156 Squadron Log
Date Weekday Activity Target
1/06/1944  Thursday  1 non operational flight. P.F.F. Postagram dated 1/6/44 granted W/C E.C. Eaton DFC (Missing 28.4.44) the acting rank of Group Captain wef 4.2.44. F/L R.B. Leigh (Nav) awarded D.F.C.           
2/06/1944  Friday  6 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. W/O W. B. Marshall (Pilot) and W/O G. Thorneycroft (Nav) Commissioned. 23 non operational flights.           
3/06/1944  Saturday  6 aircraft detailed for operations, Calais Coastal Battery, all proceeded and returned. 17 non operational flights. F/L C.G. Hopton DFC promoted A/S/L, F/S H. Toon (now P/O A.G.), F/S H.L. Wilson (Nav now P/O in 582 Squadron) and F/S V.B. Crosby (F/E now in 582 Squadron) awarded D.F.M  Calais         
4/06/1944  Sunday  7 non operational flights.           
5/06/1944  Monday  16 aircraft detailed for operations. Two targets,The Coastal Batteries at HOULGATE and LONGUES. All proceeded and returned. 19 non operational flights.  Houlgate  Longues       
6/06/1944  Tuesday  13 aircraft detailed for operations, which were later cancelled with the exception of two, S/L T.W.G. Godfrey as Master Bomber, and S/L T.E. Ison as Deputy Master Bomber. Owing to thick cloud the target could not be identified. Master Bomber instructed Main Force to abandon mission. F/L R.E. Manvell DFM (F/E Leader), F/L H.W. Gillis (Nav) and W/O Gibbs awarded D.F.C. F/S Clements G.H. awarded D.F.M. F/S V.F. Salter DFC , F/O D.I. Thomas (Radar) and 6 other ranks awarded Mention in Despatches  Acheres         
7/06/1944  Wednesday  13 aircraft detailed for operations all proceeded. On one of the two targets attacked, Versailles Maletots, S/L T.E. Ison was Master Bomber. S/L C.G. Hopton DFC was Depuy Master Bomber and F/O Wiseman DFC Visual Backer Up. S/L Hopton and crew missing from this raid. The other target was Foret De Cerisey. F/LT Wood DFC flew with S/L Hopton as Visual Marker 2 non operational flights  Foret de Cerisy  Versailles       
8/06/1944  Thursday  15 aircraft detailed for operations. 14 on Fougeres and one on Alencon marshalling yards All proceeded and returned. 1 non operational flight  Fougeres  Alenoch       
9/06/1944  Friday  13 aircraft detailed for operations all proceeded and returned. Two targets, Le Mans and Rennes. P/O P.V.T. Ribbins aircraft extensively damaged by light flak. The port inner engine was hit and burst into flames. The aircraft was again repeatedly hit and the starboard inner engine burst into flames. By feathering the fires were extinguished. The crippled circled this aerodrome after all the other crews had been interrogated and gone to bed. It made a perfect landing on two engines although the port tyre was punctured. W/C Burrough's aircraft hit and damaged, and returned to base on three engines. F/L L.A. Dwen and crew posted to Squadron  Rennes  Le Mans       
10/06/1944  Saturday  16 aircraft detailed for operations, which were later cancelled. 8 non operational flights           
11/06/1944  Sunday  16 aircraft detailed for operations all proceeded and returned. The target was Tours marshalling yards. F/L W Taggart carried out the duties of Master Bomber and S/L M.R. Attwater was Deputy Master bomber for this raid. 7 non operational flights  Tours         
12/06/1944  Monday  16 aircraft detailed for operations on two targets. One target was later cancelled. 3 aircraft proceeded on a raid on Gelsenkirchen and all three returned. Sgt Reynolds (A.G.) awarded immediate DFM. 8 non operational flights  Gelsenkirchen         
13/06/1944  Tuesday  - no entries           
14/06/1944  Wednesday  8 aircraft detailed for operations St Pol station area, all proceeded and returned. F/L W. Taggart was Master Bomber and F/O R.C. Wiseman DFC Deputy Master Bomber for this raid. 16 non operational flights.  St Pol         
15/06/1944  Thursday  16 aircraft detailed for operations Lens Marshalling Yards, all proceeded and returned. 15 non operational flights.  Lens         
16/06/1944  Friday  14 aircraft detailed for operations, all proceeded and returned. W/O W.G. Knowles (Nav) commissioned. 2 non operational flights.  Renescure         
17/06/1944  Saturday  9 aircraft detailed for operations Montdidier Marshalling Yards, all proceeded and returned. Master Bomber decided that weather conditions were against a sucessful attack and ordered force to retain bombs and return to base. 5 non operational flights.  MontDidier         
18/06/1944  Sunday  9 aircraft detailed for operations, which were later cancelled. 14 non operational flights.           
