550 Squadron Memorials

UK

Memorial Window

550 Squadron Memorial Window in St Denys' Church, North Killingholme. A description of the Memorial Window is available here.

Memorial Window

Memorial Window

Memorial Window

The photographs above were kindly made available by Richard E Flagg (Copyright 1990 - 2011). See http://www.ukairfields.org.uk/.

Memorial Stone, North Killingholme

550 Squadron Memorial Stone in North Killingholme. Unveiled in 1982.

Memorial Stone, 1982 550 Squadron Memorial Stone, Lancaster Approach, North Killingholme

Runnymede Memorial

The RAF Memorial at Runnymede commemorates all of the RAF servicemen lost in World War II who have no known resting place, and there are many 550 Squadron airmen remembered on the walls there.

RAF Memorial, Runneymede RAF Memorial, Runnymede

Brookwood Military Cemetery

Two 550 Squadron crewmen, both RCAF, are buried in the Brookwood Military Cemetery.

Brookwood Military Cemetery Brookwood Military Cemetery
Royal Air Force Shelter

Belgium

All of the 550 Squadron crash sites in Belgium, of which four have a memorial on or near the crash site, are shown in the map below. All six crash sites are remembered in an addition that was made to the Memorial in Rebecq in 2014.

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Westerlo

updated15/06/2014

F/Sgt G W Hinde and the crew of DV309 lost their lives on the Duisburg operation on 21/22 May 1944. Their plane was shot down on the outskirts of Westerlo, Belgium.

Westerlo, May 2014 Westerlo, Belgium. Photograph taken at the May 2014 commemoration service

Rebecq

updated15/06/2014

P/O E C Purney and the crew of JA712 were shot down by a German night-fighter during the night of 27/28 May 1944 when they were coming back from a bombing mission over Aachen. The aircraft crashed at Rebecq-Rognon (Brabant), 25 km SW of Brussels.

RebecqMonument Rebecq, Belgium. Photograph taken at the May 2014 commemoration service
RebecqMonument Rebecq Memorial: The Rebecq Story
Unveiling 7 May 2011

Berinzenne Memorial

updated03/08/2013 updated20/10/2013

F/O Milburn and the crew of ME581 lost their lives during the night of 22/23 April 1944 when their plane was shot down by a night-fighter while returning from a bombing mission over Dusseldorf, crashing 10 km S of Verviers in Belgium.

Memorial550Sq ME581 Memorial in the Fagnes (fens) of Berinzenne

Jalhay Memorial

new09/07/2013 updated20/10/2013 updated10/04/2016

The F/Sgt Jeffries crew of LM425 was lost during the night of 30/31 March 1944 when their plane was on a bombing mission to Nuermburg.

Four of the crew were killed and the remaining three became PoWs.

Memorial550Sq LM425 Memorial at Jalhay, near Liege
Formally unveiled by the British Ambassador to Belgium, 9th April 2016
For photos of the commemoration click here
For information about the crew click here

The Netherlands

Westerbeek

F/O R G Nye and the crew of PD221 lost their lives on 3/4 February 1945 on a raid to the Prosper benzol plant at Bottrop north of Essen in the Ruhr when their aircraft was shot down by a night-figher and crashed near Westerbeek (Noord-Brabant).

The crew were all buried in Oploo (Westerbeek) Roman Catholic Cemetery.

- Memorial to F/O Nye and crew of PD221
For information about the crew click here

Westerbeek, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands
[Picture from: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westerbeek_(dorp)]

Barlo

S/Ldr G S Smith DFC and crew were lost when 550 Squadron Lancaster ME840 failed to return on 16/17 June 1944 from an operation to Sterkrade (one of three 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation: see also LM134 and LL747).

Six of the crew were killed, one, Roy Kay, evaded capture and was able to make his way back to the UK with the help of the Dutch Resistance.

