156 Squadron Log
Date Weekday Activity Target
1/04/1943  Thursday  No operations, 1 Flight from BASE - CROMER - WADDINGTON - POCKLINGTON - BASE, 1 from BASE to GROVE and BASE. 1 to CASTLE DONINGTON and return. 3 Air Firing Tests at MARHAM, and 1 air test. F/O HAYES (Air Gunner) Reported for duty from Wickenby. Sgt CALDWELL posted to 1656 C.U.           
2/04/1943  Friday  7 aircraft detailed for operations. 4 took off and returned. 3 N.F.T. 1 Local Low Flying and 1 Air Firing Test carried out.  St Nazaire         
3/04/1943  Saturday  11 aircraft detailed for operations. All took off and returned except Sgt BYASS and crew missing. F/L VERDON-ROE awarded immediate D.F.C. 3 Practice Bombing Flights at RUSHFORD range, 4 N.F.T. and 1 Flight to UPPER HEYFORD.  Essen         
4/04/1943  Sunday  10 aircraft detailed for operations. All took off but 2 failed to return - S/L GRIMSTON DFC and P/O DAVIES, and crews. 2 N.F.T. and 1 Fighter Affiliation. 1 Flight to WYTON and return to BASE and 1 Air Firing Test at HOLIGSHAW range. SGT HALDEMAN (Maintenance) seriously injured when the tractor he was driving was struck by a taxining MUSTANG aircraft. He died at ELY HOSPITAL in the evening.  Accidentally Killed  Kiel       
5/04/1943  Monday  No operations. 2 Air Firing Tests. 2 Fighter Affiliation (1 aircraft landed at DEBDEN). 1 Air Test and Low Flying. F/S MOLLER appointed P/O. F/S GILES promoted to A/W/O., SGT SAUNDERS to A/W/O and Sgts PRITCHARD and HOOD to A/F/Sgt. Sgt MARSON and crew from 1656 C.U. and Sgt OVERTON and crew from 100 Squadron reported for duty.           
6/04/1943  Tuesday  No operations. 2 Flights to WYTON. 1 N.F.T. 1 Fighter Affiliation and 4 Bombing Practice Flights. Sgt WAUGH and crew from 1656 C.U. F/L COOK and crew from 103 Squadron reported for duty.           
7/04/1943  Wednesday  Bad weather prevented extensive flying. 4 N.F.T. carried out.           
8/04/1943  Thursday  Further bad weather. 2 Air Tests. 11 aircraft detailed for operations but only 8 took off. Of these Sgt YOUNGER failed to return. W/O BUSBY and crew reported for duty from 12 Squadron.  Duisberg         
9/04/1943  Friday  No operations. 3 Air Firing Tests at MARHAM. 3 Flights to WYTON. 1 from WYTON, 1 Local Flight and 1 local and beam.           
10/04/1943  Saturday  9 aircraft detailed for operations - all took off and returned but 2 returned early. S/L GRANT reported for flying duties. 1 flight to GRANSDEN LODGE, 2 to WYTON and return to BASE. 2 Practice Bombing Flights at RUSHFORD bombing range. 3 N.F.T.  Frankfurt         
11/04/1943  Sunday  No operations. 2 Local Flights, 2 Fighter Affiliation Flights at DEBDEN.           
12/04/1943  Monday  9 aircraft detailed for operations - but later cancelled. 1 Local Flight, 1 Air Firing Test. 1 N.F.T. and 1 night Cross-Country. W/O TAYLOR appointed to commissioned rank. F/S PATERSON posted to 1662 C.U. and F/S DAVIDSON posted to 22 O.T.U.           
13/04/1943  Tuesday  11 aircraft detailed for operations - 2 were later cancelled. 9 took off and returned safely. 1 Local Cross Country, 3 Air Firing Tests, 4 N.F.T. and 1 Night Cross Country.  Spezia         
14/04/1943  Wednesday  11 aircraft detailed for operations, 10 took off and returned safely. 4 N.F.T. carried out. F/L GEOGHAN reported for aircrew duties from L.U.A.S. P.O JONES (Missing 8th March 1943) reported Prisoner of War.  Stuttgart         
15/04/1943  Thursday  No operations. 1 Flight to CHIPPING WARDEN, 1 Air Test. 3 N.F.T. Also 1 N.F.T. and Low Flying Exercise carried out. Sgt WALLACE and crew reported for duty from 1656 C.U. And F/L MOIR reported for duty with crew from 1662 C.U.           
