Squadron Flights: Summary Information

Overview

There follows below lists of the aircraft flown by 550 Squadron separated out by Flight. The information used to build this page was taken in the first instance from the lists provided on the original Squadron Association web-site, but has been augmented by new and additional information gathered since that time.

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

The aircraft are listed according to Flights 'A' - 'C'. In the case of the final section ('U' Flight) this section is there because the allocation of these aircraft to one of the Squadron Flights is unclear or unknown. As and when information is received this will be updated and the lists will appear amended as appropriate. If you, reader, know this information then please email it in.

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: When a link to particular aircrew is given, this only indicates crewmen it is known the aircraft is associated with, i.e. it is simply a list of servicemen known to have flown on this aircraft at some time or other.
NB: this column may be scrapped when a more comprehensive report linking individual airmen to aircraft to operations becomes available.

Definitions of the abbreviations used are available: here.


A Flight

Aircraft Details Associated Aircrew
Id Service Number Name No. of Ops BQ-Code Other Information Web Links Name
A LL800 - - - To 1660CU, SOC 30/05/46 - -
A LM319 - - BQ-A FTR 22 May 1944, Duisburg.
Crew all KIA.
One of three 550 Sqdn aircraft lost on this operation. See DV309; LL851.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3561

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A ME390 - - BQ-A Scrapped 07 May 1947 - -
A NF963 - - BQ-A Crashed 4 Oct 1944, near Ellingstring, near Masham, Yorkshire.
Lost on training operations. Pilot listed in ORB as UNKNOWN but was in fact F/O Hayter who was the only survivor.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=1765

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A NN715 - - BQ-A FTR 21/22 Feb 1945, Duisburg.
Two crew killed, remainder PoWs.
W/Cmdr Bell was 550 Sqdn Commander and remained a PoW until Liberation.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=9547

/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FlLtDEALuger/index.php

/pages/550-sqdn-photos.php#FlLtDEALuger

/pages/550-sqdn-photos.php#WingCommanderBryanBell

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B EE139 The Phantom of the Ruhr 121 (61) BQ-B Ton-up Lanc (one of three in 550 Sqdn).
100 Sqdn AR-A, HW-R, 550 Sqdn BQ-B, 1656 HCU.
Survived the war. Scrapped 19 February 1946.


From 2007 to 2012 "The Phantom" flew again - the BBMF Lancaster PA474 flew wearing the call-codes BQ-B and HW-R in honour of both 550 and 100 Squadrons.
/pages/bomber-command-books.php#TonUpLancs

/pages/the-phantom-of-the-ruhr.php

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/original-site-archive/lib/image066.jpg

/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOJCHutcheson/index.php

/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderWFCaldow/index.php

http://www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/theaircraft/lancaster.cfm

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B NG336 - - BQ-B FTR 16 Mar 1945.
Crew: 6 KIA, 1 PoW (F/L R.J.Liefooghe was interned in Camp 5A).
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=2653

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C JB345 - - BQ-C To 5MU, Scrapped ??/07/1947 - -
C RA503 - - BQ-C SOC 23/11/1945 - -
D LL748 - - BQ-D To 1LFS, 1656CU, 1662CU, SOC 06/12/1945 - -
E LL836 - - BQ-E FTR 10/11 Apr 1944, Aulnoye.
Crew all KIA
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3553

Sgt T H Guest

F/O J F Potter

F ED905 Press on Regardless 100 Freddie Ton-up Lanc (one of three in 550 Sqdn).
103 Sqn PM-X, 166 Sqn AS-X, 550, No.1 Lancaster Finishing School, 1656 HCU Crashed 20 August 1945
/pages/bomber-command-books.php#TonUpLancs

/original-site-archive/lib/image036.jpg

/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FlLtDAShaw/index.php

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F ME556 - - BQ-F FTR 6/7 Jun 1944, Aachen/Acheres.
Crew all KIA
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3578

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G ND403 - - UL-G2 FTR 12/13 May 194?.
Listed as a 576 Sqnd Lanc on Lostbombers.
Not lost on operations.
No further details recorded
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=2236

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H JA712 - - BQ-H FTR 27/28 May 1944, Aachen.
See Rebecq Memorial Project (unveiled May 2011)
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=11323

/documents/public/Rebecq-Memorial-Project/index.php

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H LL826 - - BQ-H FTR 03/04 May 1944, Mailly. Crew all KIA http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3558

