156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Gelsenkirchen
Mission Date: 6/11/1944
Mission Comments: 10 aircraft detailed for a daylight attack on GELSENKIRCHEN. Attack commenced in clear weather but with 6/10ths cloud a minute, increasing to 10/10ths at the end of the attack. One A/C was given last resort by M/B and he bombed a marshalling yard in a built up area at GLADBECK. W/C T.E. Ison DFC was Master Bomber and F/L J.A. Wilson was Deputy Master Bomber.
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
PB565  Lancaster  W/C ISON  12:24  13.56  17000  16:01  03:37    DSCF0101 
PB375  Lancaster  F/Lt WILSON  12:26  13.57  18500  16:03  03:37    DSCF0101 
PA966  Lancaster  W/C BINGHAM-HALL  12:26    20000  15:55  03:29  ** Note Flight log notes departure as 13.58 - Must be a typo, adjusted departure in line with other aircraft **** Target attacked at 1357.30 from 20,000 ft. TI's not dropped because aiming point temporarily blocked at moment of bombing. Red TI down a little early followed by mixed Red and Green cascading a little short of the Red. Master Bomber said 'Bomb Mixed Red and Green TI's'. The bombing was due north of the cemetery. Big red glow and pall of smoke seen two to three hundred yards short of the aiming point at 1357.25. One Photo Atempted. Bomb Load: 3 x TI Red A. 3 x TI Green A. 3 x TI Red LB. 3 x TI Green LB. 1 x 4000 HC MINOL  DSCF0102 
PB468  Lancaster III  F/Lt HARRIS  12:31  14.05  19500  16:13  03:42    DSCF0102 
PB621  Lancaster III  S/L COCHRANE  12:32  13.59  20000  15:59  03:27    DSCF0102 
PB507  Lancaster  F/Lt DERAMORE-DENVER  12:38  14.13  18000  16:09  03:31    DSCF0102 
PB560  Lancaster  F/Lt JACKSON  12:27  13.58  19000  16:30  04:03    DSCF0103 
ND808  Lancaster  F/Lt JAMES  12:28  13.57  20200  15:57  03:29    DSCF0103 
PB517  Lancaster III  F/Lt MASON  12:29  13.58  19000  15:56  03:27    DSCF0103 
PB611  Lancaster  F/Lt FREEMAN  12:30  13.59  19000  16:04  03:34    DSCF0103