550 Squadron Photos
P/O Mearns DFC and Crew
The P/O Mearns crew was:
- F/O G E Mearns DFC (P)
- Sgt F Norris (F/Eng)
- F/Sgt W G Kelly RCAF (Nav)
- Sgt J F McKeen (A/B)
- Sgt D O'Neil (W/Op)
- Sgt J Chamboly (MU/AG)
- Sgt A Slater (R/AG)
NB: Sgt J Chamboly the MU/AG is listed in the Squadron ORB in a number of flights with a variety of surnames: Chamboly, Chambary, Chambury. Fred Norris refers to him in recollections as "Johnny Chamboly", so that is the named listed above.
Also flying with the Mearns crew were a number of alternate R/AGs:
- F/O C J Wearmouth (R/AG) (2 ops with P/O Mearns)
- Sgt E L Robinson (R/AG)
- Sgt R E Martin-Smith DFM (R/AG) (the regular R/AG with the F/Lt Dale crew)
- Sgt A Colin (R/AG) (16 ops with P/O Mearns)
- Sgt I Rees (R/AG)
|P/O Mearns and crew
L-to-R: P/O Mearns, F/Sgt Kelly, Sgt McKeown, Sgt Norris, Sgt O'Neil, Sgt Chambary, Sgt Slater
Picture courtesy of Mark Simpson
Sgt Fred Norris
Fred Norris born 10th April 1925 in Toronto, Canada, son of Roger Norris and Ada Golder, both British.
Fred's own words and memories of how he became air-crew at North Killingholme (recorded on VE Day, 8th May 2005) are available here.
Thanks are due to Sheri Cooper for giving permission for the following photographs, hand-written notes and logs to be made available on the web-site.
Fred Norris describes an operation to Kiel in April 1945, and provides information about the crew.