Squadron Aircraft: Summary Information


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

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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).

An extended view of the Squadron Aircraft report providing more detailed information is available here [IMPLEMENTATION STILL TO BE FINALISED]. This extended version of the Squadron Aircraft report lists the crew members known to have flown in a particular aircraft.

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
D ND396 - - BQ-D FTR 30/31 Jan 1944, Berlin.
One of two No.550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See also DV305.
Crew all survived (all PoW).
Hit by Flak approaching Berlin at 20,000ft and crash-landed.
Crash site may now be established near Wittenberge by German researchers in contact with this web-site.
Book due to be published November 2011 (Scherzer Militaer Verlag), Title Aufschlagbrand.

[Ed: In fact all the ORB pages state "NB396" (including for the FTR operation). So a little uncertainty whether NB396 or ND396.]
F/O J R Harding
F/Sgt H Jennings
Sgt G Hunter
Sgt J C Cartwright
F/O G Pickavance
Sgt L I Smith
Sgt W C Frost
Sgt T W Vittle
Sgt C V Gale
F/Sgt A B Frost
Sgt B G Winzar
Sgt E J Brennan
Sgt J W Nash
S/L G D Graham

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: ND396.

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The details were last updated: 09 June 2022

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