550 Squadron Photos

F/Sgt W R Cooper and crew

F/Sgt W R Cooper and crew were posted to 550 Sqdn from 100 Sqdn w.e.f 25/11/43:

RAF 550 Squadron Lancaster JB604 (BQ-K), flown by the F/Sgt Cooper crew, was lost during the night of 23/24 December 1943 when it was in collision with 550 Lancaster ED730 (BQ-G2) and crashed at Fulston at 00.30hrs. All of the men in both crews were killed.

The F/Sgt Cooper crew that night, with stand-in mid-upper gunner Sgt J A Jordan in place of Sgt Bowers, was only on their second operation with 550 Squadron the squadron only having been formed out of 100 Squadron the previous month (and in fact on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web-site these men are listed as 100 Squadron aircrew).

The crew of JB604 thus was as follows:

The entry on the 550 Squadron Roll of Honour is available here.

Other information about the flight and the target available here.

F/Sgt W R W Cooper

F/Sgt William Richard Wright Cooper is buried in the churchyard at St Marys, Harrow on the Hill and photographs of the cross and inscription have recently been obtained.

DSC00242b St Marys Harrow on the Hill
Photo courtesy of Russell Bates
DSC00243 Inscription, St Marys Harrow on the Hill
Photo courtesy of Russell Bates