156 Squadron Log
Date Weekday Activity Target
1/05/1943  Saturday  No operations. 5 N.F.T. 1 air firing, 3 air testd and 1 bomb sight test carried out. 1 flight to SWINDERBY and return.           
2/05/1943  Sunday  15 aircraft detailed for operations; later cancelled. 9 N.F.T. 1 local flight and 1 air firing and ferrying to WYTON.           
3/05/1943  Monday  16 aircraft detailed for operations, but were later cancelled. 8 N.F.T. 2 air tests and 1 cross country flight. 1 to FINMERE and return. F/S THOMPSON (A/B) posted to 10 O.T.U. ABINGDON for Instructor Duties. F/S HAWKSLEY, DFM posted to 23 O.T.U. for instructor duties.           
4/05/1943  Tuesday  18 aircraft detailed for operations. All took off but owing to weather conditions were unable to land at base and were diverted to various airfields in the country. S/L DUIGAN, DFC, and crew bailed out at CHATTERIS owing to weather conditions and lack of petrol; F/L ROGERS and SGT DRYSDALE were injured in landing. 5 N.F.T. 1 low flying test, 6 air tests, 1 L.F.P. 1 air firing an 1 flight from KINLOSS to base.  Dortmund         
5/05/1943  Wednesday  No Operations. 1 flight to WYTON. 1 from STANTON HARCOURT. 2 from MARHAM. 3 from PERSHORE, 1 from CHEDFORD. 2 from HIGH ERCALL, 1 from HONEYBOURNE. 1 from SLEAP. 1 to WINTHORPE and return (air firing). 1 air test. P/O TAYLOR, CGM. (Pilot) posted to GRANSDEN LODGE.           
6/05/1943  Thursday  No operations. 2 Air Test, 1 Air Firing and 1 Cross-Country carried out. P/O MOLLER, DFM. Posted to MORETON-IN-THE-MARSH.           
7/05/1943  Friday  6 detailed for operations, but were later cancelled. 4 aircraft bombing practice at LAKENHEATH bombing range. 4 fighter affiliation. 2 air firing, 1 air test and 8 N.F.T. carried out. F/S WOOD reported for flying duties from 3 A.G.S. Mona Anglesley, also F/O HUDSON from O.A.F.U. Llandwrdg.           
8/05/1943  Saturday  No operations. 2 low flying flights. 1 to WHITE WALTHAM and return.           
9/05/1943  Sunday  6 aircraft detailed for operations but later cancelled. 6 flights to WYTON. P/O MACDONALD reported for flying duties from 405 Squadron.           
10/05/1943  Monday  No flying owing to strong gale. SGT RYAN and crew reported for flying duties from 103 Squadron. F/S KNIGHT (A/G) reported to the squadron for flying duties from 19 O.T.U.           
11/05/1943  Tuesday  19 aircraft detailed for operations but later cancelled. SGT SLOPER and crew reported for flying duties from 101 Squadron. 8 air firing tests, 2 N.F.T. 3 from WYTON to base.           
12/05/1943  Wednesday  18 aircraft detailed for operations: all took off but 2 failed to return (S/L VERDON-ROE, DFC. And crew; SGT WENDON and crew) 7 air firing, 6 N.F.T. and 1 flight to ELSHAM WOLD and return. F/L KEARNS DFC DFM posted to 11 O.T.U.  Duisberg         
13/05/1943  Thursday  16 aircraft detailed for operations: all took off and returned (1 returned early). 2 Y type training flights carried out. SGT HEWERDINE and crew reported for flying duties from 460 Squadron. P/O BARCLAY DFC DFM posted to 19 O.T.U. KINLOSS for instructor details. F/L GRILLAGE attached to P.F.F.N.T.U.  Pilzen         
14/05/1943  Friday  No operations. 1 Cross Country, 1 flight from MARHAM, 3 air tests, 2 flights from WYTON, 1 flight to ABINGDON and 1 air firing test carried out. SGT RUSHBRIDGE reported for flying duties from 166 Squadron.           
15/05/1943  Saturday  No Operations. W/CDR DONALDSON DFC awarded DSO. S/L EVERSON , F/LT GRAY (Missing), F/O COOKE, P/O BARCLAY and P/O HORAN awarded D.F.C. F/SGT McCRUM and FLIGHT SERGEANT WALSH awarded D.F.M. SGT STEWART granted immediate commission as Pilot Officer. 1 Air Test, 4 fighter affilliation, 8 bombing flights at LAKENHEATH, 1 air firing, 3 to HOLME, 2 N.F.T., and 2 "Y" training cross country. F/O LUTZ reported for flying duties from 27 O.T.U.           
16/05/1943  Sunday  No operations. 4 fighter affiliation at DEBDEN. 3 bombing sea-markers, 1 air firing and cross country to HIXON. 4 "Y" TRAINING CROSS COUNTRY, 1 PRACTICE BOMBING RUNS, 1 S.B.A. 1 N.F.T. 1 from HEBDEN, 1 bombsight levelling, 1 cross country YORK to base. F/S VOLANTE DFM (missing) appointed to commissioned rank.           
17/05/1943  Monday  No operations. 5 Bombing at RUSHFORD. 2 air firing. 1 bomb sight levelling. 3 "Y" training flights. 1 to HOLME and return. F/S HART DFM (missing) appointed to commissioned rank.           
