No.156 Squadron

A figure of Mercury holding a torch
A figure of Mercury holding a torch
We light the way
12 October 1918
25 September 1945

No 156 Squadron formed at RAF Wyton on 12 October 1918 as a bomber unit. The unit’s formation was abandoned with the end of the First World War and it disbanded on 9 December 1918.

On 14 February 1942 No 156 Squadron reformed from a detachment from No 40 Squadron at RAF Alconbury as a bomber unit. It took part in the bombing offensive until August 1942 when it transferred to the Pathfinder Force. From then until the end of the war the squadron provided target marking for the main bomber force. After a short period of prisoner repatriation and troop transporting the unit disbanded on 25 September 1945.


Wellington I/III 1942 - 1943
Lancaster I/III 1943 – 1945

Reference Sources

The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force
James J Halley Air Britain (Historians) Ltd 1988

RAF Squadrons
Wg Cdr C G Jefford Airlife 2001

Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their aircraft
Phillip J R Moyes Macdonald & Jane’s 1976

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