550 Squadron Photos
BQ-B Bombing up
Ron (Taff) Hawesford bombing up BQ-B for her 100th Operation, North Killingholme 1944
Bombing up '44/45
Shows the kind of conditions the ground-crews had to work in to fit, repair and bomb-up the aircraft
A "cookie" in the bomb bay surrounded by incendiary clusters
On the ground beneath the bomb-bay are, possibly, further bomb canisters in some sort of release-clip? Perhaps someone is able to confirm?
Thanks to David Elderfield for this photo from his father's collection from his time on 550 Sqdn, and therefore believed to have been taken at North Killingholme
See typical bomb-load layouts at: http://www.lancaster-archive.com/lanc_bomb_loads.htm
|DV305 / BQ-O crash landed at Woodridge 31 Jan 1944 after being attacked by a night fighter
The two air-gunners killed by the night-fighter fire, 1 PoW (baled out, Camp L3, PoW No.3399), remainder survived.
Pilot F/O Morrison received a DSO for his actions.
DV305 / BQ-O crash landed at Woodridge (alternate view)
Picture courtesy of Colin Patemen
"Q" Queenie (LL837) bogged down off the perimeter track before take off at 19.30 hours on 7th July 1944 for raid on Caen
Annotation on the rear of the photo:
F/O Leslie Wareham, bogged down for a short time. S/Ldr McAleavey, new "A" Flight Commander, came along (car on the right?), leant on the wheel and the aircraft was soon free and airbourne in 5 mins
High resolution version of the photo available here (but note it is a 22.5 Mbyte download)
550 Sqdn Lancasters taxiing
Believed taken either in Italy or at North Killinghome (taken by F/O Ron Clark from his aircraft)
Picture courtesy of Laith Clark (grandson of F/O Clark)
Sunrise Return: J-Jig, Bad Penny II returning to North Killingholme 1944. Painted by the late Maurice Labourne
Picture courtesy of Jack Harris