156 Squadron Log
Date Weekday Activity Target
1/03/1944  Wednesday  18 Aircraft detailed for operations, all proceeded, 2 aircraft returned early. 1 aircraft missing - F/Sgt R. M. Baker and crew. S/LD D. H. Thomas, D.S.O. D.F.M the Squadron Navigation Leader left the Squadron on posting to H.Q. (Unit) 3 Group. His sucessor S/LD J.F. Hacking D.F.C. & Bar arrived. F.Sgt G Smith and crew reported from 625 Squadron. F/O A.G. E. Kayll and crew posted from 7 Squadron.  Stuttgart         
2/03/1944  Thursday  17 non operational flights. F/Sgt H.H. Turner posted to No. 11 Base           
3/03/1944  Friday  10 non operational flights.           
4/03/1944  Saturday  21 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. F/O E. C. Reynolds D.F.C. (W/op/AG) posted to SHQ Upwood           
5/03/1944  Sunday  21 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. The Squadron moved to Upwood by air and road. The aircraft were flown to Upwood by 1100 hours to prepare for the night's operations, which were later cancelled. The move was sucessfully completed by 1800 hours. Small rear party left at Warboys. 23 non operational flights           
6/03/1944  Monday  20 aircraft detailed for operations which were cancelled before takeoff. Rear party completed their duties at Upwood. 2 non operational flights,           
7/03/1944  Tuesday  21 non operational flights,           
8/03/1944  Wednesday  4 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. 11 non operational flights,           
9/03/1944  Thursday  F/Sgt W.J. Cleland and crew posted from 12 Squadron. W/O C. E. O'Neill and crew posted from 576 Squadron           
10/03/1944  Friday  F/Sgt A.G. Smith awarded the CGM for conspicuous gallantry in air operations on 15.2.44 (Editors Note - I believe this entry relates to G C C Chapman-Smith)           
11/03/1944  Saturday  32 non operational flights.           
12/03/1944  Sunday  4 non operational flights. W/C E.C. Easton D.F.C. reposted wef 4.2.44 to command the Squadron           
13/03/1944  Monday  16 non operational flights.           
14/03/1944  Tuesday  11 non operational flights. F/O B. Folkes and crew posted from 31 Base. F/LT T. E. Ison and crew posted from 1656 C.U. W/O H. T. Griffin pilot commissioned           
15/03/1944  Wednesday  24 aircraft detailed for operations. 24 aircraft proceeded an all returned safely. The previous occasion on which 24 aircraft proceeded and all returned was on 24/7/43. F/LT R.F. Griffin and crew posted from 103 Squadron. Sgt C. W. Reeves Navigator commissioned. 18 non operational flights.  Stuttgart         
16/03/1944  Thursday  21 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. W/O Paterson navigator commissioned. 3 non operational flights.           
17/03/1944  Friday  17 non operational flights.           
18/03/1944  Saturday  24 aircraft detailed for operations all proceeded and returned. 13 non operational flights.  Frankfurt         
19/03/1944  Sunday  21 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. 2 non operational flights. F/Sgt G. D. Smith pilot commissioned.           
20/03/1944  Monday  21 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. 11 non operational flights           
21/03/1944  Tuesday  21 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. 8 non operational flights           
22/03/1944  Wednesday  21 aircraft detailed for operations. All proceeded and returned. 19 non operational flights  Frankfurt         
23/03/1944  Thursday  3 non operational flights A/S/L J. B. Geoghegan D.F.C. G.D. (N) posted to P.F.F.N.T.U.           
24/03/1944  Friday  21 aircraft detailed for operations. All proceeded 2 aircraft returned early 1 aircraft missing F/LT R. Richmond and crew. 10 non operational flights  Berlin         
25/03/1944  Saturday  11 non operational flights           
26/03/1944  Sunday  11 aircraft detailed for operations. All proceeded and returned. F/Sgt M. L. Wilson navigator commissioned 21 non operational flights  Essen         
27/03/1944  Monday  11 non operational flights           
28/03/1944  Tuesday  17 non operational flights           
29/03/1944  Wednesday  16 non operational flights           
30/03/1944  Thursday  21 aircraft detailed for operations. 1 aircraft did not proceed owing to burst tyre. 4 aircraft missing from Bombers Commands heaviest losses yet of 97 aircraft. Capt F Johnson, W/O J.A. Murphy, P/O L Lindley, S/L P.R Goodwin and crews. 11 aircraft landed at scattered points away from base. Heavy snowstorm when aircraft returned to base from the raid.  Nurnburg         
31/03/1944  Friday  3 non operational flights