550 Squadron Photos

Ground Staff

SORosemaryBritton Lillian May Peet (back row - extreme right). Lillian was with 550 Sqdn from Dec 1943 until Oct 1945; she may have worked as a waitress (not confirmed)
Photo kindly made available by her daughter
There is another picture of Lillian Peet & two others in the book "Maximum Effort 3" (page 23). Comparing that photo with this the woman standing on the extreme right might be Elsie Pool

F/Lt Rowland Tilley (front row second from the left) in Flying Control (information from Desmond Tilley (son))

If you can identify others in the picture please send the information in to the web-site
- WAAFs posted to North Killingholme December 1943
L-to-R: Helen (?), Elsie Pool, Lillian May Lait (neé Peet)
SORosemaryBritton S/O Rosemary Britton
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North Killingholme WAAFs, August 1944
Gwen Doonen, Joan Halton, Sylvia Dutton, Joyce Leigh, Nora Buck, Vivianne Johnson (back row, end right)
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Two aircrew by Lancaster tail-gun
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Originally labelled "possibly Bob Towsley and another" (as the photos were received attached)
BUT the family of Leslie Robert (Bob) Towsley have confirmed that in fact neither of the men in the photo is their relative
So the picture has been removed from the LL81 crew web-page - but is shown here in case it is possible for someone to identify either man

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Thanks to Geoff Sutton for the following information
The one on the right is my Dad, Leslie Sutton
Leslie S. Sutton was in 550 Squadron as ground crew loading bombs into the Lancaster Bombers
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Thanks to Geoff Sutton for the information and photos
The one on the right is my Dad

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Note the hairstyle of the younger photo of my dad taken in the late 50ís.
In the picture taken in 2004 in the blue jacket, the pins and tie are from one of the Squadron Reunions, which he regularly attended until his passing in December 2006

Aircrew

W/Cmdr Bryan "Dingle" Bell

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Wing Commander Bryan "Dingle" Bell
PoW (FTR 22 Feb 45)

PoW picture from German archive: taken when W/Cmdr Bell was captured after going on the run following the crash.
To find out how W/Cmdr Bell's family acquired this picture and learn more about him click here

Picture courtesy of Gordon Bell

P/O P J Dukelow and Crew

LL851 was shot down by a Messerschmitt over Belgium on 21/21 May 1944 on the operations to Duisburg. LL851 was one of three 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. The aircraft crashed into a field owned by Albert Van Hoornick at Heimolen (Oost-Vlaanderen) between the Wever and Heimolenstraat some 3 km south of Sint Niklass, where all were buried in the town's communal cemetery.

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To find out more about LL851 and this crew lost over Belgium click here

F/S G W Hinde and Crew

DV309 was shot down on the outskirts of Westerlo, Belgium, one of three 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on the Duisburg operation on 21/22 May 1944.

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To find out more about DV309 and this crew lost over Belgium click here
See also the Westerlo Commemorations pages.

F/O J C Adams and Crew

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Crew photo (minus the F/Eng, Sgt Scott)
L-to-R: F/O Renton, F/O Elcoate, Sgt Winstanley, F/Sgt Sterman, F/O Adams (P), F/Sgt Papple
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Picture courtesy of Brian Goodwin

F/O L B Cameron DFC and Crew

F/O Cameron and his crew did a full operational tour, many of the flights in LM273.

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Back Row: Sgt Dave Eldridge, Sgt Frank Popple, F/Lt Jock Shaw,
F/O Peggy Burnside (intel.), F/O Les Cameron, Sgt. Joe White
Sgt Glen Sutherland, P/O Joe Rigby, Sgt F Piertney, S/Ldr B J Redmond
Front Row: LM273 ground crew technical team (names unknown)
Picture courtesy of Jim Cameron
To see more photos of this crew and the list of the operations they completed click here

F/O D H Grundy and Crew

LM273 was one of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on the Pforzheim operation on 23/24 February 1945. The crew on this flight was not the Cameron crew in the photograph above but the F/O Grundy crew.

