550 Squadron Information

Squadron Records

Listedbelow are links to a number information reports about 550 Squadron operations, airmen and aircraft. The information used to build this page was taken in the first instance from the lists provided on the original Squadron Association web-site, but has been augmented by updated and new information collected since that time. The information about the men, and the operations they flew, is being migrated into a database in order to aid consistency checks of the information and make the generation of a wide variety of reports easier.

A comprehensive list of the sources used is included at the bottom of this page.

While every attempt has been made to present accurate and correct information there are undoubtedly omissions and errors. If you spot any such errors do please email in your observations, if possible providing the correction information if you know it. Many thanks in advance for your assistance in providing as accurate a record as possible of the Squadron activities and the men who served their country.

Information Available

There are now 1843 service men listed in the online record, and the numbers of aircrew and operations records in the database continues to grow:

Servicemen: 1843 Operations/raids: 345 Operational Flights: 3646

(Last updated: 13 May 2017 @ 00:02:01)

There is still much more data to be entered, and the numbers above should NOT be regarded as complete.

That having been said using this set of data can still generate useful information.

NB: data is being added on a regular basis, so report content continues to evolve over time (especially the detailed mapping of crews to specific aircraft on specific operations). Report pages show the date when the data was last updated.

Reports List

The reports available are shown in the sub-sections below. Note that the additional options available in several instances below produce smaller, and thus more quickly generated, reports.

Each of the sub-sections below presents a different basic report. In most cases it is possible to use the report to present a specific sub-set of the data to result in a smaller more manageable report; where this is the case the means of doing this is illustrated with an example and an explanation on how to generate different reports. The user guide (the PDF document below) includes screenshots to illustrate how this is done.

There is comprehensive cross-referencing between all of the reports so that you can quickly link men to aircraft and operational details, and links to other information on the web-site and on external web-sites about specific operations, aircraft and servicemen.

User Guide updated08/06/2015
A short guide to using the, rather basic, user interface for the reports
V1.4, issued June 2015
(PDF format, ca. 3Mbytes)

Roll of Honour

LinkDescription
Roll of Honour 550 Squadron Roll of Honour
Basic format
Roll of Honour (extended) 550 Squadron Roll of Honour
Extended format - extra columns, extra information. Including cemetery details, etc (with options to link to the detailed aircraft (by aircraft service number) and serviceman (by name)
updated01/01/2014 now including summary statistics
Roll of Honour (extended, specific aircraft) 550 Squadron Roll of Honour (specified aircraft)
Extended format - extra columns, extra information - listed for single defined aircraft (specific crew details)
To generate an alternative list just replace the text in the web-browser address line after "?aircraft=" to the aircraft service number of your choice
Cemeteries new18/08/2013
List, in alphabetic order, of all Cemeteries, or other sites, (with summary cemetery details) where 550 Squadron Servicemen are buried or commemorated (plus links to details of each serviceman remembered there)

Failed to Return

LinkDescription
Failed to Return 550 Squadron Servicemen who Failed to Return (excluding KIA)
Basic format
Failed to Return (extended) 550 Squadron Servicemen who Failed to Return (excluding KIA)
Extended format - extra columns, extra information

Squadron Operations

LinkDescription
Squadron Operations List of operations flown by 550 Squadron with links to individual aircraft deployed.
An "Operation Summary" section is followed by the details of each aircraft in the battle order
Where available additional information and links to other sites
This list continues to grow and generates a very large report - you may want to consider one of the options below to produce a more manageable, smaller, list.

updated16/06/2014 Where available information from the North Killingholme Station report is included in the daily operation report, in a section entitled "Station Summary"
Squadron Operations (specific target) List of operations flown by 550 Squadron to a specific target (e.g. Bremen).
Where available additional information and links to other sites.
To generate an alternative list just replace the text in the web-browser address line after the "?target=" (Bremen) to the target of your choice.
Squadron Operations (specific aircraft) List of operations flown by a specific 550 Squadron aircraft (e.g. DV306).
Where available additional information and links to other sites.
To generate an alternative list just replace the text in the web-browser address line after "?aircraft=" to the aircraft service number of your choice.
Squadron Operations (specific target and specific aircraft) List of the operations flown by a single aircraft to a specific target (e.g. operations by EE139 against Berlin).
Where available additional information and links to other sites.
To generate an alternative list just replace the text in the web-browser address line after "?target=" and after "&aircraft=" to the target and aircraft service number of your choice. Target and aircraft can be in any order but the "?" and "&" are important!

