No. 156 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.156 Squadron was a bomber squadron that was a founder member of the Pathfinder Force, serving with it from August 1942 until the end of the war.

The squadron reformed on 14 February 1942 at Alconbury, around a detachment from No.40 Squadron. The squadron operated its Wellington bombers as part of Bomber Command's main force from then until August 1942.

In August the squadron become one of the four founding members of the Pathfinder Force, No.8 Group. Originally this force contained one squadron for each of the main types of bombers in use (Wellington, Stirling, Halifax and Lancaster). No.156 Squadron retained its Wellingtons and used them to lead the main bomber force to its targets.

Lancaster bombers arrived in January 1943 and the squadron continued to perform its pathfinder role until the end of the war. After a period of trooping flights and POW repatriation duties it was disbanded on 25 September 1945.

February 1942-January 1943: Vickers Wellington IC
March 1942-January 1943: Vickers Wellington III
January 1943-September 1945: Avro Lancaster I and III

February-August 1942: Alconbury
August 1942-March 1944: Warboys
March 1944-June 1945: Upwood
June-September 1945: Wyton

Squadron Codes: GT

1942: Bomber Command
1942-1945: Pathfinder Force

Part of:
From 14 Feb 1942 to August 1942: No.3 Group, Bomber Command
From August 1942: Pathfinder Force, No.8 Group


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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (29 December 2010), No. 156 Squadron (RAF): Second World War,

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