19/06/1944  Monday  10 aircraft detailed for operations, which were later cancelled. 15 non operational flights.           
20/06/1944  Tuesday  F/L J. t'Hart (Netherlands) decorated on a Squadron Parade by Air Officer Commanding Path Finder Force with the DFC. The weather continued to be very poor and no aircraft were detailed. Late in the evening information was received which necessitated all crews being recalled to the Station. Aircraft were armed with daylight ammunition. Crews were briefed to stand by for dawn 21st June. This arrangement was subsequently cancelled. F/L G.C. Hemmings promoted A/S/L. 13 non operational flights.           
21/06/1944  Wednesday  2 aircraft detailed for the Squadron's first Lancaster daylight raid. S/L T E Ison was detailed as Master Bomber and S/L M. R. Attwater as Deputy Master Bomber. Aircraft were airbourne at 1820 hours. Target St Martins C/Works.  St Martin         
22/06/1944  Thursday  15 non operational flights. F/O R.C. Wiseman DFC and F/O L.H. Lawton DFM granted the rank of F/L.           
23/06/1944  Friday  16 aircraft detailed for operations, 14 carried out a raid on one of the Flying bomb locations Coubronnes C/Works . 1 aircraft failed to return from raid P/O D. Langford and crew. The Flight Engineer Leader F/L Manvell DFC DFC (sic - maybe DFC DFM?) flew in the missing aircraft. S/L M.R. Attwater DFC was Master Bomber and S/L T.W.C. Godfrey DFC was Master Bomber for a raid on Bientanes C/Works 9 non operational flights.  Coubronnes  Bientques       
24/06/1944  Saturday  16 aircraft detailed for operations. Two targets Bamienes and Middle Straete C/Works. All proceeded and returned. 7 non operational flights.  Middel Straete  Bamieres       
25/06/1944  Sunday  16 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. 6 non operational flights.           
26/06/1944  Monday  - no entries           
27/06/1944  Tuesday  17 aircraft detailed for daylight operations, 15 were were later cancelled. 2 proceeded S/L T.W.G. Godfrey as Master Bomber and S/L C. G. Davies DSO as Deputy Master Bomber. Target Marguise C/Works. W/O Johnson, B.L. (F/E) and F/S Bentham, C (F/E) awarded DFM. S/L B.M. Mathers and W/O Minogue (posted 582 Squadron) and F/L Moyes (missing) awarded DFC. 15 aircraft detailed for the night's operations. Two targets Foret De Essay? And Cisemont C/Works. All proceeded and returned. 1 non operational flight.  Marquise Mimoyecques  Oisemont  Foret D'Eay     
28/06/1944  Wednesday  W/O F.I. Ide (A.G.) commissioned. S/L R.A. Benson (Nav) and F/L J. Booth (B/A) awarded DFC. W/O H.W. Davy (Missing) awarded DFC.           
29/06/1944  Thursday  2 aircraft detailed for a daylight raid on Donleger C/Works. F/L R.C. WisemanDFC was Master Bomber and F/L t'Hart was Deputy Master Bomber, both returned. F/L Wisemans' aircraft was severely damaged by flak. S/L T.W.C. Godfrey DFC detailed as Master Bomber and S/L G.G. Davies as Deputy for a dawn raid on the 30th June, but cancelled before takeoff. F/L Taggart and S/L T. E. Ison awarded immediate DFC. 7 non operational flights.  Domleger         
30/06/1944  Friday  2 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. 11 non operational flights