156 Squadron Log
Date Weekday Activity Target
1/10/1944  Sunday  After the heavy pounding by Bomber Command and to which this Squadron made its contributionlast month, CALAIS surrendered to-day. F/L J.H. BLACKADDER (Nav) posted from 635 Squadron and took over the duties of H2S Leader. S/L R.H. DEAN DFC (H2S Leader) took over the duties of Squadron Navigation Officer, vice S/L A.J. MULLIGAN DFO DFC (Awaiting Posting). 20 non operational flights.           
2/10/1944  Monday  No operations. 16 non operational flights.           
3/10/1944  Tuesday  15 non operational flights.           
4/10/1944  Wednesday  No flying today.           
5/10/1944  Thursday  16 A/C detailed for night operations on SAARBRUCKEN, all proceeded and returned. S/L K.J. LAWSON DSO DFC promoted A/W/C. 17 non operational flights.  Saarbrucken         
6/10/1944  Friday  10 aircraft detailed for day operations against STERKRADE. F/O L.N.B. CANN's aircraft was hit and damaged by predicted flak near the target. F/O CANN was wounded. He pressed on however and bombed the target, and got the aircraft away from the defences. He was by now in a bad state and the Navigator Sgt R.V. FISHER, assisted by the Wireless Operator removed the half fainting Captain to the rest bed, where he "Passed Out". In the meantime the Flight Engineer and the Navigator 2 abandoned the aircraft by parachute. Sgt Fisher took over the controls and flew the damaged aircraft to within sight of this aerodrome. The captain had by now sufficiently recovered and he took over and sucessfully landed here. On this raid the Squadron Commander (W/O BINGHAM-HALL DFC) was Master Bomber and W/C D.B. FALCONER DFC AFC was Deputy Master Bomber  Sterkrade         
7/10/1944  Saturday  11 aircraft detailed for a day light raid on KLEVE, all proceeded and returned. The Commanding Officer was Master Bomber and F/L J.A. Wilson was Deputy Master Bomber. W/C T.E. ISON DFC carried out Long Stop Duties over the NJIMEGAN SALIENT to prevent the bombing of our own troops. Whilst circling the target the C.O's aircraft was hit by heavy flak, the port inner engine caught fire and was feathered. On completion of Master Bombing duties the aircraft made its solitary homeward journey on three engines and was successfully landed at base. In spite of intense flak this raid was a very sucessful one.  Kleve         
8/10/1944  Sunday  4 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. F/S G.E. RILEY (Nav B) commissioned. 1 non operational flight           
9/10/1944  Monday  S/L T.E. ISON DFC "B" Flight Commander promoted A/W/C. W/O M. FLEMING (A.G.) commissioned.           
10/10/1944  Tuesday  18 non operational flights.           
11/10/1944  Wednesday  14 non operational flights. F/S J.W. CLOSE (A.G.) commissioned.           
12/10/1944  Thursday  4 aircraft detailed for daylight operations against WANNE EIKEL. 6 further aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. 6 non operational flights.  Wanne Eickel         
13/10/1944  Friday  11 non operational flights.           
14/10/1944  Saturday  DUISBURG received its heaviest pounding yet. This Squadron contributed 15 aircraft for the day light attack and 15 aircraft for the night raid. All proceeded and returned. On the daylight attack W/C T.E. ISON DFC was Master Bomber and F/L J.A. WILSON was Deputy Master Bomber. 3 non operational flights.  Duisberg - am  Duisberg - pm       
15/10/1944  Sunday  14 aircraft detailed for night operations on WILHELMSHAVEN. 3 proceeded and returned . W/C K.J. LAWSON DSO DFC and crew posted to 405 Squadron. 1 non operational flight  Wilhelmshaven         
16/10/1944  Monday  No flying today.           
17/10/1944  Tuesday  15 non operational flights.           
18/10/1944  Wednesday  16 non operational flights.           
