550 Squadron Crew
F/O H Jones and Crew
F/O Jones and crew were posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 11 Base 14.6.44:
- F/O H Jones (P) KIA
- Sgt J R Drury (F/Eng) PoW
- F/Sgt C W Sayers (Nav)
- Sgt F H Habgood (Nav) KIA
- Sgt D Hunter (A/B) PoW
- Sgt R B Cumberlidge (W/Op) PoW
- Sgt I Williams (MU/AG) KIA
Lancaster NE164 failed to return 28/29 July 1944, lost on it's first operation with 550 Sqdn en-route to Stuttgart. This was the Jones crew 12th operation. On this operation the crew flying was slightly different to the above. F/Sgt Sawyers, the regular navigator was not flying, instead the navigator was:
- P/O W Dinney RCAF (Nav) evaded capture
There were three fatalities, two in the aircraft and the third the bomb-aimer Sgt Francis Habgood. Sgt Habgood was captured and, according to a French website (link provided), he was taken to Natzweiler-Stuthof concentration camp where he was executed on or about the 30 July 1944. This was the only permanent concentration camp in France, it was not far from the crash site in the Alsace region and was a place used for the execution of large numbers of Maquis. A few Allied airmen were also killed there, including, it seems, two of the Great Escapers. Sgt Habgood is commemorated on Panel 230 of the Runnymede Memorial, his date of death being recorded as 31 July 1944.
Three other members of the crew became PoWs. The last, F/O Dinney RCAF, evaded capture (see file 6/646/2311 in The National Archive). This was one of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation (see also LM455).
Other information about the flight and the target available here.
The entry on the 550 Squadron Roll of Honour is available here.
|Memorial Stone for NE164 F/O H Jones, Sgt I Williams abd Sgt F H Habgood|
|Associated Information plaque|