550 Squadron Photos

F/O R P Franklyn DFC and Crew

The F/O R P Franklyn crew was posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1668 C.U. w.e.f. 16/10/1944:

The following alternate F/Eng also flew with this crew:

F/O Franklyn flew his first op as 2nd Pilot to F/O Les Cameron on 19th October 1944 to Stuttgart.

The picture below is of F/O Franklyn and crew.

Click image F/O Franklyn and crew:
L-to-R: F/O Franklyn (P), Sgt Lucas, F/Sgt Dibley, Sgt Dennis, F/Sgt Chester, Sgt James, Sgt Sharp
NB: this photo has Sgt Dennis, whereas the ORB lists F/Sgt H D Davies as F/Eng.
In fact this is no discrepancy and is recorded in the pilot's log-book (see below).
Sgt Dennis was F/Eng from crewing up until Op No 31 (Feb 23 1945) when, according to the log book, the F/Eng quit and was replaced by a new F/Eng, P/O Davies.
Click image Sgt Joseph "Jamie" James, R/AG
Source: Joanne Blackman (daughter)

Pilot's Log Book

- F/O R P Franklyn RAAF (P) Log Book
Source: Family of F/O R P Franklyn