Squadron Aircraft: Summary Information


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:
Movement cards in the range NG392-NG503 ("flick" through the pages to the service number you seek).

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
V PA995 The Vulture Strikes 101 BQ-V Ton-up Lanc (one of three in 550 Sqdn).
FTR 7/8 March 1945, Dessau.
3 KIA, rest PoW (inc. confined in hospital due to injuries).
One of three 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See also ME428, ME503.





F/O F S Adley
F/O G W Bell
F/O G E Blackler
F/O W F Cox
F/O M L Dubois
F/O R G Fink
F/O R P Franklyn
F/L J Harris
F/O G E Mearns
F/L F S Steele
Sgt H Tulip
F/O G P Fauman
F/O K Bowen-Bravery
P/O G E Thomas
F/Sgt J P Fyffe
Sgt R R Thompson
Sgt R Blackburn
Sgt L G Thompson
F/L R P Stone
Sgt F Norris
F/Sgt W G Kelly
Sgt J F McKeen
Sgt D O'Neil
Sgt J Chamboly
Sgt A G Slater
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/O H Dodds
F/O R D Harris
Sgt K J B Smith
F/Sgt D J Yemen
F/O G J Nicol
Sgt G P Kelleher
Sgt D J Hicks
F/O R F Wallace
F/L E S Allen
F/Sgt E T Smith
F/Sgt A B Dennison
F/Sgt G A Maginley
F/Sgt R W Lundie
Sgt R G Crump
F/O J E Murray-Shirreff
F/O C J Jones
Sgt S J Webb
P/O J Buckmaster
F/Sgt L W Harvey
Sgt F M Main
Sgt M B Smith
Sgt P J Sculley
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 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
Sgt J E Legg
P/O W Dinney
Sgt F C Wilkinson
Sgt W H Ansell
Sgt N S Smart
F/Sgt C J Fuller
Sgt W Towle
Sgt I S Freeman
F/O E B Hornsby
F/Sgt R W Richardson
F/Sgt P F Flux
Sgt S Pelham
F/O G G Kennedy
Sgt G W Soundy
Sgt H Luxton
Sgt H H Powell
Sgt R T Wesley
Sgt A Frame
Sgt J Hogg
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
Sgt W R Ross
F/Sgt H P Nichols
F/Sgt J W Bold
F/Sgt E Mozley
Sgt J Nicholson
Sgt M McCutcheon
F/O R A Tapsell
F/O D J K White
F/O H Black
F/Sgt G E Collinson
Sgt J P Sheridan
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
F/Sgt R H Whitticar
Sgt A W E Walters
Sgt B St. J Railton-Jones
Sgt W G Merills
Sgt W G Roberts
Sgt R Smith
F/O J C Young
Sgt H Wood
Sgt R Eves
Sgt L R R Haynes
Sgt A Cleghorn
Sgt R J McElroy
F/O D C R Hills
F/O B H Lowen
Sgt J F Noonan
Sgt D E Hookham
Sgt R West
Sgt F E Dawson
Sgt S Dennis
F/Sgt R H Lucas
F/Sgt J A Dibley
F/Sgt R J Chester
Sgt K Sharp
Sgt P J James
S/L P A Nicholas
F/L A R Tippett

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: PA995.

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The details were last updated: 22 May 2024

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