156 Squadron Log
Date Weekday Activity Target
1/07/1943  Thursday  No operations. 1 Local and Beam Flight, 3 Air Firing Flights at IPSWITCH, 3 formation and "G" test. 2 Air Tests. F/L McGRATH and crew posted to the Squadron from 100 Squadron for flying details. F/S WRIGHT H.J. (Nav) and W/O CRANKSHAW, DFM (A/G) appointed to commissioned rank.           
2/07/1943  Friday  No operations. 4 "Y" Training Flights, 2 Local and Low Flying flights 2 Air Firing at IPSWICH. 1 Height Flight, 1 Air Test - landed at WESTCOTT - 1 Local S.B.A., 1 Bombsight Levelling, 1 Cross Country. F/L FAWCETT and crew posted in from 12 Squadron, also F/S ROSS from 166 Squadron.           
3/07/1943  Saturday  14 aircraft detailed for operations - all took off and returned safely. 16 N.F.T. 3 "Y" Training Flights, 1 Night Cross-Country, 1 Local Flight. F/L MOIR appointed A/S/Ldr. P/O ROBERTS appointed A/F/Lt also F/O COOKE, DFC, and P/O W.J. SMITH, DFC. F/S NEWSOME posted to 10 O.T.U.  Koln         
4/07/1943  Sunday  16 aircraft detailed for operations but were later cancelled. 2 "Y" Training Flights, 5 N.F.T. and 1 Air Test carried out. F/S WILLIAMS reported to be Prisoner of War.           
5/07/1943  Monday  12 aircraft detailed for operations - cancelled. 3 "Y" Training Flights, 1 Air Test, 2 N.F.T. 1 Flight to WYTON and Air to sea Firing. 1 to OAKINGTON and return. F/S HALL and crew reported for flying duties from 1662 O.T.U., also SGT FRIEND from 26 O.T.U. F/S WALSH posted to P.F.F.N.T.U. for instructor duties, also F/L GRILLAGE (A/G)           
6/07/1943  Tuesday  No operations. 4 "Y" Training, 11 N.F.T., 2 Cross Country, 1 to OAKINGTON and return. F/O B.F. SMITH, DFC appointed A/F/LT - also F/O PHILPS.           
7/07/1943  Wednesday  No operations. 1 Air Test, 1 flight to CHIPPING WARDEN and return, 1 Local Beam, 1 Altitude Test, 1 Beam Flying and N.F.T. 1 flight to HARFORD BRIDGE and return and 1 to BOTTESFORD and return.           
8/07/1943  Thursday  10 aircraft detailed for operations of which 6 took off and returned - 4 being cancelled. 2 "Y" Training Flights, 8 N.F.T., 1 Cross-Country, 2 Air Tests, 1 Air to Sea Firing. F/S THOMPSON, R.F. (Nav), F/S STAPLES (A/G), appointed to Commissioned Rank - also W/O BUSBY and SGT MILLER (both now reported missing). F/S SLADE and F/S FRY reported for flying duties from 101 Squadron.  Koln         
9/07/1943  Friday  1 aircraft on operations - took off and returned safely. Bad weather prevented extensive flying. 3 "Y" Training and 2 N.F.T. carried out. F/O FODERINGHAM (Pilot) P/O GORDON (Nav) P/O STEWART (W/Op) and P/O HOOD (A/G) reported for flying duties from 1662 O.T.U. SGT SLOPER (Pilot) appointed to Commissioned Rank. W/C RIVETT-CARNAC, DFC., and W/C LAWSON, DFC. Awarded the D.S.O. S/L MOIR, F/O DRAKE, and F/O HAYES (missing) awarded the D.F.C. W/O BUSBY (Missing) awarded the C.G.M. and F/S WRIGHT H.J.A. (Now P/O) awarded the D.F.M.  Gelsenkirchen         
10/07/1943  Saturday  No operations. 3 Air Firing Tests, 3 "Y" Training Flights, 2 Fighter Affiliations, 1 Local Flight, 1 to CHIPPING WARDEN, and return. W/O DENWOOD and crew (less M/U Gnr) reported for flying duties from 103 Squadron, also SGT JONES and crew (less Pilot and Navigator) from 1657 C.U.           
11/07/1943  Sunday  20 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. 1 N.F.T. - Landed at BLYTON, 7 N.F.T. 1 Beam Flying, and 1 to WESTCOTT and return.           
12/07/1943  Monday  21 aircraft detailed for operations - all took off but one failed to return (F/S HEWERDINE & Crew) . 2 "Y" Training Flights, 1 C & L and low flying, 1 Air Test, 1 Dual C & L and 7 N.F.T. carried out. P/O MACLACHLAN appointed A/F/Lt. P/O READER reported from 12 O.T.U. FOR Squadron Engineer Officer duties. P/O THOMPSON and P/O MACKIE awarded the D.F.C. and SGT CARTWRIGHT the D.F.M.  Torino         
13/07/1943  Tuesday  No operations. 1 "Y" Training Flights, 1 Air Test. F/O WATKINS (A/G) from 83 Squadron for flying details.           
