156 Squadron Log
Date Weekday Activity Target
1/08/1944  Tuesday  4 AIRCRAFT DETAILED FOR DAYLIGHT OPERATIONS. Two targets, F/L K.P.C. Doyle was Master Bomber and F/L J. A. Wilson was Deputy on COULON VILLERS C/W's. The raid was abortive due to 10/10 ths cloud 8 non operational flights.  Prouville  Coulon Villers       
2/08/1944  Wednesday  No Flying.           
3/08/1944  Thursday  10 aircraft detailed for daylight operations on BOIS DE CASSAN DUMP. All proceeded and returned. F/L R.C. Wiseman DFC promoted A/S/L. 1 non operational flight.  Bios de Cassan         
4/08/1944  Friday  16 aircraft detailed for daylight operations, 12 were cancelled before takeoff. 4 aircraft proceeded and attacked TROSSY DUMP. 12 aircraft detailed for futher daylight raid, 4 of which were later cancelled, 8 proceeded, the target being PAUILLAC. W/C W.W.G. Scott "B" Flight commander posted to 608 Squadron (Mosquito) to command. 4 non operational flights  Trossy-St-Maxim  Pauillac       
5/08/1944  Saturday  8 aircraft detailed for daylight operations on FORET DE NIEPPE C/W's. 6 further aircraft detailed for a raid on COULON VILLERS C/W's. All proceeded and returned. 1 non operational flight.  Foret de Nieppes  Coulon Villers       
6/08/1944  Sunday  6 aircraft detailed for daylight operations on the HAZEBROUK M/YARDS. All proceeded and returned. S/L J.A. Robertson returned early owing to deafness. 2 aircraft detailed for special observer details in FRANCE. 13 non operational flights.  Cabourg  Hazebrouck       
7/08/1944  Monday  16 aircraft detailed for night operations. The targets were TOTALIZE A/P 2 and 4. All proceeded and returned. An unfortunate accident occurred during the night. A Mosquito aircraft returning from operations crashed into a Married Quarter killing two occupants from the Squadron. They were F/S L.A. Rookes (A/B) and F/S D. Winlow (Nav). The crew of the Mosquito were also killed. The bodies of the two Squadron airmen were sent home for burial.  Normandy  Caen  Upwood     
8/08/1944  Tuesday  14 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. F/O W.E.B. Mason and crew posted from 625 Squadron. P/O W.B. Dalgleish (A/B) awarded immediate DFC, Sgt L.A. Bridges, W/OP and Sgt E.J. Kilminster, F/E immediate DFM. 2 non operational flights.           
9/08/1944  Wednesday  15 aircraft detailed for night operations on FORT D'ENGLOS. All proceeded and returned. 17 non operational flights.  Fort d'Englos         
10/08/1944  Thursday  F/L P.F. Clayton DFC and crew posted from 582 Squadron. 2 non operational flights.           
11/08/1944  Friday  10 aircraft detailed for daylight operations on SOMAIN M/YARDS. 6 non operational flights.  Somaine         
12/08/1944  Saturday  10 aircraft detailed for night operations on RUSSELHEIM, 15 proceeded. Two aircraft missing F/L J.N. McDonald DFM and S/L G.C. Hemmings DFC and crew. W/C D.B. Falconer DFC AFC (Pilot) posted from 571 Squadron. 18 non operational flights.  Russelsheim         
13/08/1944  Sunday  F/O J. M. Freeman and crew posted from 626 Squadron. S/L H.F. Slade DFC (Pilot) awarded immediate DSO. 6 non operational flights.           
