550 Squadron Crew

F/O J O Richard DFC and Crew

F/O Richard and crew were posted to 550 Sqdn from 100 Sqdn "C" Flight w.e.f 25/11/1943. They were in fact the first crew in the list of transferred crews on the date of squadron formation.

J O Richard posted in as P/O Richard but by the time of his first operation he was already F/O; he transferred out of 550 at the end of his tour as F/Lt Richard DFC.

The crew completed their tour at the end of May 1944 and were posted out between 10 and 17 June 1944.

Thanks to Rob Rate (son of F/Sgt Rate, W/Op) for making the photos below available.

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F/Sgt William George Rate
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F/Sgt Rate
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Aircraft on fire on the ground
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Two unknown airmen
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Compass used by F/Sgt Rate, and which he
bought home and his son used at school
- Aircraft being serviced
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- Page from F/Sgt Rate pay book which has references to North Killingholme base
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