Squadron Personnel

LinkDescription
Squadron Servicemen List of servicemen that flew with 550 Squadron, detailed information on individual servicemen, Senior Officers and Decorations awarded.
Where available additional information and links to other sites.
updated01/01/2014 now including summary statistics
Squadron Servicemen (with specified service/air force) new01/06/2011 updated13/06/2014
List of servicemen that flew with 550 Squadron, by service (e.g. RNZAF).
To generate an alternative list just replace the text in the web-browser address line after the "?service=" to the service of your choice (use one of RAF, RAAF, RCAF, RNZAF, USAF, WAAF, TAVR).
Where available additional information and links to other sites.
Squadron Servicemen (with specified surname) new01/06/2011
List of servicemen that flew with 550 Squadron, by surname.
To generate an alternative list just replace the text in the web-browser address line after the "?lastname=" to the last name (surname) of your choice.
Where available additional information and links to other sites.
Squadron Servicemen (with specified job abbreviation) new13/11/2011
For example, the list of pilots that flew with 550 Squadron.
To generate an alternative list just replace the text in the web-browser address line after the "?jobabbr=" to the air-crew job of your choice (from the list: P, F/Eng, Nav, W/Op, A/B, MU/AG, R/AG, A/G).
Where available additional information and links to other sites.
Squadron Servicemen (with specified job abbreviation and surname) new13/11/2011
For example, the list of pilots that flew with 550 Squadron by the name of "Harris".
To generate an alternative list just replace the text in the web-browser address line after the "?jobabbr=" to the air-crew job of your choice (from the list: P, F/Eng, Nav, W/Op, A/B, MU/AG, R/AG), and after the "?lastname=" to the last name (surname) of your choice.
Where available additional information and links to other sites.
Squadron Servicemen (with specified job abbreviation and service abbreviation) new13/11/2011
For example, the list of navigators that flew with 550 Squadron, and were in the RAAF.
To generate an alternative list just replace the text in the web-browser address line after the "?jobabbr=" to the air-crew job of your choice (from the list: P, F/Eng, Nav, W/Op, A/B, MU/AG, R/AG), and after the "&service=" to the service of your choice (use one of RAF, RAAF, RCAF, RNZAF, USAF).
Where available additional information and links to other sites.
Squadron Senior Officers Lists and information about 550 Squadron Senior Officers.
Squadron Decorations Decorations awarded to the men of 550 Squadron.

Squadron Aircraft

LinkDescription
Squadron Aircraft Information about the aircraft that flew with 550 Squadron
Squadron Aircraft (specific aircraft) Information about a specific aircraft that flew with 550 Squadron (in this case EE139).
To generate an alternative list just replace the text in the web-browser address line after the "?aircraft=" (EE139) with the aircraft service number of your choise.
Squadron Aircraft (that failed to return) new17/11/2011
Information about aircraft that flew with 550 Squadron, but failed to return from operations. New feature: in each case the lost crew, and their fate, identified.
Squadron Aircraft (specific aircraft that failed to return) new17/11/2011
Information about a specific aircraft that flew with 550 Squadron, but failed to return from operations (in this case EE193).
To generate an alternative list just replace the text in the web-browser address line after the "?aircraft=" (EE193) with the aircraft service number of your choise.
As above, the lost crew, and their fate, listed.
Squadron Aircraft (by Flight) new26/07/2016
Information about a specific aircraft that flew with 550 Squadron, listed by Flight.

Squadron Association Newsletters

LinkDescription
550 Squadron and North Killingholme Association Newsletters Online archive of Association Newsletters many with crew, operations, and other information

Sources

The main sources used in putting together the Squadron information on this site are listed below.

Key in providing the core of the information on this web-site are a number of operational documents:

These documents are available from The National Archives (at Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK). The documents are Crown Copyright material, and their use is gratefully acknowledged.

A search of the records available at the National Archive can be initiated from The National Archives catalogue search.

Other sources include:

For these sources copyright remains with the third parties.

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