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
N W5005 SS-Nan 94 BQ-N
On ops to Kiel ditched in Humber estuary approx. one mile off Killingholme Haven 26/27 Aug 1944.
No injuries
[At some stage this aircraft was fitted with a mid-under gunner position, in an attempt to counter night-fighters, and several crews flew with an 8th man in this position.]
P/O W N H Brawn
F/O M A Buchanan
F/L O A Hardy
F/O W D Robertson
F/O V A Thygessen
F/Sgt T T Savas
Sgt R Blackburn
P/O R Hopman
P/O E C Purney
Sgt J L Sheahan
Sgt T E Flanagan
Sgt E J Molnar
Sgt T G P Cruickshank
Sgt D Yardley
Sgt K H F de Lengerke
Sgt J R Penton
Sgt J D Naunton
F/O N Nunns
Sgt J T Kermack
Sgt C J Watson
P/O T M J Shervington
Sgt A Small
W/O J R Mawhinney
Sgt K R Ansell
Sgt E R Hall
Sgt A C Griffiths
Sgt R G Dennett
Sgt A H Bowers
P/O H S Vaughan
Sgt R W Metcalfe
P/O L C Davies
F/Sgt D Porter
Sgt T Elliott
Sgt W J Watson
Sgt L D Purser
F/Sgt J K Sharpe
F/Sgt G R Martin
F/Sgt F G Ferguson
F/Sgt R E Sloan
F/Sgt R E McKenzie
Sgt A R Gow
Sgt A W E Walters
F/Sgt R Blackburn
Sgt R Finlay
F/O E C Packham
Sgt A Pavlovitch
Sgt A E Howting
F/O H B Parker
F/Sgt G B Smith
Sgt V J Williams
Sgt M L Tretheway
F/O W K Mills
Sgt C J Cassan
Sgt R G Colban
F/O L N B Cann
Sgt C Shaw
Sgt R V Fisher
Sgt N I E Ostrom
F/Sgt J Lyons
F/O H Yates
Sgt J L R Remilard
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 G L Grant
W/O C A Sowden
Sgt P Pindar
Sgt F E Dawson
Sgt R A Caley
Sgt W J Jones
Sgt J E Roberts
S/L B J Redmond
F/L D M Clark

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: W5005.

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The details were last updated: 20 June 2024

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