
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
PB403  Lancaster III  S/L DWEN  16:56  19.13  19000  21:01  04:05    DSCF0096 
PA966  Lancaster  F/Lt CLELAND  16:59  19.24  18500  21:21  04:22  Target attacked at 1924 hrs from 18,500 ft. On arrival over target we saw three green and two red flares, but it was impossible to see TI's on the ground due to smoke. TI's Red were seen cascading as ran in. Bombing seemed good, well concentrated and fires were burning. One Photo Attempted. Bomb Load 1 x 4 Flares Green, 5 x 1000 MG TD 025. 5 x 500 GP TD 025. 1 x 4000 HC MINCE  DSCF0096 
PB186  Lancaster III  S/L LETFORD  17:00  19.19  18000  21:13  04:13    DSCF0096 
PB611  Lancaster  F/Lt HISCOCK  17:19  19.33  18000  21:23  04:04    DSCF0096 
PB560  Lancaster  F/Lt SPINLEY  16:44  19.14  17500  20:59  04:15    DSCF0097 
PB565  Lancaster  F/Lt DERAMORE-DENVER  16:55  19.32  18000  21:31  04:36    DSCF0097 
PB507  Lancaster  S/L CLAYTON  16:57  19.16  18500  21:11  04:14    DSCF0097 
NE119  Lancaster  F/Lt LEWIS  16:58  19.35  19000  21:30  04:32    DSCF0097 
PB486  Lancaster III  S/L COCHRANE  19:27          T/o 1655 Upwood but crashed almost immediately due to premature retraction of the undercarriage. No one was seriously hurt, despite some members of the crew jumping from the Lancaster as it skidded across the airfield.  DSCF0097 
ND808  Lancaster  F/Lt JACKSON  16:46  19.12  17500  21:05  04:19    DSCF0098 
ND875  Lancaster  F/Lt WALLACE  16:47  19.13  18000  21:20  04:33    DSCF0098 
PB375  Lancaster  F/Lt WILSON  16:57  19.21  18800  21:25  04:28    DSCF0098 
NE120  Lancaster  F/Lt EVANS  17:02  19.29  19000  21:27  04:25    DSCF0098 
PB675  Lancaster III  F/Lt CANN  16:45  19.10  18000  21:08  04:23    DSCF0099 
PB505  Lancaster III  F/Lt WILSON  16:48  19.19  18800  21:15  04:27    DSCF0099 
PB468  Lancaster III  F/Lt PELLY  17:03  19.12  18800  21:07  04:04    DSCF0099