14/08/1944  Monday  15 aircraft detailed for daylight operations in the BATTLE AREA. All proceeded and returned. 1 non operational flight.  Normandy  Falaise       
15/08/1944  Tuesday  11 aircraft detailed for daylight operations, two attacked VOLKEL AIRFIELD and the remainder on EINDHOVEN AIRFIELD. 3 non operational flights.  Volkel  Eindhoven       
16/08/1944  Wednesday  16 aircraft detailed for night operations, 3 aircraft attacked STETTIN and the remainder on KIEL. 16 non operational flights.  Stettin  Kiel       
17/08/1944  Thursday  S/L R.C. Wiseman DFC (Pilot) attached to P.F.F.N.T.U. W/O G. Breakwell DFM (A.G.) commissioned           
18/08/1944  Friday  16 aircraft detailed for night operations on two targets, S/L M.R. Attwater was Master Bomber and F/L A.W.G. Cochrane DFC was Deputy, with 10 other aircraft attacked CONNATRE. 4 aircraft attacked Bremen,. S/L H.F. Slade DSO DFC was selected and proceeded on Junior Commanders course at CRANWELL. 17 non operational flights.  Connatre  Bremen       
19/08/1944  Saturday  No Flying           
20/08/1944  Sunday  F/S C. Bentham DFM (F/E) and F/S J.A. Brookes (F/E) commissioned 1 non operational flights.           
21/08/1944  Monday  No flying owing to bad weather           
22/08/1944  Tuesday  16 aircraft detailed for operations which were cancelled before takeoff. F/L A.W.G. Cochrane DFC (Pilot) promoted to A/S/Ldr.           
23/08/1944  Wednesday  17 non operational flights.           
24/08/1944  Thursday  16 aircraft detailed for night operations which were cancelled before take-off. P/O J.R. Dillon (CD/S) awarded DFC 17 non operational flights.           
25/08/1944  Friday  16 non operational flights. 16 aircraft detailed for night operations. All proceeded and returned.  Russelsheim         
26/08/1944  Saturday  16 aircraft detailed for night operations on KIEL. All proceeded, one aircraft missing F/L R.M. Etchells and crew. 7 non operational flights.  Kiel         
27/08/1944  Sunday  8 aircraft detailed for daylight operations on MARQUISE/MIMOYECQUES C/W's. All proceeded and returned. F/O J.M. Freeman's aircraft damaged by flak, which also penetrated the nose, wounding the Bomb Aimer. The aircraft was sucessfully landed on three engines at MANSTON. 1 sortie was abortive owing to bombsite becoming U/S. S/L M.R. Attwater DFC was Master Bomber and S/L A.W.G. Cochrane was Deputy for the raid. F/L N Rollin and crew posted from 12 Squadron. 1 non operational flight.  Marquise Mimoyecques         
28/08/1944  Monday  13 non operational flights.           
29/08/1944  Tuesday  16 aircraft detailed for operation on STETTIN. All proceeded and returned. Very good news was received today that F/L R.M. Etchells and his crew was rescued from the sea and have been landed at GRIMSBY. The aircraft had been attacked by an enemy fighter whilst over the target. The E/A was shot down and claimed as destroyed. The aircraft ditched sucessfully although one engine was on fire and two feathered. The dinghy was sighted and a lifeboat dropped. It could not be reached however and the next day another aircraft dropped a lifeboat, which was eventually reached after strenuous efforts, during which an unsuccessful attempt was made by the Rear Gunner to swim out to the lifeboat. The sea was very rough the next day, and just when the lifeboat was almost swamped a DANISH fishing boat was sighted and the crew ere taken aboard. They persuaded the DANES to make course for ENGLAND. An A.S.R. launch eventually took them off and the launch and fishing boat arrived at GRIMSBY.  Stettin         
30/08/1944  Wednesday  No Operations. F/O J.G.E. Evans and crew posted from 100 Squadron. F/S T. Kennedy (Nav) commissioned. Six airmen (Armament and Maintenance Assistants) were today transferred to the Army. This was the Squadron's first contribution, "in agreement"?, with the policy to transfer personnel from other Services into the Army           
31/08/1944  Thursday  8 aircraft detailed for daylight operations, two targets LUMBRES on which the CO W/C T.L. Bingham-Hall DFC was Master Bomber and F/L K.P.C. Doyle was Deputy. On ST RIQUIER S/L M.R. Attwater DFC was Master Bomber and S/L A.W.G. Cochrane DFC was Deputy. All proceeded and returned. S/L A.W. Raw DFC AFC (Pilot) posted from 82 O.T.U. and F/L V.H.M. Todd (Pilot) from 30 O.T.U. F/S E.F. Hearn (Nav) commissioned. 1 non operational flight.  Lumbres  St Riquier