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
Of the crew two were killed, one (Sgt Habgood) was captured and murdered by civilians 31 July 1944, and three 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|