550 Squadron Photos
P/O W J Bibby DFC and Crew
P/O Bibby and crew were posted to 550 Sqdn from RAF Wickenby w.e.f. 13/3/44:
- P/O W J Bibby DFC (P)
- Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
- F/O J P Rennie DFC RCAF (Nav)
- F/O A N Shedock RCAF (A/B)
- Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
- Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
- Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
Also flying on occasion with this crew were:
F/Lt McConnell DFC RNZAF, the Squadron Bombing Officer, (later missing in action) also flew one operation with this crew as stand-in Air Bomber:
- F/Lt A D McConnell (A/B) (1 op)
The picture below shows P/O Bibby and crew.
|P/O W J Bibby DFC and Crew
R-Roger Crew, 02 May 1944
Back Row, L-to-R: Sgt Kimbrey (A/G), Sgt Howell (A/G) (tentative identification,TBC), Sgt Jeffries (W/Op), Sgt McLoughlin (F/Eng)
Front Row, L-to-R: F/O Rennie (Nav), P/O Bibby (P), F/O Shedeck (A/B)
Picture courtesy of Mandy Martin (granddaughter of Sgt Kimbrey (A/G))
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Pictured below individual members of the P/O Bibby crew.
Missing from this set of photos: Sgt Howell (MU/AG) - no known reason. But Howell was absent from 6 ops the crew flew between 20/04/44 - 30/04/44 (Sgt A R Blackburn standing in), possibly the photos were taken during this period. Or the photo is just lost.
Many thanks to Mark Simpson for making the photos available and the following supplementary information about individuals from sources outside the 550 Sqdn record:
F/O Honey and Sgt. Blackburn, both had been on 100 Sqn and were posted into 550 Sqn on 17/02/44 (info from 100 Sqdn ORB).
Honey had arrived (in 100 Sqdn) 09/10/43 as A/B on the Tunstall crew and had carried out 17 sorties.
Blackburn had arrived (in 100 Sqdn) 21/01/44 as A/G with the Balcombe crew. Tunstall and two of his crew, the Nav and R/AG, went missing with Balcombe and four of his crew on operations on 15-16/02/44. As a result Blackburn and Honey were posted to 550 Sqdn for re-crewing. Sgt. Essar, lost with the Picton crew (550 Sqdn) 10-11/04/44, was the other member of the Tunstall crew who arrived at 550 Sqdn, also on 17/02/44.
Sgt Kimbrey Log Book
The following are a number of pages from the log book of Sgt Kimbrey (A/G).
Many thanks to Mandy Martin (granddaughter of Sgt Kimbrey) for making these pages available.
30 OTU (in Wellingtons)
1481 Gunnery School
No. 1 LFS and Wickenby
AGLT Course, Warboys
Air Marshal Sir R A Cochrane's Tour (in Dakotas)
Service and Release Book