156 Squadron Log
Date Weekday Activity Target
1/09/1944  Friday  S/L M.R. Attwater DFC and crew screened with a total of 424 sorties between them. 18 non operational flights. Sgt C.R. Clark (Nav) commissioned           
2/09/1944  Saturday  8 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. 3 non operational flights. F/S K.W. Taylor (W/op) commissioned.           
3/09/1944  Sunday  9 aircraft detailed for daylight operations on EINDHOVEN Airfield. All proceeded and returned. S/L A.W.G. Cochrane was Master Bomber and F/L K.P.C. Doyle Deputy Master Bomber. S/L M.R. Attwater DFC awarded immediate DSO  Eindhoven         
4/09/1944  Monday  No flying today           
5/09/1944  Tuesday  4 A/C detailed for operations against LE HAVRE. The Commanding Officer (W/C T.L. Bingham-Hall DFC) was Master Bomber, and S/L T.E. Ison DFC Deputy Master Bomber. 16 non operational flights. F/S C.R. DEE (W/op) commissioned and F/L N. CRAWFORD (Nav) (RCAF) promoted Acting Squadron Leader  Le Havre         
6/09/1944  Wednesday  11 A/C detailed for operations on two targets. S/L T.E. ISON DFC was Master Bomber, and S/L A.W.G. COCHRANE DFC Deputy Master Bomber with two other aircraft attacked LE HAVRE. The remainder attacked EMDEN. 1 A/C returned early with engine trouble.  Emden  Le Havre       
7/09/1944  Thursday  The Commanding Officer (W/C T.L. BINGHAM-HALL DFC) assumed command of the Station during the absence on leave of G/C J.L. AIREY DFC, W/C D.B. FALCONER DFC AFC assumed temporary command of the Squadron. W/C R.J. BURROUGH "A" Flight Commander attached to RAF Station Wyton pending posting.           
8/09/1944  Friday  5 A/C detailed for operations. The target was again LE HAVRE. The German garrison is still holding out there. S/L T.E. ISON DFC was Master Bomber and S/L A.W.G. COCHRANE DFC Deputy Master Bomber. Cloud was 10/10ths over the target area, and the attack had to be abandoned. 13 non operational flights  Le Havre         
9/09/1944  Saturday  5 A/C detailed for operations against LE HAVRE. The mission was abortive owing to thunderstorms and 10/10ths cloud. A serious accident occurred today. Bombs were being removed from one of the aircraft on the disposal point. For some reason, not yet known, the bombs which were on the trailer exploded. Seven airmen were killed, and trace of 4 of these airman could not be found. They were classfiied "Missing, believed killed". 3 airmen were dangerously injured and many others were injured. F/O C.W. MOSELEY and crew posted from 166 Squadron.  Le Havre  Warboys       
10/09/1944  Sunday  6 A/C detailed for operations against LE HAVRE. 17 non operational flights.  Le Havre         
11/09/1944  Monday  13 A/C detailed for operations - a daylight raid on GELSENKIRCHEN. All proceeded. 1 A/C missing, S/L A.W.RAW and crew. The target was strongly defended and 10 aircraft were hit and damaged by flak. 3 non operational flights  Gelsenkirchen         
12/09/1944  Tuesday  5 A/C detailed for daylight operations against SCHOLVEN. 16 further aircraft detailed for the nights operations on FRANKFURT. 15 proceeded. Today LE HAVRE at last surrendered. A memorial service was held today on "B" Flight dispersal for the airmen who lost their lives in the bomb explosion and for whom no burial was possible. F/L ETCHELLS awarded immediate DSO.  Scholven  Frankfurt       
13/09/1944  Wednesday  6 A/C detailed for operations against NORDSTERN. All proceeded and returned. 7 non operational flights. W/O L. PROUD DFM (Nav) commissioned. F/O I. H. DERAMORE-DENVER and crew reported from P.F.F.N.T.U.  Nordstern         
