550 Squadron Photos

Photos from Aircraft

There follow below various photos taken from aircaft while on operations. There are examples from various 550 crews and in various aircraft; in some case both are identified whereas in others there is no identification of the crew, the aircraft or the target landscape. Other examples show "bombs gone" or the ground target as the aircraft flies over.

These photos have become available from various sources and where possible these are acknowledged.

Identified Aircraft and Crews

Thanks to Mike Holliday (great nephew of E W Holliday of the F/Lt Stone crew) for making the following photos available.

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Shaw crew, Calias, 26/09/44

Information about the flight here

See F/Lt "Jock" Shaw crew

Reading the notes for that operation "Abandoned on instructions of Master Bomber" it is possible that this photo shows the Shaw crew jettisoning their bombs at sea (on abandonment of the operation).
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Gainsford crew, Fort Frederick Hendrick, 11/10/44

Information about the flight here

See S/Ldr Gainsford crew
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Gainsford crew, Fort Frederick Hendrick 11/10/44

Information about the flight here

See S/Ldr Gainsford crew
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Dawson crew, Fort Frederick Hendrick, 12/10/44

Information about the flight here

See F/O Dawson crew

S/Ldr Pickles Crew Photos

Operations

See S/Ldr Pickles crew.

- Top Photo: Taken by R/AG. A Lanc hit by flak in it's bomb bay whilst on daylight raid over Essen, 13th March 1945
Bottom photo: part of Krupps munitions works at Essen, 1945
- Radar photo of target area at Lutzkendorf 4/5 April 1945

Cooks Tours

See S/Ldr Pickles crew.

Dortmund, 1945
Wesel, 1945
Cologne Railway Station, 1945
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Miscellaneous

The following two photos, also made available by Mike Holliday, show no identification details.

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Bombs gone
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Lancaster below