156 Squadron Log
Date Weekday Activity Target
1/08/1943  Sunday  No Operations. 4 Y Training and Bombing Flights, 1 Bombing Practice Flight, 1 to BINBROOK, 1 to ABINGDON and return. 1 Air to Sea Firing. W/O ATKIN, DFM was appointed to commissioned rank.           
2/08/1943  Monday  21 aircraft detailed for operations. All took off and returned. 4 Beam and low flying. 10 N.F.T. 1 Air Firing, 1 Bombsight levelling, 1 flight from WYTON to BASE. SGT CRAIGHEAD (F/E) posted to 1656 Conversion Unit for instructor duties.  Hamburg         
3/08/1943  Tuesday  No Operations. 3 Y Flights, 1 Ait Firing and Air Test, 1 Cross Country, 1 Air to Sea Firing.           
4/08/1943  Wednesday  18 aircraft detailed for operations but cancelled early. 5 Beam and Low Flying. 3 Y Training Flights 1 Solo Circuits and Landings, 1 Dual, 1 Air Test, 10 N.F.T. 1Bombsight levelling, 1 Cross Country 1 Ait to Sea Firing. F/S CLEMENTS (Nav) and F/S LODER (Nav) appointed to commissioned rank, also F/S WRIGHT, J.R. and SGT WORTHINGTON (reported missing).           
5/08/1943  Thursday  10 aircraft detailed for operations but were cancelled. 4 Y Training Flights, 1 to GRIMSBY and return, 1 circuits and landings, 1 N.F.T., 1 from WYTON and air firing. 1 from WYTON.           
6/08/1943  Friday  19 aircraft detailed for operations but were cancelled. 5 Beam and low flying flights. 9 N.F.T. 1 Air firing. 2 Y Training flights. 1 BULLSEYE exercise. F/S COLDHAM (Pilot) appointed to commissioned rank. F/L MANIFOLD and crew reported to this Squadron for flying duties on cessation of attachment to P.F.F.N.T.U. SGT REES (F/E) posted to this Squadron for flying duties from 12 Squadron.           
7/08/1943  Saturday  22 aircraft detailed for operations. 20 took off and all returned safely. 2 Beam and low flying, 3 N.F.T., 1 Circuits and Landings, 2 Y Training 1 Bombsight levelling. W/O CURTIS (Nav) appointed to commissioned rank. SGT FOLLAND (F/E) posted 10 1662 Conversion Unit fro re-crewing. SGT KING (F/E) to 1656 Conversion Unit. F/S TROTT (A/B) reported for flying details from 35 Squadron.  Turin & Genoa  Milan       
8/08/1943  Sunday  No flying due to inclement weather. P/O ILLIUS and Crew, F/L PETERS AND Crew and SGT HEWITT and Crew reported to the Squadron for flying duties on cessation of attachment to P.F.F.N.T.U.. F/L YOUNG appointed Acting Squadron Leader. F/O BURGER appointed Acting Flight Lieutenant.           
9/08/1943  Monday  21 aircraft detailed for operations. All took off and returned, although 2 returned early. 10 N.F.T., 4 Air Firing, 3 Y Training Flights and Bombings, 1 Beam and low flying, 2 to GRANSDEN and return, 2 Air to Sea Firing, 1 Y Cross Country, 2 flights from WYTON. F/SGT MONK (A/G) and F/SGT HEWERDINE (Pilot) (now reported missing) appointed to commissioned rank.  Mannheim         
10/08/1943  Tuesday  20 aircraft detailed for operations. 19 took off and all returned safely. 1 Air Test, 1 N.F.T.  Nurnburg         
11/08/1943  Wednesday  No Operations. 1 Air Test, 1 N.F.T., 1 Cross Country. F/O NESDEN and crew and F/SGT PALMER and crew reported to this Squadron for flying duties on cessation of attachment to P.F.F.N.T.U.           
12/08/1943  Thursday  23 aircraft detailed for operations. 22 took off and returned, although 1 returned early. 3 Fighter Affiliation, 8 Beam and low flying, 10 N.F.T., 1 from GRAVELY. F/O GOODWIN (missing) awarded D.F.C. W/O FAST AND W/O GIVENY awarded D.F.M.  Milan         
13/08/1943  Friday  No operations. 1 local flight and 1 from WTON.           
14/08/1943  Saturday  No operations. 1 Cross Country, 1 Y Cross Country, 3 N.F.T. and bombing, 1 N.F.T. and low flying. 5 Y Training flights, 4 N.F.T., 6 Bombing Practice Flights at RUSHFORD and 3 at WHITTLESEY, 2 Air Tests, 1 Local Flight, 1 to MEPAL and one flight to MILDENHALL. F/SGT WATERHOUSE (A/G) appointed to commissioned rank. P/O WILKIN awarded D.F.M. F/L SULLIVAN and P/O HOOD (posted) awarded D.F.C.           