14/09/1944  Thursday  5 A/C detailed for operations against WASSANAAR an ammunition dump near the HAGUE. S/L A.W.G. COCHRANE DFC was Master Bomber and F/L K.P.O. DOYLE Deputy Master Bomber. 11 A/C detailed for the nights operations which were later cancelled.  Wassenar         
15/09/1944  Friday  16 A/C detailed for operations on KIEL. 15 non operational flights W/C R.J. BURROUGH posted to 128 Squadron to Command.  Kiel         
16/09/1944  Saturday  6 A/C detailed for operations on MOERDLIK BRIDGE. 3 non operational flights.  Moerdijk         
17/09/1944  Sunday  6 A/C detailed for operations on BOULOGNE. S/L A.E.G. COCHRANE was Master Bomber and the Commanding Officer (W/C T.L. BINGHAM-HALL DFC) was Deputy Master Bomber. 2 further aircraft detailed for a raid on the Gun positions at FLUSHING. F/L K.P.C. DOYLE was Master Bomber and F/L P.F. CLAYTON Deputy Master Bomber 9 non operational flights.  Boulogne  Flushing       
18/09/1944  Monday  2 A/C detailed for operations. F/L P.F. CLAYTON Master Bomber and F/O G. LEWIS Deputy Master Bomber. The target was the Heavy Coastal Battery near DOMBURG. 10/10 ths cloud, and the mission was abandoned over the target. 16 non operational flights.  Domburg         
19/09/1944  Tuesday  F/S G.C. McKENNA (A/G) commissioned. F/O SPINLEY D.F.M. and crew reported from P.F.F.N.T.U.           
20/09/1944  Wednesday  14 A/C detailed for operations against CALAIS defence area. S/L T. E. ISON was Master Bomber. F/L W.J. BARCLAY (Nav) F/L J.A. CAMERON (Pilot) (Posted 23 O.T.U.) F/L S.L. DENNIS and P/O L.L. DEED (both missing 13.8.44) F/L J.L. BIRCH, P/O D.S.S. POTTER, F/L K.P.C DOYLE, W/O H.H. ANDREWS (posted P.F.F.N.T.U), P/O H.T. GRIFFIN (posted 1656 C.U.), F/L W.J. CLELAND, F/L J. CUTHILL, F/L E WILLIAMS, F/L C.W. REEVES (missing 11.9.44) F/L A.J.C.CROOME, P/O G. THORNEYCROFT and P/O R. TROTTER awarded D.F.C.  Calais         
21/09/1944  Thursday  F/S J. HAY (posted 20 O.T.U) and F/SGT G.GRACEY (A/G) awarded D.F.M. F/L R.M. ETCHELLS D.S.O. awarded D.F.C F/S K.W.HARRIS commissioned           
22/09/1944  Friday  No flying today.           
23/09/1944  Saturday  2 a/c detailed for daylight operations on NEUSS. 16 non operational flights. P/O S. FREEDEN (A/G) awarded immediate D.F.C.  Neuss         
24/09/1944  Sunday  1 A/C, F/L K.P.C. DOYLE DFC and crew , detailed for operations and "Longstop" duties on CALAIS. This A/C failed to return.  Calais         
25/09/1944  Monday  6 A/C detailed for operations on CALAIS. The Commanding Officer (W/C T.L. BINGHAM-HALL DFC) was Master Bomber and W/C D.B. FALCONER DFC AFC was Deputy Master Bomber. 7 non operationa flights.  Undergo         
26/09/1944  Tuesday  6 A/C detailed for operations against CAP GRIS NEZ. F/O A.C. POPE and crew posted from 100 Squadron. F/L L.H. GILBERT (Bombing Leader) promoted Acting Squadron Leader.  Cap Gris Nez         
27/09/1944  Wednesday  4 non operational flights. 12 A/C detailed for operations on two targets. 6 attacked BOTTROP. 6 attacked CALAIS with W/C D.B. FALCONER DFC AFC as Master Bomber and F/O G. LEWIS as Deputy Master Bomber.  Bottrop  Calais       
28/09/1944  Thursday  6 A/C detailed for raids on CALAIS area. F/L P.F. CLAYTON and F/L J.A. WILSON Master Bomber and F/L M.W. KITSON and F/O G. LEWIS Deputy Master Bombers. 21 non operational flights.  Cap Gris Nez         
29/09/1944  Friday  W/O L. HADLEY (Nav) Commissioned . 19 non operational flights.           
30/09/1944  Saturday  6 A/C detailed for operations on BOTTROP.  Bottrop