156 Squadron Log
Date Weekday Activity Target
1/03/1943  Monday  9 A/C detailed for operations. All took off and returned. 2 flights to SWINDERBY and return to base. 1 N.F.T. and 1 Air Firing Test.  Berlin         
2/03/1943  Tuesday  No operations. 2 Night Cross Country flights carried out.           
3/03/1943  Wednesday  9 A/C detailed for operations. 8 took off and returned safely. 7 N.F.T.s carried out.  Hamburg         
4/03/1943  Thursday  No operations:Squadron stand down. 1 air firing test. Squadron photograph taken in afternoon.           
5/03/1943  Friday  11 a/c detailed for operations: All took off but one a/c (W/C HOOKWAY DFC) failed to return. 8 N.F.T., 1 air test, 1 air firing test, 1 cross country and 1 night cross country flight carried out.  Essen         
6/03/1943  Saturday  11 a/c detailed for operations, but cancelled just before take-off.           
7/03/1943  Sunday  10 a/c detailed for operations, but cancelled at 1600 hrs. 2 local flights.           
8/03/1943  Monday  9 a/c detailed for operations. All took off but one failed to return (F/S WHITE, DFM). F/LT ROGERS reported for duty as Air Gunner from 109 Squadron.  Nurnburg         
9/03/1943  Tuesday  8 a/c detailed for operations. 7 took off but one failed to return (F/LT GOODLEY). 2 N.F.T. 2 air tests carried out. F/O PHILPS reported for navigator duties from 109 Squadron.  Munich         
10/03/1943  Wednesday  No operations: squadron stand down. S/L BALL (missing) F/L GOODLEY (missing) F/L LANG and F/O MCKINNA awarded D.F.C. F/Sgt STAFFORD, F/S GILES and F/S BARCLAY awarded D.F.M.           
11/03/1943  Thursday  8 a/c detailed for operations. 7 took off and returned. 5 N.F.T. and 1 N.F.T. and air firing test carried out.  Stuttgart         
12/03/1943  Friday  9 a/c detailed for operations. all took off and returned safely. 5 N.F.T. and 1 air firing test carried out. SGT DUKE, SGT SICKLEMORE, SGT GROSE AND F/S YOUNG posted WYTON (N.E.)  Essen         
13/03/1943  Saturday  No flying owing to inclement weather.           
14/03/1943  Sunday  9 a/c detailed for operations, which were later cancelled. 11 N.F.T. AND 2 air firing tests carried out.           
15/03/1943  Monday  10 a/c detailed for operations, which were cancelled. 1 air test. S/L DUIGAN DFC posted to the squadron for flying duties from Hixon           
16/03/1943  Tuesday  10 a/c detailed for operations, later cancelled. F/LT ISAACSON, DFM Awarded the immediate D.F.C. 8 N.F.T. 2 flights to FORD and return to base. 2 flights to CHIPPING WARDEN and return to base. 1 local flight carried out.           
17/03/1943  Wednesday  No operations. 1 air test and 1 local flight carried out.           
18/03/1943  Thursday  11 a/c detailed for operations, scrubbed at 1330 hrs. 6 practice bombing flights at RUSHFORD bombin range. 1 air test, 1 cross country, 1 local flight and 2 fighter affiliations carried out. SGT HADDEN killed on perimeter by a blow on back of the head from a Spitfire a/c  Accidentally Killed         
19/03/1943  Friday  12 a/c detailed for operations, cancelled later. 5 N.F.T. carried out. SGT RUST posted from WYTON (N.E.)           
20/03/1943  Saturday  11 a/c detailed for operations, later cancelled. 1 local flight carried out.           
21/03/1943  Sunday  No operations: 4 practice bombing flights to RUSHFORD bombing range. 1 S.B.A. to WATERBEACH.           
22/03/1943  Monday  13 a/c detailed for operations, 12 took off and returned safely. SGT LAY and crew reported for duty from 103 Squadron. Sgt THOMAS and crew from 12 Squadron, and Sgt MILLER and crew from 101 Squadron. 3 air tests, 2 N.F.T. and 1 cross country flight to HAMSTEAD NORRIS. F/S BOYES and F/SGT JACKES (both missing) appointed to commissioned rank.  St Nazaire         
23/03/1943  Tuesday  No operations. 5 new crews reported for duty - F/O GIRRBACH and crew, SGT COOPER and crew, SGT BYASS and crew from 1656 Conversion Unit. SGT SULLIVAN and crew and SGT YOUNGER and crew from 460 Squadron. 1 flare dropping flight, 1 air test, 2 local flights, 1 flight to WING and 1 to ELSHAM WOLDS. F/SGT BARCLAY D.F.M. appointed to commissioned rank. P/O W.J. SMITH reported from 22 O.T.U. for navigator flying duties.           
24/03/1943  Wednesday  11 a/c detailed for operations, later cancelled. 2 N.F.T., 1 flight from ELSHAM WOLD. F/O GRANT arrived from GRANSDEN LODGE on attachment to the Squadron. F/S LINDSAY and SGT MURRAY posted to WYTON (N.E.). F/O B.F. SMITH (pilot) reported from 15 O.T.U. F/O R.E. GOODWIN (WO/AG) reported from 21 O.T.U.           
25/03/1943  Thursday  No operations. 2 air tests, 2 local flights, 1 circuits and landings carried out. W/O GRAYLAND (missing) and SGT THOMSON, J.F. appointed to commissioned rank.           
26/03/1943  Friday  14 a/c detailed for operations, 3 took off but 1 returned early. 2 local flights, 6 N.F.T. 1 flight to FORD and return. F/SGT HUDSON and crew arrived from 12 Squadron.  Duisberg         
27/03/1943  Saturday  12 a/c detailed for operations, 11 took off but 1 failed to return. (SGT WALLIS and crew). 1 sea search carried out, also 1 solo, 1 dual and 1 N.F.T. W/O HORAN appointed to commissioned rank, also F/SGT MYERS now P. of W.  Berlin         
28/03/1943  Sunday  10 a/c detailed for operations, 9 took off and returned. 4 N.F.T.  St Nazaire         
29/03/1943  Monday  8 a/c detailed for operations, all took off and returned safely. 2 flights to BLYTON and return, and 1 to WYTON.  Berlin         
30/03/1943  Tuesday  No operations, 2 air firing tests, 1 cross country and 1 local flight carried out           
31/03/1943  Wednesday  No operations, 1 cross country to LINDHOLME and FINNINGLEY and 1 to ELSHAM WOLD, 3 air firing tests carried out.