Squadron Aircraft: Summary Information

Overview

Listed below is the information available for this aircraft which served in 550 Squadron.

In particular thanks are due as listed below to sites without which it would have been next to impossible to put this information together:

Aircraft Details: The column headers should be fairly self-explanatory. The final column (Web links) contains, where given, links to other items on this web-site or indeed to external sources where further information or photographs, etc can be found.

Associated Aircrew: This is the list of servicemen known to have flown on this aircraft at some time or other, it is not a particular crew (that can be found on other lists available on the site such as the crew shown on a specific operation, etc).

Definitions of the abbreviations used are available: here.

Aircraft Details

Aircraft Details Associated Aircrew
Id Service Number Name No. of Ops BQ-Code Other Information Web Links Name
S DV309 - - BQ-S Crashed Schobbroek 21/22 May 1944.
One of three 550 Sqdn lancasters lost on this operation. See: LL851, LM319.
See Westerlo memorial page (link to original web-site)

This aircraft is listed as the 67th victim, of Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer a German Luftwaffe night fighter pilot (known as "The Night Ghost Of St. Trond") and the highest scoring night fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare.
Combat reports list it as downed: 22.5.1944 at 01:51, 3km NW Tongerooge
This is one of two 550 aircraft believed downed this night-figher pilot (see also ME428).
/original-site-archive/memwesterloo.htm

/pages/550-sqdn-westerlo-commemorations.php

http://en.tracesofwar.com/article/33974/Memorial--Crash-Lancaster-Mk-I-DV309-BQ-S.htm

http://www.luftwaffe.cz/schnaufer.html

P/O W N H Brawn
P/O N S Rogers
P/O G W Hinde
Sgt T L J Whittick
Sgt D Hughes
F/Sgt C C Sharland
Sgt D R M Davies
Sgt W A J Young
Sgt E C Beacham
P/O R A Jones
Sgt S G Conrath
F/O A H Crich
F/O D J Bremner
Sgt E K C Smith
Sgt J C Johnson
Sgt W C T Freeman
Sgt H J Pearce
F/O H T A Evans
Sgt N C Jenkins
F/Sgt D Salmon
F/Sgt M E Mills
Sgt J H Marshall
Sgt R H Paxton
W/O C A Sowden
Sgt P Pindar
Sgt F E Dawson
Sgt R A Caley
Sgt W J Jones

This aircraft is one of the 550 Squadron aircraft that was lost on operations.
The details of those air-crew who lost their lives while on operations in this aircraft are listed on the 550 Squadron Roll of Honour, see: DV309.

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The details were last updated: 14 August 2017