19/10/1944  Thursday  The Squadron Commander (W/C T.L. BINGHAM-HALL DFC) today received the immediate award of the D.S.O. 16 airctaft detailed for a night raid on STUTTGART, all proceeded and returned. 17 non operational flights.  Stuttgart         
20/10/1944  Friday  F/O C.W. MOSELEY and crew were today returned to the Main Force (166 Squadron).           
21/10/1944  Saturday  10 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. 16 further aircraft detailed for operations which were cancelled at taking-off. 3 aircraft had taken off and they jettisoned their bombs in the sea and returned to base. 5 non operational flights.  Hanover         
22/10/1944  Sunday  S/L R.F. GRIFFIN DFC AND S/L L.A. DWEN (Pilots) awarded immediate D.S.O's.           
23/10/1944  Monday  12 aircraft detailed a night raid on ESSEN. 1 aircraft returned early with engine trouble. Sgt D.W. BRIGGS (F/E) and W/O E.A. JACKSON (W/OP) commissioned.  Essen         
24/10/1944  Tuesday  8 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. 13 non operational flights.           
25/10/1944  Wednesday  9 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled. 16 further aircraft detailed for a daylight raid on ESSEN. W/C D.B. FALCONER DFC AFC was Master Bomber and F/L P.F. CLAYTON was Deputy Master Bomber. 9/10 ths cloud cover obscured the target which was bombed on skymarkers. F/O L.N.B. CANN (Pilot) awarded immediate DFC and Sgt R.V. FISHER immediate DFM.  Essen         
26/10/1944  Thursday  The Commanding Officer (W/C T.L. Bingham-Hall DSO DFC) was today promoted to the acting rank of Group Captain. F/L J.T. James and crew arrived from P.F.F.N.T.U.           
27/10/1944  Friday  16 aircraft detailed for operations which were later cancelled.           
28/10/1944  Saturday  6 aircraft detailed for daylight attack on the gun positions at WESTKOPELLE. F/L P.F. Clayton DFC was Master Bomber and F/L T.R. Harris Deputy Master Bomber. 10 further aircraft detailed for a daylight raid on COLOGNE, all proceeded and returned.  Westkappelle  Koln       
29/10/1944  Sunday  8 aircraft detailed for daylight operations on the WALCHEREN Coastal Batteries. S/L A.W.G Cochrane DFC and F/L P.F. Clayton DFC were Master Bombers and F/L T.R. Harris and F/L G. Lewis were Deputy Master Bombers. F/S L.T. Walton (W/OP) commissioned. 6 non operational flights.  Walcheren         
30/10/1944  Monday  7 aircraft detailed for operations, all proceeded and returned. 9 non operational flights.  Koln         
31/10/1944  Tuesday  6 aircraft detailed for operations, all proceeded and returned. F/S H.F. Wilkinson (A/B) commissioned. 10 non operational flights. This was quite an eventful month for the Squadron. The analysis for the past three months of Blind Bombing were received, and in which this Squadron headed the Path Finder Force. The following awards to members of the Squadron were awarded during the month: G/C T.L. Bingham-Hall DFC, S/L R.F. Griffin DFC and S/L L.A. Dwen all awarded immediate D.S.O. S/L L.H. Gilbert, F/L P.A. Murphy and F/O L.N.B. Cann awarded immediate DFC, The following were also awarded the DFC: F/L T.F.W. Addis, F/O A. Burgess, F/O A.E. Egan, F/L S.F. deLongee, P/O W.B. Marshall, F/O M.A. Grace (Can J.19963), W/O A.G. Orchard, P/O A.J.Eley, F/O A.F. Lock and P/O D.C. Jones. The award of the DFM was made to the following: F/S K. Gilbert, F/S K.W. Harris (since commissioned), F/S K.W. Taylor (since Commissioned), F/S L.C. Gilman, and Sgt R.V. Fisher (Immediate)  Koln