Failed To Return

F/Lt J S G Crawford and Crew

F/Lt Crawford and crew were posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 LFS w.ef 1.2.44:

F/Lt Crawford and crew were lost when Lancaster LM392 failed to return on 15/16 March 1944 from an operation to Stuttgart. All of the crew were killed.

Other information about the flight and the target available here.

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

Jacque Simon Gustav Crawford

Click image The annotation on the rear of the photo (added in the hand of W/Cmdr Jack Harris) reads:
"F/Lt J.S.G Crawford 42197, shot down 15/16/ March 44 on Stuttgart raid. All 7 in crew killed.
F/Lt Crawford was born in 1920. Joined 550, probably he was starting his second tour as there is an earlier photo of him alongside a Blenheim which was a day bomber on ops 39-42."

William Bertram Robertson

Sgt Wm. Bertram Robertson

Station Narrative No.2

Station Narrative No. 2; this is a report of 19/20 Feb 1944 when the crew had an eventful trip to Leipzig landing at Manston on return. This is described in the narrative included in the Station Operational Record Book as follows:

Click image Station Narrative No. 2
Crawford crew, Leipzig, 19/20 Feb 1944
Click image (pg 2 of 2)

Report on Loss of LM392

Missing Memorandum recording at least some of the crew of LM392

550 Squadron Association Visit

In October 2013 representatives of the 550 Squadron Association visited the graves in Artolsheim Communal Cemetery in remembrance of the men of 550 Squadron buried there. Thanks to George Turner for some photographs from the visit which are shown below.

Artolsheim Communal Cemetery (France)

Crawford Crew graves, Artolsheim Cemetary
Plus also G V Turner, Royal Naval Air Service (unconnected with the 550 Sqdn crew)
Rue Lancaster, Artolsheim

550 Squadron Memorial in Artolsheim, France

In April 2014 a memorial to the crew was unveiled in Artolsheim. See the Artolsheim Memorial web-page.