156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Merseberg Leuna
Mission Date: 14/01/1945
Mission Comments: 6 further aircraft detailed for night operations on the LEUNA oil plant at MERSEBERG. 1 aircraft returned early with Radio Receiver burnt out. Small fires were seen from the previous raid. One large explosion was seen which lit the cloud with a red glow. On return of this second raid the weather had deteriorated rapidly and they were diverted to TANGMERE.
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
PA966  Lancaster  P/O CUTHILL  19:49  23.57  18000  03:50  08:01    DSCF0183 
PB517  Lancaster III  F/Lt WILLIAMS  19:55  23.55  18000  03:55  08:00    DSCF0183 
PB186  Lancaster III  S/L LETFORD  19:59  23.59  17500  03:15  07:16    DSCF0183 
NE120  Lancaster  F/Lt NEAL  19:48  23.53  18200  04:00  08:12  Diverted to Tangmere  DSCF0184 
PB701  Lancaster III  F/Lt JACKSON  19:50      23:19  03:29  Abortive. Radio Receiver burnt out.  DSCF0184 
PB375  Lancaster  F/Lt FREEMAN  19:53  23.54  18200  04:19  08:26  Diverted to Tangmere  DSCF0184