550 Squadron RAF

Avro Lancaster B Mk 3

Per ignem vincimus - Through fire we conquer

"The fighters are our salvation but the bombers alone provide the means of victory"
Winston Churchill 
September 1940


550 Squadron Formation

No. 550 Squadron RAF was formed at Waltham, near Grimsby, in November 1943, as a Lancaster heavy-bomber squadron in No. 1 Group and began operations that same month. Early in the New Year it moved to North Killingholme - also near Grimsby - and from there continued to play its part in the bomber offensive until late April 1945, when it switched to dropping food to the starving Dutch people.




Roll of Honour


"Remember The Many"



Squadron History

Squadron Crest

550 Squadron Crest
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Brief history of 550 Squadron

Squadron Memorials

Stained Glass
550 Squadron Memorial Window

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The stained glass window dedicated to 550 Squadron in
St Denys' Church, North Killingholme.

Squadron Association

Squadron Crest

550 Squadron Crest
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550 Squadron and North Killingholme Association

Reunions

Reunion, North Killingholme, 2016

550 Squadron Reunions over the years
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North Killingholme

North Killingholme

St Denys' Church, North Killingholme
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Remembrance

Remembrance Sunday, North Killingholme, November 2016

Remembrance Sunday 2016
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Museum and Newsletter

Squadron Museum and Newsletter

550 Squadron Museum and Newsletter
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St Denys' Church

St Denys' Church

St Denys' Church, North Killingholme
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Service Men and Operations

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550 Squadron Information
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Detailed reports on 550 Squadron airmen, operations, etc

Log Books

Log Books

Lancaster air-crew log books and service histories
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Photos

C Flight

Photos of RAF 550 Squadron 1944-1945
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Photos continue to arrive and appear online here

Politz Raid 08/02/45

Log Books
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Aschaffenburg Raid 21/11/1944
Last operation of The Phantom of the Ruhr

Log Books
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Pforzheim Raid 23/02/45

Log Books
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Special Order Of The Day, V E Day

Log Books
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All His fault ... a log book says it all

Log Books
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The Phantom of the Ruhr - 2007 Unveiling

BBMF

Unveiling of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster in April 2007
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The Phantom of the Ruhr - Photos

BBMF

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster
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"The Crew who Started D-Day"
F/O K Bowen-Bravery CdG DFC and Crew
BQ-J, Bad Penny II
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CdG Citation
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550 Squadron: FTR

Squadron Museum and Newsletter

550 Squadron Lancasters (that failed to return)
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request for information

Thirty Missions by Roger Kirby

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Thirty Missions by Roger Kirby
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Roger Kirby's tribute, to his father (a nav with 550) and to RAF Bomber Command
More information can be found at http://www.30missions.com/.
This Daily Telegraph review from 2008 describes some of the background to the paintings.

Bomber Command Memorial

Bomber Command Wings
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Arrived Green Park: May 2012 Unveiled: June 2012

Unveiling of Bomber Command Memorial
Poppy Salute

Lancaster Fly-past

28th June 2012

Bomber Command Clasp

Bomber Command Wings
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Recently announced by the UK Government for those who flew at least one operational mission over Germany and France

PLUS: Bomber Command Clasp Presentations by Prime Minister Cameron: 550 Squadron represented

Avro Lancaster C-GVRA

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Avro Lancaster C-GVRA at the
Canada Remembers Air Show, August 2009
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Avro Lancaster FM212

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Located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Books and Magazines

Ton-up Lancs

Books
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Searching for Information?

Information Search

RAF Squadrons and Bomber Command information
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There is a large amount of information about RAF Bomber Command
available on the Web

Royal British Legion

Royal British Legion

Royal British Legion
Shoulder to shoulder with all who serve
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Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day 2016 Saturday 25th June
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The men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present, deserve our remembrance and appreciation.

The 2016 National Event will be held in Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire on Saturday 25 June.
There will be major displays of military equipment, a parade through the resort, a full military display, family fun and music, with fireworks ending the day. To get involved, visit the Armed Forces Day National Event web-page.
The excitement isn't just confined to Cleethorpes though, as hundreds of events are being planned around the country to mark Armed Forces Day.

Why not be a part of it?

Help for Heroes

Help For Heroes

A charity for the wounded in Britain's current conflicts.
It is all about the men and women of the Armed Forces.
Practical, direct support for our wounded.
See how you can help.
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Requests For Information

Request for information on Sgts Sheridan and McVey killed 4th October 1944 in NF963 on a training flight with the F/O S H Hayter crew. Both men were from Scotland and are buried in Glasgow and Lanarkshire repectively.

For more details click here.

If you can help with information on any of the requests then do please contact the web-site.

A mounted copy of an original Phantom of The Ruhr print has been given to the 550 Museum.

PoTR

Over the years the Association has received many requests for information such as concerning the above print or about individual air-crew, aircraft, operations, etc. You can find many of these queries on the requests for information page.

If you can help with information on any of the requests then do please contact the web-site.
In The Media
TV and Newspaper Items

A collection of items that have appeared on TV, on the radio or in newspapers, some specifically about 550 Squadron or North Killingholme, and others more generally about Bomber Command. Follow this link.
Miscellaneous
Association Contacts

550 Squadron Association contact names/numbers are available here
Web-site information

Web-site information, including the details associated with setting up the web-site, contact information and reference sites hosted on the same server(s) is available from the here.
The (technical) server details are outlined here.