156 Squadron Sources of Research & Reading
I am happy to fulfil reasonable requests for information from any of  these books mentioned below:
Type Title Author Rating Comments
156 Specific  They Led the Way - The story of Pathfinder Squadron 156  Michael P Wadsworth  *****  Great Squadron History 
156 Specific  Odd Man Out  Alex Duke  ***  Autobiography of Air Gunner with 156 & 582 Sqn 
156 Specific  Only Birds and Fools  J Norman Ashton  ****  Flight Engineer Lancaster WWII, not a bad read. 
156 Specific  Rear Gunner Pathfinders  Ron Smith  ****  Gritty stuff, no punches pulled here 
156 Specific  Boy Never Came Home  Eric Thomason  **  Composition on F/O Karl Girrbach, a bit of an amateur self publish. 
156 Specific  Photographs of 156 Squadron ORB    *****  As obtained from National Archive at Kew (over 800 photos so far) 
Annotated History  Claims to Fame - The Lancaster  Norman Franks  ****  Details of Lancasters which have flown more than 100 missions. I found a lot of inaccuracies in this book. 
Annotated History  Pathfinder Force - A History of Group 8  Gordon Musgrove  ****  Very good indepth analysis of the Group 
Annotated History  Dresden - Tuesday 13 February 1945  Frederick Taylor  ****  One of the more informed, balanced, and less emotional analyses of the "Dresden Experience" 
Annotated History  Bomber Command  Max Hastings  **  A somewhat critcal history of Bomber Command 
Annotated History  The Peenemunde Raid 17/18 August 1943  Martin Middlebrook  ****  Well researched & well written book on attack of V1 V2 manufacturing and research site. 
Annotated History  The Nuremburg Raid 30/31 March 1944  Martin Middlebrook  ****  Well researched & well written book on Bomber Command's most expensive raid of WWII 
Annotated History  The Berlin Raids- RAF Bomber Command Winter 1943 - 44  Martin Middlebrook  ****  Typical Middlebrook quality on the high cost of raids on Berlin 
Annotated History  The Batte of Hamburg - The Firestorm Raid  Martin Middlebrook  ****  Yes, there were firestorms prior to Dresden. 
Annotated History  Air Battle of the Ruhr  Alan Cooper  ***  Middlebrook style, but not quite the quality, worthwhile though. 
Annotated History  The Other Battle - Luftwaffe Night Aces versus Bomber Command  Peter Hinchcliffe  ****  A rare insight of the "opposition", well researhed and well written. 
Biography  Hamish - The memoirs of G/C T.G. Mahaddie  T G Mahaddie  ***  Amusing and anecdotal autobiography 
Biography  Pathfinder Cranswick (abridged version)  Michael Cumming  ****  Though to be the man who flew the most missions in Bomber Command History 
Biography  Pathfinder  D C T Bennett  ****  AVM D.C.T. Bennett C.B., C.B.E.,D.S.O. founder of Pathfinder group - his autobiography. Very Good. 
Biography  SO MANY - A folio dedicated to all who served with RAF Bomber Command 1939-1945  So Few Limited  ***  In depth details of 25 members of Bomber Command, representative of the group as a whole. Companion book to SO FEW on the Battle of Britain Pilots. 
Biography  Bomber Boys  Mel Rolfe  ***  Twenty individual mini biographies from Bomber Command 
Biography  No Moon Tonight  Don Charlwood  ****  A group of twenty friends and how they fared, how many survived?, not a lot. 
Biography  Aircrew  Bruce Lewis  ***  Biographies based on crew position, interesting concept, not bad. 
Biography  Luck and a Lancaster  Harry Yates  ****  Well written, interesting biography 
Biography  Pathfinders  William Anderson  ***  Quite good personal insights 
Biography  Bomber Crew - Taking on the Reich  John Sweetman  Fairly lightweight attempt at history Bomber force. 
Biography  Bomber Crew  James Taylor & Martin Davidson  **  Recollections base don vrew positions, Channel 4 based a program around this, if that is a recommendation? 
