550 Squadron Photos

F/O V P Ansell and Crew

F/O Ansell and crew were posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 LFS w.e.f 26/8/44:

Click image L-to-R: F/O Ansell, F/S Rodgers, Sgt Trodgian, Sgt Lambie, F/Sgt Elderfield, Sgt Doherty, Sgt Adams

Note that Trodgian differs from the name given in the ORB (Trudgian). It is unclear which is the correct spelling.
Also Sgt H Doherty who is recorded in the ORB as flying either as MU/AG or R/AG on different occasions, assumed as MU/AG here

On the 4th November 1944 the Flight Engineer (Sgt G P Sythes) was badly injured by flak and as a result was transferred out on 05/11/44 to hospital. Consequently the Ansell crew flew with a couple of different F/Eng for their later ops, and their details are:

Station Narrative No.9

Station Narrative No. 9 is included in the Station Operational Record Book, and describes the 4th November 1944 flight in which Sgt G P Sythes, the F/Eng, was badly injured:

Click image Station Narrative No. 9
Ansell crew, Bochum, 4/5 November 1944
NG250 (F) landed at Manston with flak damage. The F/Eng was hit by flak and had a compound fracture of left leg