156 Squadron Log
Date Weekday Activity Target
1/10/1943  Friday  4 aircraft detailed for operations, all took off and returned. 7 N.F.T. 1 Local Flight. 5 Y Traiing Flights. 1 from DOWNHAM MARKET. 2 Fighter Affiliation. F/S PASCOE (A/G) Posted to 29 O.T.U. for instructor Duties. F/L STANNARD posted in from CRANWELL for aircrew details. P.O READER promoted to Flying Officer.  Hagen         
2/10/1943  Saturday  20 aircraft detailed for operations: all took off and returned. But 2 returned early. 2 Y Training Flights. 8 N.F.T. 2 Air Tests. F/L COOKE DFC (W/OP) attached to A.C.R.C London. A/F/L ANSET appointed A/S/Ldr. F/O TIMPERLEY DFC, F/O STEVENS, F/O GENTLE and F/O READER appointed A/F/LT. F/O STANILAND reported from 100 Squadron for Flying Duties.  Munich         
3/10/1943  Sunday  16 aircraft detailed for operations: 15 took off and returned. 1 N.F.T. 1 Flight from WEST MORLING, 1 from TANGMERE to BASE. Sgt GIBB (F/E) posted to 15 O.T.U. for instructor duties. F/S MARRIAGE (A/G) posted to 21 O.T.U. for instructor duties.  Kassel         
4/10/1943  Monday  14 aircraft detailed for operations: 12 took off, but one failed to return (S/L Cook DFC DFM, P/O Godfrey (Nav.) and Crew) 2 Y Training Flifgts, 1 N.F.T. 1 Flight to ABINGDON. 1 from ABINGDON to BASE.  Frankfurt  Ludwigshafen       
5/10/1943  Tuesday  No operations. 2 N.F.T. (1 landed at BRUNTINGTHORPE) 1 Circuits and Landings. 2 N.F.T. S/L MANSFIELD, S/L COOK (DFM) (Missing), P/O CRANKSHAW DFM, P/O H.J.A. WRIGHT DFM immediate award of D.F.C. P/O SILVERMAN, F/S STONELY, SGT WILKIE (Missing) Immediate award of D.F.M. SGT BAGOT (Pilot) appointed to Commissioned Rank. F/O DOCHERTY reported from 15 O.T.U. for flying duties           
6/10/1943  Wednesday  20 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. 9 N.F.T. 2 Air Test. 1 Local Flight, 1 N.F.T. and air test.           
7/10/1943  Thursday  21 aircraft detailed for operations: all took off and returned safely. 3 N.F.T. 1 N.F.T. and low flying, 2 Ait Tests. 1 Flight from GRANSDEN to BASE. F/S LUMSDEN (A/G) posted in from 23 O.T.U. for flying duties.  Stuttgart  Freidrichschaffen  Frankfurt     
8/10/1943  Friday  21 aircraft detailed for operations: all took off, 2 returned early and one failed to return (P/O FRY & Crew). 2 Circuits and Landings, 1 Air Test. F/L H. COOKE DFC posted to 13 I.T.W. F/S FOLEY (Nav) posted to 23 O.T.U. for instructor details.  Bremen  Hanover       
9/10/1943  Saturday  No operations. 1 Dual Circuits and Landings.           
10/10/1943  Sunday  No operations. No Flying. W/O BORLAND and crew reported from N.T.U. ex 12 Squadron for flying duties.           
11/10/1943  Monday  No operations. No Flying.           
12/10/1943  Tuesday  No operations. No Flying. W/O BORLAND appointed to commissioned rank.           
13/10/1943  Wednesday  No operations. 2 Local Flights. 1 Air Firing, 1 Dual Circuits, 1 Solo Circuits, 2 N.F.T. 1 Flight to TILSTOCK. S/L FAWCETT, S/L YOUNG, F/L MCGRATH, F/L DREW, F/L STEVENS, F/O J.H. WRIGHT awarded the D.F.C. and F/S KNIGHT and W/O PARK the D.F.M. F/S KNIGHT appointed to commissioned Rank. F/L MACKIE DFC attached to C.G.S., SUTTON BRIDGE. F/S ROBINSON (A/B) posted to 19 O.T.U.           
14/10/1943  Thursday  No operations. No Flying owing to bad weather. F/S CUTTER posted to 29 O.T.U. for instructor duties.           