Library  National Archives at Kew, London    *****  A lifetime of material here, I am afraid. 
Photographic History  Lancaster Squadrons 1942 - 43  Jon Lake  **  Fairly Lightweight, some good photos 
Photographic History  Lancaster Squadrons 1944 - 45  Jon Lake  **  Fairly Lightweight, some good photos 
Photographic History  Bomber Command 1939 - 1945 - Photographs form the Imperial War Museum  Ian Carter  ***  Some good Photos 
Photographic History  An Illustrated History of the RAF  Roy Conyers Nesbit  ***  Bit of a Coffee Table book, nice photos. 
Photographic History  The Lancaster Story  Peter Jacobs  ***  Reasonable good history, some good photos. 
Photographic History  Lancaster  M Garbett & G Goulding  **  Lots of photos but generally poor quality printing 
Reference Book  Bomber Command War Diaries  Martin Middlebrook & Chris Everitt  *****  The book that started me off on all this! Purchased from a second hand bookshop in Henly, this rekindled my idea of recreating my fathers log book. I think I should burn it! 
Reference Book  Bomber Command Losses of WWII 1939 - 1940  W R Chorley  *****  Peerless - The Researchers Bible for Bomber Command Losses, details each arircaft and their crew as well as anecdotal details of crew members. 
Reference Book  Bomber Command Losses of WWII 1941  W R Chorley  *****  Peerless 
Reference Book  Bomber Command Losses of WWII 1942  W R Chorley  *****  Peerless 
Reference Book  Bomber Command Losses of WWII 1943  W R Chorley  *****  Peerless 
Reference Book  Bomber Command Losses of WWII 1944  W R Chorley  *****  Peerless 
Reference Book  Bomber Command Losses of WWII 1945  W R Chorley  *****  Peerless 
Reference Book  Bomber Command Losses OTU 1940 - 1947  W R Chorley  *****  Peerless 
Reference Book  Bomber Command Losses HCU & Misc 1939 -1947  W R Chorley  *****  Peerless 
Reference Book  The Distinguished Fling Medal Register for WWII (A- J)  Ian Tavender  *****  Peerless - All DFM Citations in full detail 2000 pages thereof, a remakable work. (Remarkably expensibe though!) 
Reference Book  The Distinguished Fling Medal Register for WWII (K- Z)  Ian Tavender  *****  Peerless- All DFM Citations in full detail 2000 pages thereof, a remakable work. (Remarkably expensibe though!) 
Reference Book  Lancaster - The Story of a Famous Bomber  Bruce Robertson  *****  Details of all Lancaster Serial Numbers built and their final disposition. Great Reference book. 
Reference Book  Footprints in the Sands of Time - RAF Bomber Command POW in Germany 1939-45  Oliver Clutton-Brock  ***  Claims to list all POWs, but a lot of omissions, even in 156 Sqn. Coincidentally? The omissions are the the same as Chorley, or where an aircraft loss was not incurred. 
Reference Book  Pilots Notes for Lancaster II  Air Council  ****  Owners Manual! 
Reference Book  Air Force Records for Family Historians  William Spencer  ***  Quite useful Reference Booklet by the Public Records Office 
Reference Book  Honor the Air Forces - Honors & Awards to the RAF in WWII  Michael Maton  *****  Great reference book, will save months of searching on London Gazettes, why did I not find it earlier? 
Reference Book  RAF Squadrons  W/C C. G. Jefford  ***  A comprehensive record of the movement and equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their antecedents since 1912 
Web Site  London Gazette    ***  Nearly impossible to search on, but the information is all there….. Somewhere. 
Web Site  Commonwealth War Graves Commission    ****  Great site, but the search engine is sometimes a bit unpredictable. Don't give too much detail up front or you may not find what you are expecting. 
Web Site  Australian War Memorial    ****  For all things Australian you could do no better. 
Web Site  Google Search    ***  My stored searches on Google provide me more details on a daily basis, not a lot on 156 Sqn though.