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H LM134 - - BQ-H FTR 16/17 June 1944, Sterkrade.
Crew all KIA (only three of the EIGHT crew (2nd pilot flying) were recovered).
LM134 crashed between Achterberg and Veenendaal in Holland.
Aircraft may have been shot down by a German night fighter pilot Heinz Str?ning. (Source : Patrick Baumann)
One of three 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation (See also LL747 and ME840)
[Ed: ORB records LM134 "H" on multiple flights AFTER the loss on 16 June 44 to Sterkade with the Neilson crew]
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3568

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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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K LL810 - - BQ-K FTR 27/28 May 1944, Aachen.
Crew all KIA.
Buried in the Wevelgem Communal Cemetery in Belgium
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3545

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K LL834 - - BQ-K Ditched in training off Donna Nook (2 engines cut-out) 22 Apr 1944 http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=426

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- JB604 - - BQ-K FTR 23/44 December 1943, Berlin. Crew all KIA.
Listed as 100 Sqdn ND327 on Lostbombers site
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=1589

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TOTAL Flight records: 21


B Flight

Aircraft Details Associated Aircrew
Id Service Number Name No. of Ops BQ-Code Other Information Web Links Name
L LL850 - - BQ-L Wrecked 8 July 1944, Caen.
Hit by a bomb over the target and badly damaged.
On return diverted to Manston airfield, Kent crash landing here at 2250.
No crew injuries.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=968

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M DV200 - - BQ-M To 1LFS, 1662CU, BCIS, SOC 25/07/1946 - -
M DV279 - - BQ-M Hit by Flak ex Scholven-Buer 18/19 July 1944.
The crew managed to regain the East Anglia coast.
Crashed at Seething, 9 miles north of Norwich.
Pilot F/O Clark killed, remainder baled out and survived.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3537

http://airforce.ca/awards.php?search=1&keyword=&page=134&mem=&type=rcaf

F/O H A T Clark

M NG331 - - BQ-M FTR 5/6 Jan 1945, Hannover.
Believed shot down by flak, wreckage scattered over a radius of 800m to 1km.
Crew: 6 KIA, 1 PoW
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=1395

/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOJCAdams/index.php

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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.]
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3534

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N LM425 - - BQ-N FTR 30/31 Mar 1944, Nuremburg.
Crew: 4 KIA, 3 PoW.
One of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation (see also ND425).
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=10757

http://en.tracesofwar.com/article/12471/Memorial-Lancaster-LM425.htm

F/Sgt A H Jefferies

O DV305 - - BQ-O Wrecked 31 Jan 1944, Berlin.
One of two No.550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See also ND396.
Badly shot up by night-fighters while in target area, whose cannon fire killed both air gunners; the air bomber bailed out by mistake in the confusion.
Flying without any navigation aids, landed at Woodbridge Emergency Airfield in Suffolk damaged beyond repair.
Crew: the two air-gunners killed by night-fighter fire, 1 PoW (baled out, Camp L3, PoW No.3399), remainder survived.
As a result of his actions pilot F/O Morrison received a DSO.
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http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=1283

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O HK800 - - - SOC 03 Jun 1947 - -
O LL796 BQ-O (or Q?) - BQ-O FTR 12 Jul 1944, Revigny.
Collided with 103 Sqdn Lancaster.
Crew all KIA.
One of three 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3560

F/O W Boocock

P LL747 - - BQ-P FTR 16/17 Jun 1944, Sterkrade.
Crew all survived as PoWs.
One of three 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation.
Cause of loss and crash-site not established
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=10966

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Q ED942 - - BQ-Q FTR 25/26 Feb 1944, Ausburg. Crew: 6 KIA, 1 PoW.
One of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=10970

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Q LL837 - - BQ-Q FTR 14/15 Jul 1944, Revigny.
Crew all KIA, inc. W/Cmdr P E G G Connolly (Commanding Officer) and F/Lt K W L Fuller (Senior Gunnery Officer).
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3359

F/L K W L Fuller

Q ME548 - 1 BQ-Q FTR 18 Mar 1945, Hanau.
Lost on first operation.
Crew: 2 KIA, remainder gathered up by units of the US Army.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3577

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R ME503 - 1 BQ-R FTR 7/8 Mar 1945, Dessau.
Lost on first operation.
Crew: 5 KIA, 2 PoWs confined in hospital due injuries until repatriation to UK 3 April 1945.
One of three 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See also ME428, PA995.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=2036

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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.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3538

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

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S LM229 - 1 BQ-S Swung on take-off 4 Jul 1944, Orleans (first op).
Only 1 member of crew injured.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3564

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S LM647 - 1 BQ-S FTR 13 Jul 1944, Revigny.
Lost on first operation.
Six crew KIA, one died of injuries later.
One of three 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3573