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Left-to-right:
F/O Grundy, F/Sgt Sowter, Sgt McLauchlan
Sgt E W King, Sgt Figg, Sgt Mackenzie, Sgt Jarvis
Picture courtesy of Jim Cameron
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F/Lt J Lord DFC and Crew

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Left To Right: Ken Down, Jim Lord, Guss Vass, Jock Elliott, Pat Scully, Bob Sebaski, Jack Shomberg
Picture courtesy of Jim Cameron
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F/Lt D A Shaw DFC and Bar and Crew

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F/Lt "Jock" Shaw, crew and ground crew, about August 1944
With ED905 /BQ-F ("Fox"), "Press on Regardless"
70 bombs painted on the nose - white bombs indicate daylight raids, dark bombs night raids
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F/Lt E G Fleming and Crew

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Photo courtesy of Tony Fleming

S/Ldr Caldow and Crew

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F/L Cassidy F/Lt Cassidy with S/Ldr Caldow and crew, March 1945
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F/Lt Cassidy carried out a second tour of operations with 550 Sqdn, after a first tour with 626 Sqdn. For details click here

F/Lt D McLaughlin & Crew

Click image F/Lt Donald McLaughlin & Crew after completing tour of 35 ops at North Killingholme
Back row. L-to-R: F/O J Barkley (Nav), F/Lt D MacLoughlan (P), J Parkinson (B/A)
Front row. L-to-R: W/O R Lazzell, D LLoyd (W/Op), D Drake (MU/AG), D Kettell (F/Eng)
Picture courtesy of Don Drake
Don comments: (ca. Aug 2010) We all attended the dedication of the commemorative stone in 1982 but sadly I am the only one now left.
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P/O R G Screen DFC and Crew

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P/O J Beale DFC and Crew

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F/Lt A W Browne DFC and Crew

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F/Lt Johnston and Crew

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P/O G Mearns DFC and Crew

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Sgt Fred Norris flew with the P/O Mearns Crew
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P/O N S Rogers and Crew

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F/O H Dodds and Crew

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F/O H Dodds, along with the rest of the crew of PD319 / BQ-G, was killed on 14 October 1944 when his Lancaster bomber was shot down on the raid to Duisburg.

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Picture courtesy of Evelyn Miller

At the Remembrance Sunday services in November 2012 a fragment of PD319 finally returned to North Killingholme, after 68 years (follow the information link above).

F/Sgt C G Foster and Crew

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Click image The crew of ND425 was killed on 30/31 March 1944 when their Lancaster bomber was shot down by a night-fighter on the raid to Nuremburg
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This photo is available from a number of sources this copy courtesy of Norman Reid

S/Ldr E L Pickles DFC* and Crew

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Information courtesy of Gary Brooks

W/O G K Peasgood and Crew

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Picture courtesy of Les Finn

F/Lt J Harris and Crew

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F/O C G K Edlund and Crew

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F/O G G H Cowper and Crew

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Picture courtesy of Jim Cameron

F/O E S Allen and Crew

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F/O Alderdice and Crew

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F/O G E Blackler and Crew

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Picture courtesy of Mark Simpson

F/Lt R M Newitt DFC and Crew

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Left To Right: F/L Roland Newitt, F/O Johny Wright, F/O Bill Williams, W/O Billy Hill, F/O Levene, F/Sgt John Piper, F/O Harry Quick
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For more information about this crew and the list of the operations they completed click here

F/O J Lukies and Crew

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Left To Right: Back row: W Hoffman (RAF), Sgt J Crane (RAF), P/O J Lukies (RAAF) (Pilot), F/Sgt L Pfitzner (RAAF)
Front row: F/Sgt J Foran (RAAF), F/Sgt D Cables (RAAF), P/O J Johnson (RAAF)
Photo kindly made available by Gerard Foran (grandson of W/Op J Foran)
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F/Sgt W R Cooper and Crew

550 Squadron Lancaster JB604 was lost during the night of 23/24 December 1943 when it was in collision with 550 Lancaster ED730 (BQ-G) and crashed at Fulston at 00.30hrs. This crew was only on their second operation with 550 Squadron, the squadron only having been formed out of 100 Squadron the previous month.

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F/Sgt S Langford and Crew

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Picture courtesy of Mark Simpson

P/O K A Smith DFC and Crew

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Picture courtesy of Syd Smith-Gauvin (brother of pilot Ken Smith)

P/O R H Digby and Crew

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Picture courtesy of Brian Perrigo (son of James Leon Perrigo (A/G))

F/Sgt V R L Johnson and Crew

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Picture courtesy of Mark Simpson

F/O G G Kennedy and Crew

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Picture courtesy of Rob Luxton

F/O R D Harris and Crew

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Click image ME428/BQ-O was one of three 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on the Dessau operation on 7/8 March 1945
Crewed on this operation by F/O R D Harris and crew
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F/O F L Hern-Black and Crew

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Picture courtesy of Allan Hurlburt

Leading Aircraftsman Phillip Lewis

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Phillip Lewis Extreme left: leading aircraftsman Phillip Lewis. Others unknown.
Photo courtesy of Hylton Lewis (son of aircraftsman Lewis)

Hylton Lewis has requested if anyone can put names to the unknown men in the photo which is almost certainly taken in North Killingholme shortly before The Phantom flew her 100th operation.

