550 Squadron Photos

F/O G A Morrison DSO and Crew

The F/O G A Morrison crew were posted to 550 Sqdn on squadron start-up from 100 Sqdn "C" Flight w.e.f. 25/11/43:

On operations to Berlin on 30 January 1944 in DV305 the Morrison crew were attacked by a night-fighter. Both the MU/AG and R/AG received fatal injuries. Mis-interpreting orders from the pilot the A/B baled out over Germany and became a PoW. The pilot managed to regain control of the aircraft and nursed it back to England landing at Woodbridge on return. As a result of his actions pilot F/O Morrison was awarded the DSO.

Other information about the flight and the target available here (30 Jan 1944).

The entry on the 550 Squadron Roll of Honour is available here.

Below are a selection of photos of F/O Morrison and crew. Thanks to Bob Strangwayes for providing these photos (now in the squadron museum in North Killingholme).

Click image Click image F/O G A Morrison Studio photograph (signed on the rear)
Click image Click image F/O Morrison (and including an annotation on the rear of the photo)
Photo of Morrison taken by an observer while flying in a Harvard (T-6 Texan/SNJ/Harvard, a single-engined advanced trainer aircraft)
Click image F/O Morrison crew on wing
Click image F/O Morrison crew in front of Lancaster (BQ-F?)

Station Narrative No. 1

This narrative, included in the Station Operational Record Book, is the report on the operation to Berlin in January 1944 during which both the MU/AG and R/AG received fatal injuries from cannon fire, and the A/B baled out over Germany and became a PoW. The remainder of the crew survived.

Click image Morrison crew, Berlin, 30/31 Jan 1944
Click image (pg. 2 of 2)
550 Squadron DV305 DV305 / BQ-O crash landed at Woodridge 31 Jan 1944 after being attacked by a night fighter
The two air-gunners killed by the night-fighter fire, 1 PoW (baled out, Camp L3, PoW No.3399), remainder survived.
550 Squadron DV305 DV305 / BQ-O crash landed at Woodridge 31 Jan 1944 after being attacked by a night fighter
Same photo as above, but higher resolution
550 Squadron DV305 DV305 / BQ-O crash landed at Woodridge (alternate view)
Picture courtesy of Colin Patemen