156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Leipzig
Mission Date: 20/10/1943
Mission Comments: 16 aircraft detailed for operations: all took off and returned.
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
JA909  Lancaster  F/Lt WRIGHT  17:26  21.05  11000  01:18    Target not attacked owing to engine trouble. but bombs jettisoned west of LEIPZIG at 21.05 hrs from 11,000 ft.  239 
JA674  Lancaster III  F/Lt SULLIVAN  17:27  21.04  18000  00:34      239 
JA921  Lancaster III  F/Lt OVERTON  17:29  20.58  18000  00:18      239 
JB310  Lancaster III  W/O WISHART  17:35  21.06  18200  01:02      239 
JB293  Lancaster III  P/O SLOPER  17:39  21.11  18000  00:28    [ED] - Sgt Bell acting as A/G opposed to his normal role as a W/OP in Fawcett crew?  239 
JB307  Lancaster III  P/O BOND  17:18  21.07  14500  00:10      240 
JA975  Lancaster III  W/O SLADE  17:33  20.56  19000  00:14      240 
JB282  Lancaster III  S/L MANIFOLD  17:37  21.19  21000  00:50      240 
JA941  Lancaster III  S/L MANDENO  17:39      00:22    Target not attacked owing to engine trouble. Bombs jettisoned at position 52.41 N 11.23 E at 20.19 hrs form 19,000 ft. Proceeded to target for observation and identified by Special Equipment. No TI's or Flares seen but saw incindiaries and H.E. explosions under cloud - visibility too bad for further observation. Slight Heavy Flak over target area. "Windows carried and dropped"  240 
JB363  Lancaster III  Sgt. BLAMEY  17:40  21.05  19500  00:56      240 
EE108  Lancaster  Sgt. MCLEAN  17:42      00:01    This aircraft returned early owing to Starboard inner engine being unserviceable. Turning point 52.39N 11.05 E at 21.12 hrs, height 20,000  240 
JB304  Lancaster III  W/O RULE  17:44  21.06  19500  00:41      240 
JB216  Lancaster III  F/O CAIRNS  17:45  21.13  16000  00:52      240 
JB217  Lancaster III  P/O BORLAND  17:49  20.57  20000  00:46      240 
JB113  Lancaster III  F/Sgt REDFERN  17:50  21.00  20000  00:30    At 23.07 hrs at 20,000 ft, ME210 attacked aircraft and Mi-Upper Gunner returned fire with a 2 second burst and enemy aircraft believed to be hit. Enemy aircraft not seen again  240 
ED952  Lancaster  F/Lt TIMPERLEY  17:51  20.56  19000  00:17      240