15/10/1943  Friday  No operations. 2 Y Training Flights. 1 Y Cross Country, 3 Local Flights. P/O CLEMENTS appointed A/F/LT. P/O M.A. CARTER, P/O COLDHAM, F/L OVERTON, P/O REYNOLDS, P/O RYAN. P/O SLOPER, P/O SWINNEY, P/O WATERHOUSE, P/O ROSE, W/O YOUNG and W/O BRANHAM awarded the D.F.C. F/S BAXTER, F/S LAWRANCE and SGT DAVIS, G.H. awarded the D.F.M. F/S STRINGER appointed to commissioned rank. S/L DEANE DFC, posted in from B.D.U. for aircrew duties.           
16/10/1943  Saturday  No operations. 5 Y Training Flights. 1 Dual and Solo Circuits. 3 Air Tests. 1 flight to TILSTOCK and return. 1 Cross Country 1S.B.A. P/O LODER and P/O H.J.A. WRIGHT appointed A/F/LT. W/O WISHART appointed to commissioned rank.           
17/10/1943  Sunday  No operations. 2 Local Flights. 8 Y Training flights. 1 Cross Country. 1 Night Cross Country, 3 Night Circuits and landings. F/S SULLIVAN (A/G) posted to 29 O.T.U. for instructor duties. S/L MATHERS posted to 30 O.T.U. F/L MANIFOLD appointed A/S/LDR. And P/O MOPPETT appointed A/F/LT. P/O BOND and crew ex 101 SQUADRON reported from N.T.U. for flying duties. Also W/O RULE and crew. F/S GEE (A/G) posted to 21 O.T.U.           
18/10/1943  Monday  10 aircraft detailed for operations: all took off and returned safely. 14 N.F.T. and 3 Y Training flights. F/S GYNTHER appointed to commissioned rank. F/S LONGMORE (A/G) posted to 10 O.T.U. for instructor duties.  Hanover         
19/10/1943  Tuesday  21 aircraft detailed for operations which were cancelled in the early afternoon. 7 N.F.T. 2 Cross Country Flights and 2 Y Training Flights carried out.           
20/10/1943  Wednesday  16 aircraft detailed for operations: all took off and returned. 6 Fighter Affiliation flights. 5 N.F.T. 1 Altitude Test, 1 Y Training flight, 1 Air Test. F/S BURTON-BURGESS (F/E) posted to 83 SQUADRON for air crew duties. F/S RUSBRIDGE (A/B) posted to 17 O.T.U. for instructor duties.  Leipzig         
21/10/1943  Thursday  No operations. 2 Air firing. 4 Bombing Practice flights. 1 Y Air to Air firing. 2 Air to Air firing. 4 Y, 1 N.F.T.           
22/10/1943  Friday  21 aircraft detailed for operations: 20 took off and returned, but 3 returned early. 3 Bombing Practice flights, 2 Y and Practice Bombing. 6 N.F.T. F/S STONELEY (WO/AG) appointed to commissioned rank.  Kassel  Frankfurt       
23/10/1943  Saturday  No operations. 3 from MILDENHALL to BASE. 5 Y training flights, 1 Air Test. 1 Night Cross Country. F/S FORDYCE and SGT TURNER and crews reported from N.T.U. for flying details.           
24/10/1943  Sunday  No operations. 1 aircraft on Bullseye exercise, 3 Y 4 Y Cross Country flights, 1 Night Cross Country.           
25/10/1943  Monday  No operations. 4 Y Training Flights, 2 Air Tests, 5 Y Cross Country Flights.           
26/10/1943  Tuesday  No operations and no flying owing to fog. F/O TILLEY (WO/AG) reported for flying duties from 16 O.T.U.           
27/10/1943  Wednesday  No operations. 3 Fighter Affiliation flights. 3 Y Training flights. 1 local flight. 2 Y Cross Country.           
28/10/1943  Thursday  No operations and no flying owing to fog. W/C GRANT DFC awarded immediate D.S.O. W/O LINDSAY awarded immediate DFC; and F/S CHAPMAN and F/S FORBES the immediate D.F.M. SGT STOKES appointed to commissioned rank.           
29/10/1943  Friday  No operations and no flying owing to inclement weather. F/O GLASSPOOL (Nav) posted in from 97 Squadron for flying duties.           
30/10/1943  Saturday  20 aircraft detailed for operations which were cancelled late in the afternoon. 13 N.F.T. W/O PARK (F/E) posted to 35 SQUADRON for flying duties. SGT MACARTHUR reported from 1656 C.U. for aircrew duties.           
31/10/1943  Sunday  No operations. The Squadron participated in a defence exercise, whicjh involved the defence of the aerodrome; the enemy consisting of non-local Home Guard detachments, were unable to penetrate the station at any point.