S/Ldr P A Nicholas and Crew

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F/O S C Beeson and Crew

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F/Sgt J H Vance and Crew

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F/O J Harris and Crew

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F/O R M Harris RNZAF and Crew

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F/O A W L Lohrey and Crew

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F/O W E Town and Crew

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F/O M D Hayes and Crew

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S/Ldr J C Sarll and Crew

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F/O K W Jeans and Crew

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F/Lt M F A Maltin and Crew

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S/Ldr F Hume and Crew

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F/O I A Stevenson and Crew

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F/O H A Findlay and Crew

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F/O H J Handley and Crew

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F/O J E Franklyn DFC and Crew

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F/O R P Franklyn DFC and Crew

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F/Lt L Dale DFC and Crew

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F/O G P Fauman and Crew

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F/O C J Jones and Crew

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F/Lt R J Liefooghe and Crew

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F/Sgt Dexter and Crew

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F/Lt H S Grimes and Crew

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S/Ldr E L Gosling and Crew

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F/Sgt K F Wilson and Crew

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F/Lt D E A Luger and Crew

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P/O R A Jones and Crew

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All of these photos are members of P/O Jones crew; to date a photo of the full crew is unavailable.
All pictures courtesy of Mark Simpson.

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F/Lt E G Blakeway and Crew

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F/Lt N A Burrows and Crew

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F/Lt E H Luder and Crew

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F/Lt J P Morris and Crew

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F/O K Bowen-Bravery DFC, CdG and Crew

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P/O Daniels and Crew

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F/O F J Cox and Crew

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F/O CJ Clarke and Crew

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P/O A G Elliott and Crew

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F/O M L Dubois DFC and Crew

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F/Sgt Wall and Crew

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P/O J G Smart and Crew

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F/Sgt R Hopman RAAF and Crew

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F/O G S Devereau and Crew

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W/O H Davies and Crew

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F/Lt Mitchell and Crew

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F/Sgt H Cochrane and Crew

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F/O V P Ansell and Crew

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F/O H A Shenker DFC and Crew

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F/Lt G T Pyke and Crew

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F/O R A Tapsell and Crew

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F/O A C Bothe and Crew

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F/O L G Michie DFC and Crew

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F/Sgt A J H Jefferies and Crew

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F/O C A Rhude and Crew

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F/Sgt Banahan and Crew

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F/O V G Roberts and Crew

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P/O R Vaughan and Crew

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F/Sgt J R Locke and Crew

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F/Lt H G Johnston and Crew

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F/O L S Johnston and Crew

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F/Sgt F P Knight RAAF and Crew

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F/Lt D R Parsons RAAF and Crew

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F/O J C Hutcheson DFC and Crew

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P/O P Maxwell DFC and Crew

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F/O J J W Dawson and Crew

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Fl/Lt N L Rose DFC and Crew

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F/O V A Thygessen RCAF DFC and Crew

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Fl/Lt R Thomas DFC and Crew

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P/O W J Bibby and Crew

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P/O F Dowson and Crew

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Sgt Allington and Crew

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F/Lt J A Sweeney RCAF and Crew

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F/Lt Waite and Crew

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F/O L A Doward and Crew

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F/Sgt Hodgkiss and Crew

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S/Ldr G D Graham DFC AFC RAAF and Crew

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F/Sgt C W Graham and Crew

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F/Lt D J Boydon and Crew

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F/Sgt D P Lambert and Crew

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F/Sgt C R R Scott and Crew

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P/O V J Bouchard DFC and Crew

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F/O R Purvis DFC and Crew

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F/Sgt J F Thomas and Crew

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F/O D D S Ferguson DFC and Crew

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F/O J B Barnes RCAF and Crew

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F/O Kingsmill RAAF and Crew

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F/O Thompson and Crew

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F/Sgt M J Ball and Crew

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F/Sgt Butler RAAF and Crew

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F/Lt F S Steele DFC RCAF and Crew

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F/O R W Wright and Crew

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F/Lt C M Irving and Crew

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F/Lt L O Williams DFC RAAF and Crew

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F/Lt RW Picton DFC and F/O J J Logan DFC

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F/Lt J F Craig DFC RNZAF

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F/O K F Sidwell DFC and Crew

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F/O P M Roche

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F/O J O Richard DFC Crew

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F/Lt J S G Crawford Crew

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