Squadron Aircraft: Summary Information

Summary

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

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.

In compiling these lists particular thanks are due, as listed below, to sites without which it would have been next to impossible to put the information together. Many thanks to the providers of these pages whose work is gratefully acknowledged.

URI Description Other Information
https://www.lancasterbombers.net/form-78-aircraft-movement-cards/ Lancaster movement cards.
The site which can be searched for specific aircraft numbers or ranges of numbers.
An examples of use includes:
http://lancasterbombersinfo.ipage.com/Data/Form-78s/Lancaster/NG392-NG503/mobile/index.html:
Movement cards in the range NG392-NG503 ("flick" through the pages to the service number you seek).

https://www.lancasterbombers.net/abbreviations-form-78/
Abbreviations used on movement cards.
http://www.lancaster-archive.com/ For anyone wishing to locate further Lancaster histories, or to trace Lancaster losses for a raid. Website produced by Lancaster and Manchester Bomber Historian who can be reached on email at: Larry Wright
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/ In the cases of bombers that Failed to Return (FTR) this site has been invaluable. The web-site, however, appears to have gone offline at some point in time (unclear when).

Aircraft Details

Aircraft Details Associated Aircrew
Id Service Number Name No. of Ops BQ-Code Other Information Web Links Name
J LL811 Bad Penny II - BQ-J J-Jig Credited with opening the D-Day attack when they dropped the first string of bombs on 5th June 1944.
The crew captained by F/O K Bowen-Bravery were awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government in the late 1990s.
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F/O M A Buchanan
F/O R G Fink
F/O J Harris
F/O R Purvis
P/O J R Rigby
F/L N L Rose
F/O K F Sidwell
F/L F S Steele
P/O A D Young
F/O G P Fauman
F/O K Bowen-Bravery
P/O G E Thomas
F/Sgt J P Fyffe
W/O P E E F Keeley
Sgt R R Thompson
F/Sgt A Bodill
Sgt R Blackburn
Sgt L G Thompson
F/L R P Stone
F/O L J T McCarthy
Sgt J D Shilcock
Sgt T W Farmer
F/Sgt F L J Colbourn
Sgt S J Lovett
Sgt L Kendrew
Sgt H Doherty
F/Sgt J W Brown
F/O D F Neilson
Sgt C A Bennett
F/O H B Brett
F/O C Stocks
Sgt A T Paget
Sgt E W Webb
F/O J M McKay
WO2 E Salte
W/O W H S Ansell
F/Sgt G W Battersby
F/O C R Cameron
F/O I H R Hood
Sgt A Anderson
Sgt E W Parker
Sgt O Tabuteau
F/Sgt C W Sawyers
Sgt G E White
Sgt R F Ferry
F/Sgt E W Holliday
Sgt D E Norgrove
Sgt L G B Wartnaby
F/Sgt F Wright
Sgt G H Town
Sgt G Hope
F/Sgt D J T Slimming
F/Sgt J H Windsor
F/Sgt P D Probert
P/O E C Ball
F/Sgt J Teasdale
Sgt Morgan
Sgt Wright
Sgt W J Killick
F/Sgt A E Stebner
F/O M S Merevitz
Sgt P E Cooksey
Sgt J A Ringrow
Sgt W A Drake
P/O W Dinney
Sgt G H Simpkins
F/Sgt J W Eppel
W/O J C Conway
F/Sgt R G Bickford
Sgt W P Waddell
Sgt B S P Barby
F/O L W Hussey
Sgt E Elliot
F/O M A de Gast
F/O H S W Watson
Sgt A G Sale
F/Sgt R L Holmgren
F/Sgt T Fairclough
F/Sgt C Stoddard
F/Sgt K R S Scholefield
Sgt L W Guthrie
Sgt J Wright
Sgt V S B Scoble
F/O J J W Dawson
Sgt E W C Edmunds
F/Sgt F W Willmer
F/Sgt K P Brady
Sgt J M Palmer
Sgt J Earnshaw
F/Sgt W H Harkness
Sgt A W E Walters
Sgt B St. J Railton-Jones
Sgt W G Merills
Sgt W G Roberts
Sgt R Smith
Sgt K L Willis
F/O R C Foote
F/O E G Caswell
Sgt G W Page
F/O J S Tointon
Sgt G S Spragg
Sgt V J Williams
Sgt J Hill
F/O P J Singer
Sgt C R S Daniels
F/Sgt J W Pidcock
Sgt E Thompson
Sgt C Hillsdon
Sgt L R R Haynes
Sgt E A Johnson
F/O H B Snelgrove
Sgt E Clarke
P/O A E Sutton
Sgt L E Updike
Sgt W G Beney
Sgt A Cleghorn
P/O W P F Daniels
Sgt J G Woodhall
Sgt R G Roberts
Sgt R Wright
F/Sgt F R Easton
Sgt A E Baker
Sgt W F Baker
S/L P A Nicholas

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The details were last updated: 18 June 2024


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