550 Squadron Photos
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Squadron Group Photos
Squadron Photo - March 1944
|550 Squadron, group photo March 1944
|550 Squadron, group photo March 1944 (colour tinted version)
This version appeared in the Daily Mail Weekend magazine, Saturday 11th August 2001
The item contained interviews with three veterans, including Harry Evans (circled) navigator with the P/O Rogers crew
Thanks to Richard Johnson for providing the picture: his father is standing on the wing seventh from the right - he was killed at the end of March when ND425 was shot down
The large alsatian dog seen in several of the large group photographs was called "Higgins" and had a great liking for beer bottle tops!
Thanks for Desmond Tilley for the information. Desmond was aged 7/8 at the time but still recalls waving the "boys" off on their missions and their kindness in giving him part of their chocolate ration. He can also recall many happy hours with those young men who taught him to like beer despite his age!
Squadron Photo - May 1945
|"B" Flight 550 Sqdn. with "V-VICTOR" PA995/BQ-V 100th Operation, March 1945
Front row centre: S/Ldr Pickles RAAF, Flight Commander "B" Flight (Jan 45 - May 45)
Immediate right of S/Ldr Pickles and one back: F/O Spindler (Nav, Pickles crew)
Front row (standing) 6th from left: F/O Evans (B/A, Pickles crew)
Front row (standing) 8th from left: F/O Beale RCAF (P)
F/O Summons crew members Left hand side:
Seated Front row: Jack O'Halloran , Jeff Arnold (directly behind dog), Cliff Jerman
Behind(standing): 2nd from Left Allan Benger, Garnet Nankiwell, David Summons
Source: Jack Harris. Identifications from Jack Harris, Peter Spindler, John Arnold
(sadly "Vulture Strikes" failed to return from the 101st operation)
|'C' Flight, 550 Squadron
Photo courtesy of Tony Fleming
Flight Commanders and Senior Officers
|Navigation Section, Sept 1945, North Killingholme|
Squadron Photos - Other
|P/O Hayter with Sqdn Adjutant and Orderly Room Staff
P/O (later F/O) Hayter was the only survivor of NF963 when his aircraft crashed on a training flight
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|Engineering Officers and W/Officers 1945, North Killingholme
Back row, L-to-R: F/Sgt G F Ted(?) Groom (?, F/Lt E G Fleming crew), F/Sgt. H W Burlingham (F/Sgt G W Jamieson crew), F/Sgt G B Dawkins (?, F/Lt E G Blakeway crew)
Front row, L-to-R: W/O Horsley (F/Lt F J Mitchell crew), Engineering Leader F/Lt K J B Wright, Sgt J Potts(?, F/Sgt C L Cochrane crew), ??, ??
North Killingholme 1945
|"Frank Hodgson Pilot Brigade"
The picture was annotated "Frank Hodgson Pilot Brigade"; and therefore implied that it was a group photo of a number of pilots. F/Sgt Hodgson (P/F/Eng) flew with the F/Sgt Hodgkiss crew
Picture courtesy of Jan Care (daughter of Frank Hodgson)
Apart from the identification of Sgt Frank Hodgson (P/F/Eng) some others are identified, including ...
Vic Cassapi (F/Eng) of the F/O Lohrey crew was identified in the photo (back-row, 2nd from the extreme right), and Vic confirmed it was indeed him as he has a copy of the same photo. Vic noted that this was a photo of Flight Engineers
Norman Horsley (F/Eng) of the F/Lt Mitchell crew front row, 6th from the right
Bob Morley (F/Eng) of the P/O Elliott crew middle row, 4th from the right
Reg Harris (A/B) of the F/Sgt Vance crew middle row, 5th from right
The picture is thought to be ca. June 1945, possibly in North Killingholme
The numbers "24" are clearly seen on the aircraft. If this is taken in North Killingholme then so this might make this either NG243 / BQ-M2 Mike-Squared or NG246 / BQ-G both aircraft being Stuck of Charge in Nov 1945, so were around during the possible period of the photo
No.35 Flying Instructors Course Sept-Oct 1942
|No.35 Flying Instructors Course Sept-Oct 1942
Includes at least one 550 Sqdn pilot (F/Lt Fleming)
This is however a rather large 9Mbyte
Photo courtesy of Tony Fleming