18/05/1943  Tuesday  No operations. 4 "Y" training flights. 1 ferry to OAKINGTON, 10 bombing practice flights at RUSHFORD bombing range. 1 height test, 2 fighter affiliation, 2 duals to ELSHAM WOLD. 1 Bullseye. F/S FERGUSON (missing) appointed P/O. F/S ORCHARD promoted W/O. and SGT LAY to Flight Sergeant. F/L MITCHELL (NAV) posted to 30 O.T.U. and P/O HORAN DFC (Pilot) to LICHFIELD.           
19/05/1943  Wednesday  No operations. F/O MUMFORD (Electrical Engineer) posted to R.A.F. STATION, WYTON. P/O CAVILL posted to Squadron from WYTON vice F/O MUMFORD. 1 to LICHFIELD and return, 1 "Y" training flight, 1 air firing, 2 night bombing, 2 dual, 1 local flight, 1 solo, 2 bombing practice flights, 1 N.F.T. S/L TRICKETT attached for navigation duties for 3 weeks. P/O CLEMENT (A/B) reported for flying duties from 27 O.T.U.           
20/05/1943  Thursday  No operations. 3 "Y" training flights, 1 to HIXON and return, 6 bombing practive flights at RUSHFORD bombing range. 2 solo C. & L.s 1 flight to FINNINGLEY and return. 2 low flying flights and I.S.B.A.           
21/05/1943  Friday  No operations. 3 "Y" training flights, 1 air test, 1 air firing test, 1 height test, 1 check landings, 2 flights from WYTON. 4 flights to WINTHORP. 1 beam flight to WYTON. The following pilots with their crews, arrived for flying duties with the squadron: F/O COWLEY DFM from 100 SQUADRON, F/O WRIGHT from 20 O.T.U. F/L YOUNG from 12 SQUADRON, F/O SHANNAHAN from 103 SQUADRON, F/S WINTERBON from 101 SQUADRON           
22/05/1943  Saturday  No operations. 1 "Y" training flight, 1 dual C. & L. 4 air firing to WOODFORD and return, 3 N.F.T. 1 C. & L. 2 local flights, 1 air test, 1 to and from ABINGDON, 1 bomb sight local, 1 to WEST MALLING and return. F/S McSWEENEY appointed to commissioned rank and F/S HOOD also W/O GILES DFM now reported missing. SGT DOWMAN (A.G.) posted to 10 O.T.U. F/L GEOGHEGAN attached to P.F.F.N.T.U. F/L LANG DFC and F/L VERDON-ROE DFC. (both missing) appointed to rank of Acting Squadron Leader w.e.f. 12 April 1943.           
23/05/1943  Sunday  22 aircraft detailed for operations: All took off and returned safely, 1 a/c returned early. 21 N.F.T. 2 fighter affiliation flights, 2 air firing tests, 1 low flying flight and 1 training flight carried out. SGT PEARSON A.G. and F/SGT HURST W/OP. reported for flying duties with F/O LUTZ's crew.  Dortmund         
24/05/1943  Monday  Very inclement weather prevented any flying. W/O CURTIS (NAV). Reported for flying duties with F/O. LUTZ's crew, also F/S/FLETCHER A.G. F/S PORTCH (missing) appointed to commissioned rank. G/C WILLETS appointed to command the Station.           
25/05/1943  Tuesday  21 aircraft detailed for operations: All took off and returned safely. 16 N.F.T. 1 cross country, 3 low flying flights carried out. 1 flight from WYTON and 1 from WITTERING. F/S ROSE and Crew reported for flying duties from 460 Squadron F/L VINCENT and crew reported for flying duties from 1662 C.U..  Dusseldorf         
26/05/1943  Wednesday  20 aircraft detailed for operations: later cancelled. 1 air to sea firing, 1 air firing, 1 flight to and from WYTON. F/S PERCY (missing) appointed to commissioned rank.           
27/05/1943  Thursday  6 aircraft detailed for operations: all took off but one failed to return (F/S WALLACE and crew) F/S HUDSON (Pilot) and F/S WOOD (Pilot) appointed to commissioned rank. 9 N.F.T. 2 local flights, 1 cross country, 1 to FINNINGLEY and return. 1 "Y" training, 1 local beam low flying, 1 local dual and 1 training flight carried out.  Essen         
28/05/1943  Friday  No operations. 8 "Y" training flights, 3 fighter affiliation, 6 bombing practice flights at RUSHFORD bombing range, 1 N.F.T. 1 N.F.T. Beam low flying, 1 flight from WYTON and air firing. 1 flight to BRAMCOTE and return.           
29/05/1943  Saturday  19 aircraft detailed for operations: 18 took off and returned - 1 returned early. 11 N.F.T. 2 "Y" training flights, 3 fighter affiliation, 1 N.F.T. and beam low flying. 1 from WYTON and low flying and air firing. W/O SAUNDERS (NAV) appointed to commissioned rank.  Wuppertal         
30/05/1943  Sunday  No operations. 2 "Y" training flights carried out. SGT WENDON (missing) appointed to commissioned rank. S/L DUIGAN DFC appointed Acting Wing Commander. F/S MACKENZIE (missing) appointed to commissioned rank.           
31/05/1943  Monday  No operations. 1 flight base - FINNINGLEY - base, 1 air test landing at WING, 1 N.F.T. and air firing, 1 air firing, 1 B.A.T. flight, 1 flight from base - SOUTHEND-LONDON-READING-BIRMINGHAM-LINCOLN-PETERBORO- base. 1 from WYTON, 1 LOCAL FLIGHT, 1 N.F.T AND LOW FLYING. 5 N.F.T. 2 "Y" training, 1 cross country.