15/08/1943  Sunday  20 aircraft detailed for operations. 18 took off and returned safely. 1 TO wyton. 1 Cross Country, 10 N.F.T. 1 Air Firing and N.F.T.  Milan         
16/08/1943  Monday  No operations. 1 to WYTON. F/S MARSON (Missing) appointed to commissioned rank. S/L WHITE appointed Acting WING COMMANDER. F/S BURKE posted to 97 Squadron for aircrew duties. P/O ATKIN posted to P.F.F.N.T.U. for instruction duties and attached to this unit.           
17/08/1943  Tuesday  22 aircraft detailed for operations. All took off and returned safely, but one returned early. 2 N.F.T. and low flying, 12 N.F.T. 1 N.F.T. and air to sea firing, 1 Air Test, 1 Y Training Flight. F/S BURTON-BURGESS posted from 83 Squadron for Flying duties and attached to N.T.U. SGT HUDSON (Nav) and SGT EVANS (Nav) posted in from N.T.U.  Peenemunde         
18/08/1943  Wednesday  No operations. 1 Air test and 1 flight to GRIMSBY and return.           
19/08/1943  Thursday  No operations. 12 N.F.T. and 1 Y Training flight carried out. 21 aircraft detailed for operations but cancelled early.           
20/08/1943  Friday  5 aircraft detailed for Bullseye exercise which was later cancelled. 2 N.F.T., 1 Air Test, 1 flight to GRIMSBY and return, 2 Fighter Affiliation, 7 Y Training flights, 2 to SYERTON and return, 1 to NEWMARKET and return, 1 Air to sea firing. P/O INNES appointed acting Flight Lieutenant. S/L RYLE (A.G.) posted to 7 Squadron for aircrew duties. F/SGT BARLTROP (A/B) posted to 12 O.T.U. for aircrew instructor duties.           
21/08/1943  Saturday  no operations and no flying owing to inclement weather.           
22/08/1943  Sunday  13 aircraft detailed for operations. 12 took off and returned. 8 N.F.T., 1 Air Test, 3 Y Training Flights, 1 to BINBROOK, 1 from WYTON, 6 Beam and low flying flights 1 Bombing Practice Flight, 1 to LUDFORD MAGNA and return, 1 to CHURCH BROUGHTON and return.  Leverkausen         
23/08/1943  Monday  21 aircraft detailed for operations. All took off, but one failed to return (P/O ILLIUS & Crew). F/SGT STEPHENS landed his aircraft at ATTLEBRIDGE, res gunner SGT ATTREE was killed in action, SGT CLEGG (Nav) and SGT WRIGHT Mid Upper Gunner wounded. 2 Fighter Affilliation, 2 Air Tests, 1 N.F.T. and 1 Y Training Flight. F/SGT MCCARTHY (A/B) and W/O WEDD (A/B) appointed to commissioned rank.  Berlin         
24/08/1943  Tuesday  No operations 2 Fighter affiliation 1 Air firing, 3 Y.           
25/08/1943  Wednesday  No operations. 2 Air to Sea firing, 1 to LINDHOLME and return, 1 Beam and low flying, 1 to ATTLEBRIDGE, 5 Y , 1 to LICHFIELD and return, 1 Beam, 2 N.F.T. 1 to WHITCHURCH HEATH and return.           
26/08/1943  Thursday  No operations. 3 N.F.T. No further flying due to bad weather. S/L MITCHELL (Nav. Officer) posted to H.Q. No.8 (PFF) Group.           
27/08/1943  Friday  22 aircraft detailed for operations. All took off, but 1 aircraft failed to return. (F/O NESDEN and crew) 11 N.F.T., 6 N.F.T. and low flying, and 1 Y training flight carried out.  Nurnburg         
28/08/1943  Saturday  No operations. 1 flightfrom WYTON. F/SGT LOCKLEY (A/G) posted to 29 O.T.U. F/LT MANDEDO, DFC appointed to acting Squadron Leader.           
29/08/1943  Sunday  No operations. 3 Beam flying, 1 local, 1 from TANGMERE to BASE. 3 Air Tests, 4 Y , 3 N.F.T. S/L GRANT appointed acting Wing Commander. F/SGT. STEPHENS, SGT CLEGG and SGT STOCKS awarded the immediate D.F.M.           
30/08/1943  Monday  No Operations. F/L HADLEY (Nav.) posted in from 1655 M.T.U. for flying duties, also S/L COATES and crew from N.T.U. Upwood, and F/O POOLE and crew (less pilot) from 1651 Conversion Unit. S/L MOIR (pilot) posted to 12 O.T.U. for instructor duties, but attached to 60 Group for a short lecture tour. S/L MATHERS attached to Feltwell. 2 Y training flights, 1 to ELSHAM and return, 3 Bombing Practice flights at WHITTLESEY range, 1 N.F.T., 2 Fighter Affiliation, 4 Beam and low flying flights.           
31/08/1943  Tuesday  21 aircraft detailed for operations. All took off and returned safely. 10 N.F.T. 1 Y Training Flight, 6 Beam and low flying, 1 to WYTON and return.  Berlin