Memorial550Sq Memorial to F/O L Pulfrey of ME840
For information about the crew click here

Rhenen

new17/06/2016

F/O D F Neilson and crew were lost when Lancaster LM134 failed to return on 16/17 June 1944 from an operation to Sterkrade (one of three 550 Lancasters lost on this operation: see also ME840 and LL747).

All of the crew were killed, and as this included the second pilot (W/O Murray) and Squadron Bombing Leader F/Lt McConnell (who was flying as a stand-in for the usual bomb-aimer) this meant the loss of eight men of the squadron.

Memorial550Sq Rhenen Memorial
Inauguration of a memorial to F/O D F Neilson and crew of LM134 - unveiled 17 June 2016
For photos of the commemoration click here
For information about the crew click here

France

Fleville

updated23/05/2011

Two members of the F/O A W L Lohrey crew, in 550 Lancaster RA502, lost their lives on 1 February 1945 while returning from a raid on Ludwigshaven. Both are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, but there is a memorial to the crew in Fleville, France.

Fleville, France
Now including the story of the discovery of the wreck of RA502 and the painstaking investigation that followed
which culminated in the erection of a memorial in honour of the aircrew lost.
updated04/05/2014
Memorial550Sq Fleville Memorial - visited 11 April 2014
For photos of the commemoration click here
For information about the crew click here

Artolsheim

new04/05/2014

F/Lt Crawford and crew were lost when 550 Squadron Lancaster LM392 failed to return on 15/16 March 1944 from an operation to Stuttgart (one of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation: see also LL852).

All of the crew were killed.

Memorial550Sq Artolsheim Memorial
Inauguration of a memorial to F/Lt J S G Crawford and crew of LM392 - unveiled 12 April 2014
For photos of the commemoration click here
For information about the crew click here

Sondernach

new04/05/2014

F/Lt J F Craig and crew failed to return in 550 Squadron Lancaster LL852 when it was lost on 15/16 Mar 1944 on operations to Stuttgart (one of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation, see also LM392).

Six of the crew were killed, one became a PoW.

Memorial550Sq Sondernach Memorial
Inauguration of a panel in memory of F/Lt J F Craig DFC and crew of LL852 - unveiled 13 April 2014
For photos of the commemoration click here
For information about the crew click here

Blamont

new25/07/2016

F/O P M Roche and crew were lost when 550 Squadron Lancaster LM455 failed to return on 28 July 1944 from an operation to Stuttgart (one of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation: see also NE164).

All of the crew were killed.

Memorial550Sq Memorial to F/O Roche and crew of LM455
For information about the crew click here

Ottrott

new29/07/2016

F/O H Jones and crew were lost when 550 Squadron Lancaster NE164 failed to return on 28/29 July 1944 from an operation to Stuttgart (one of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation: see also LM455).

Of the crew two were killed in the crash, one was murdered on the ground, three became PoWs and one evaded capture.

Memorial550Sq Memorial to F/O Jones and crew of NE164
For information about the crew click here

Other Memorials (UK)

Listed below are links to a number of memorials, some 550 Squadron specific, some specific to Lincolnshire and others Bomber Command in general.

URLDescription
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~englin/K/killingholme_churchhist.htm 550 Squadron memorial stained glass windows in St. Denys' Church, North Killingholme
http://www.wartimememories.co.uk/airfields/northkillingholme.html The Wartime Memories Project - North Killingholme
http://www.eebo.freeserve.co.uk/rafmem.htm#Killingholme Lincolnshire memorials
http://www.raf-lincolnshire.info/
http://www.raf-lincolnshire.info/nkillingholme/nkillingholme.htm
http://www.raf-lincolnshire.info/550sqn/550sqn.htm
http://www.raf-lincolnshire.info/550sqn/550sqnmemorials.htm
http://www.raf-lincolnshire.info/nkillingholme/nkillingholmephotos.htm
RAF Lincolnshire, RAF and Airfield History in Lincolnshire
North Killingholme
550 Squadron specific information
550 Squadron memorials
North Killingholme photos