14/07/1943  Wednesday  No operations. 5 "Y" Training Flights, 6 Bombing at RUSHFORDbombing range, 3 Fighter Affiliation, 1 to ELSHAM WOLDS, 1 flight to WYTON, 1 Cross Country. S/L MATHER (Nav) posted from 105 O.T.U. for Navigation duties. F/S WALSH posted to 83 O.T.U.           
15/07/1943  Thursday  No operations. 8 Bombing Practice Flights, 2 Beam, "Y" Training Flights, 3 Air Test, 1 Cross Country, 2 Fighter Affiliation, 1 to GRIMSBY and return. F/S RYAN (Pilot) appointed to Commissioned Rank. W/O MORGAN posted to 19 O.T.U. and SGT BARTON to 10 O.T.U.           
16/07/1943  Friday  2 aircraft on "Bullseye" Exercise, 11 Air Firing, 2 Beam and low flying flights, 3 "Y" Training flights, 3 Fighter Affiliation, 1 from WYTON, 2 Local Flights, 5 Air Tests, 1 to NORTH WEALD, 1 "Y" Cross Country, 1 Cross Country.           
17/07/1943  Saturday  No Operations. 5 "Y" Training Flights, 1 Local, 1 Beam, 1 to SPEKE and return, 6 Bombing Practice flights at RUSHFORD bombing range, 1 Cross Country.           
18/07/1943  Sunday  No Operations. 2 "Y" Training Flights, 1 to PERSHORE and return, 2 Air Test, 1 Beam, 1 to STONEHILL, 2 "Y" Cross Country flights, 2 S.B.A. S/L MATHERS attached to P.F.F.N.T.U.           
19/07/1943  Monday  No Operations. 3 "Y" Training Flights, 2 Beam and low flying, 7 N.F.T., 5 Bombing Practice Flights at WHITTLESEY bombing range, 1 Ait Test. W/O BROWN (now reported missing) appointed to Commissioned Rank.           
20/07/1943  Tuesday  12 aircraft detailed for operations but later cancelled. No flying owing to bad weather. F/S STEPHENS and F/S STIMPSOM reported for flying duties fom 1662 C.U. with crews also F/S ROYLE (Pilot) from 1(0) A.F.U. 2 N.F.T., 1 to GRIMSBY. SGT WILKIN (Nav) appointed to Commissioned Rank.           
21/07/1943  Wednesday  No operations. 1 Flight from GRIMSBY to BASE. AIR COMMODORE BENNETT, CBE, DSO., visited the station and lectured to all air crew.           
22/07/1943  Thursday  21 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. 7 Beam and low flying flights, 14 N.F.T., 1 from WYTON, 1 Air Flying, 1 Air Test.           
23/07/1943  Friday  21 aircraft detailed for operations and cancelled. 2 Beam and low flying flights, 4 N.F.T., F/L ANSETT and crew posted in from 100 Squadron. S/L TRICKETT (Nav) attached from 35 Squadron.           
24/07/1943  Saturday  24 aircraft detailed for operations - all took off and returned safely. 6 "Y" Training Flights, 1 Bombsight Test, 3 Beam and low flying, 6 N.F.T. 8 N.F.T. and fighter affiliation. 1 Cross Country. F/S BURKS from 16 O.T.U. and F/S LOVIS (A/G) from 14 O.T.U. posted in for flying duties. F/S BURKS attached to N.T.U. UPWOOD.  Hamburg         
25/07/1943  Sunday  21 aircraft on operations - 13 took of and 1 returned early. 1 failed to return (F/O HUDSON and crew) 1 air test.  Essen         
26/07/1943  Monday  No operations. 3 Fighter Affiliation, 2 "Y" Training, 4 N.F.T., 2 Cross Country. F/O WATKINS (Missing on 21.2.42) appointed to commissioned rank.           
27/07/1943  Tuesday  24 aircraft detailed for operations - 18 took off but 2 failed to return. (F/O CRAMPTON and F/S WILKINS and crews). 4 Beam and low flying, 3 "Y" Training, 10 N.F.T. 2 Air Tests. P/O R.F. THOMPSON (Nav) posted to 1656 C.U. P/O RYDER, SGT HUDSON, SGT EVANS attached from N.T.U.  Hamburg         
28/07/1943  Wednesday  No operations. F/L PETERS and crew from 1656 C.U. reported for aircrew duties and attached to N.T.U. UPWOOD. 1 Cross Country, 1 from WYTON, 1 "Y" Training, 1 Air Test, 1 Air to Air Firing, 1 Practice Bombing.           
29/07/1943  Thursday  21 aircraft detailed for operations - 20 took off, 1 returned early, and 2 failed to return. (F/L B.F. SMITH, DFC & F/S HALL). 3 Beam and low flying, 15 N.F.T. 2 "Y2 Training, 1 Air Firing, SGT OVERTON (Pilot) appointed to Commissioned Rank.  Hamburg         
30/07/1943  Friday  15 aircraft detailed for operations but were later cancelled. 2 "Y" Training, 2 from WYTON, 2 N.F.T.           
31/07/1943  Saturday  21 aircraft detailed for operations but cancelled shortly before take-off. P/O SULLIVAN and P/O THOMSON, DFC appointed A/F/Lt. and F/L FOSTER (Bombing Leader) appointed A/S/Ldr. 8 Beam and low flying, 9 N.F.T., 1 "Y" Training, 3 Fighter Affiliation, 1 from WYTON.