16/04/1943  Friday  13 aircraft detailed for operations. 1O took off but 2 aircraft failed to return - W/O ANDERSON and crew, and Sgt GONCE and crew. 5 N.F.T., 2 Air Firing, 1 Local Flight, and 1 Night flight from DREM. P/O MACLACHLAN and crew reported for flying duties from 30 O.T.U.  Pilzen         
17/04/1943  Saturday  No operations. 6 Practice Bombing Flights to BARDNEY. Sgt WALLIS - now reported missing - appointed to commissioned rank. F/S DAVIDSON reported back from 22 O.T.U. (for disposal)           
18/04/1943  Sunday  13 aircraft detailed for operations. All took off but one did not return. SGT COOPER and crew (Missing). 14 N.F.T.  Spezia         
19/04/1943  Monday  10 aircraft detailed for operations, which were later cancelled. S/L DONALDSON, DFC appointed to the rank of A/W/Cdr. W/C WOMERSLEY DSO , S/L MITCHELL and F/L KEARNS, DFM awarded the D.F.C. P/O TAYLOR and F/S ELCOATE DFM, awarded the C.G.M. P/O MOLLER, F/S EGERTON, F/S PRICE, F/S HAWKSLEY awarded the D.F.M. 1 N.F.T. and 1 Dual, and 1 Local Flight.           
20/04/1943  Tuesday  13 aircraft detailed for operations. 12 took off and all returned. 9 N.F.T., 2 Air Firing and 1 Air Firing and Cross Country carried out.  Stettin         
21/04/1943  Wednesday  No operations. 1 N.F.T., 1 Local Flight. 1 Local Night Circuits and Landings. F/O MCKINNA DFC posted to P.F.F.N.T.U.           
22/04/1943  Thursday  No operations. 1 Flight from WYTON. 3 Air Tests. 1 Beam Test. F/S COLDHAM and crew reported for flying duties from 460 Squadron. Also F/O CRAMPTON and crew from 103 Squadron.           
23/04/1943  Friday  No operations. 1 Flight to FINMERE and return. 1 Flight to WICKENBY and 3 Air Tests carried out.           
24/04/1943  Saturday  15 aircraft detailed for operations - cancelled later. 13 N.F.T. 1 Flight from WICKENBY to BASE, 1 Flight from WYTON and 1 Air Firing Test. SGT THOMPSON (missing), Sgt CUTHBERT (missing) and W/O GREAVES DFC all appointed to commissioned rank. Also W/O ANDERSON (Missing)           
25/04/1943  Sunday  No operations. 1 Flight to BREIGHTON and return. 1 Cross Country, 1 Air Firing, 1 to LINDHOLME. 1 Flight to WYTON, 1 Flight to LICHFIELD and return. 1 Flight to CASTLE DONINGTON and return.           
26/04/1943  Monday  15 aircraft detailed for operations. All took off, but one failed to return. Sgt WAUGH and crew (missing)/ F/O TOWNSEND DFC posted to GRANSDEN LODGE. F/O STRACHAN posted to A.C.R.C. 12 N.F.T. and 1 Firing test at HOLESHAM  Duisberg         
27/04/1943  Tuesday  13 aircraft detailed for operations but were cancelled. 1 Air Firing Test. 1 Air Test. F/L MANDENO reported for flying duties from 19 O.T.U. W/C WOMERSLY, DSO DFC posted to No. 8 (PFF) Group. F/L GEOGHAN, SGT WEARE, SGT LEDAMIN, F/S MONK, SGT DRINKWATER posted to 1656 C.U. for crewing up with S/L MACKINTOSH.           
28/04/1943  Wednesday  No operations. 3 Air to Air Firing, 3 Local Flights, 2 Night Cross Country. F/O PRITCHARD and crew reported for flying duties from 1662 C.U.           
29/04/1943  Thursday  No operations. 1 to OAKLEY and return. 3 Air Firing Tests, 2 Fighter Affiliation, 1 Cross Country to CASTLE DONINGTON, 2 Air to Air Firing, 5 N.F.T., 1 Flight to NORTH WEALD for Fighter Affiliation., 1 Flight to SWINDERBY. F/O HARRISON ceased to be attached to A.M. Unit on being posted to A.M. (D.P.R.)           
30/04/1943  Friday  3 aircraft detailed for operations, all took off and returned. 3 N.F.T. carried out. Sgt. BROWN and crew reported for flying duties from 12 Squadron.  Essen