550 Squadron Photos

Sgt H F J Woods and Crew

The Sgt Woods crew was as follows:

On this operation the R/AG position was being filled by the stand-in R/AG:

On one other operation the R/AG position was again filled by a stand-in gunner:

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

Note. The 550 ORB specifically lists "JB604" as being airbourne at 23.46 and colliding with "G2/550". But quoting from Ian Reid's wartime history of Waltham:

'It was thought that Sgt Woods had been lost as a result of enemy action but later investigations confirmed that 
Sgt Woods, flying ED730, collided with F/Sgt Cooper's ND327. 550 has lost 14 men, killed in an instant. ... '

But, despite saying 550 lost 14 men 'in an instant', Reid includes Cooper's crew in the 100 Squadron Roll of Honour. However, he does confirm the two aircraft involved were ED730 and ND327.

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

Other information about the flight and the target available here.

Sgt John Atherton

CertificateofQualificationandPic Picture of John Atherton along with a Log book
Photo courtesy of Alistair Taylor

The photographs below show Sgt Athertons funeral and came from the Australian War Memorial Archives (but are presumably of the Cambridge Cemetery where Sgt Atherton is buried).

SUK11743A Funeral
Photo courtesy of Alistair Taylor
SUK11743B Funeral
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SUK11743C Funeral
Photo courtesy of Alistair Taylor

Many documents can obtained from the National Archive of Australia, available from the http://www.awm.gov.au/ (Australian War Memorial) web-site. The site provides an online application service (http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/) to allow relatives and researchers to apply for service records of veterans.

Sgt John McConnell

The photographs below relate to Sgt John McConnell.

IMG0374
Photo courtesy of Alistair Taylor
IMG0376
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McConnell Funeral Notice (newspaper)
Photo courtesy of Alistair Taylor
McConnell Funeral Notice (newspaper)
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MCCONNELLJ-grave Headstone
Photo courtesy of Alistair Taylor

Documents

cover Log book cover
Courtesy of Alistair Taylor
CertificateofQualificationandPic Certificate of Qualification (Navigator)
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ops Navigator Log Book
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letter Letter that accompanied the return of Sgt Atherton's log books to his family
Photo courtesy of Alistair Taylor