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S PD343 - - - Missing in transit (Italy - UK) 29 Sep 1945 - -
T PD255 - - BQ-T FTR 2 Nov 1944, Duesseldorf.
Cause of loss not established.
Crew all KIA. The air-gunner on this flight (Sgt Ted Morgan) was standing in for usual F/L Foster crew air-gunner for who was ill.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=7089

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U LL831 - - BQ-U LL831 confusingly listed as "J" and "U" on different ORB pages. Assumed "U" is correct as LL811 is already listed a J-Jig

To 1LFS, 1667CU, 1656CU, SOC 12 Dec 1945
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V LL851 - - BQ-V FTR 21/22 May 1944, Duisburg.
Crew all KIA. Buried Sint. Niklass Church.
One of three 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See DV309, LM319
/pages/550-sqdn-photos.php#LL851

http://www.inmemories.com/Cemeteries/stniklaas.htm

http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3551

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V NF962 - 1 BQ-V FTR 31 Aug 1944, Agenville.
Crew all KIA, inc. W/Cdr Sisley (commanding officer)
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3586

Sgt H H M Connolly

V PA309 - - BQ-V - - -
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.
/pages/bomber-command-books.php#TonUpLancs

/original-site-archive/lib/image134.jpg

/original-site-archive/histmemdhdresden.htm

/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOGEBlackler/index.php

http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=11371

P/O J Buckmaster

V PD208 - - BQ-V Crashed at Wansford ex Fontaine-le-Pin 15 Aug 1944 http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3597

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W JA918 - - BQ-W FTR 9/10 May 1944, Mardyck.
Crew all KIA.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3549

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X LL852 - - BQ-X FTR 15/16 Mar 1944, Stuttgart.
One of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation (see also LM392).
Crew: 6 KIA, 1 PoW
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=4485

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X ME301 - - BQ-X FTR 4/5 Apr 1945, Luetzkendorf.
Crew all KIA
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3574

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Y PB514 Yokel - BQ-Y Flown by P/O Beale crew among others.
SOC 04 Oct 1945
/pages/550-sqdn-photos.php#POBealeCrew

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Z RA502 - 1 BQ-Z Collided with 170 Sqn Lanc.
Crashed at Fleville, (France) 1 February 1945.
See Fleville memorial page (link to original web-site)
/original-site-archive/memfleville.htm

http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3604

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TOTAL Flight records: 30


C Flight

Aircraft Details Associated Aircrew
Id Service Number Name No. of Ops BQ-Code Other Information Web Links Name
A2 NF931 - - BQ-A2 To 100 Sqdn, SOC 22/05/1947 - -
B2 NF932 - - BQ-B2 Blew up 13 Feb 1945, Dresden, Operation Thunderclap. Crew KIA.
At aged 42 Sgt E.T. Smith was one of the oldest airmen to have been KIA on Bomber Command Operations in WW11
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3585

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B2 RF136 - - BQ-B2 Overshoot Pomigliano (Italy), Crashed 06 Oct 1945 - -
E2 NG132 - - BQ-E2 Shot down by intruder (Fw Rudi Morenz from 1V.NJG2),
Humber estuary 18:00 17 Mar 1945.
The last Bomber Command aircraft to be shot down over the UK in WWII
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=4230

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F2 NG133 - - BQ-F2 FTR 14 Oct 1944, Duisburg operation.
One of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See also PD319.
Pilot thrown clear, remainder of crew KIA
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=10577

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F NG221 - - BQ-F SOC 26 Oct 1945 - -
F2 PA268 - - BQ-F2 SOC 03 Sept 1946 - -
G2 LM228 - - BQ-G2 SOC 23 Mar 1946 - -
K2 NG135 - - - SOC 10 Dec 1945 - -
L2 PB707 - - BQ-L2 SOC 21 May 1947
ORB has this as PD707 (L2).
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M2 NG243 - - Mike Squared SOC 23 Nov 1945 /original-site-archive/lib/image030.jpg

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F2 NG138 - - BQ-F2 This aircraft also appears as "F2" in a number of the ORB records
This record needs to be compared and resolved wrt NG133
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TOTAL Flight records: 12


U Flight

Aircraft Details Associated Aircrew
Id Service Number Name No. of Ops BQ-Code Other Information Web Links Name
C ND425 - - BQ-C FTR 30/31 Mar 1944, Nuremburg.
One of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation (see also LM425).
Shot down by night-fighter, exploded over Unterspiesheim, 11 km SSE of Schweinfurt
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3583

/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/ND425/SgtWilfredBarratt/index.php

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X ND972 - - BQ-X SOC 21/05/1947 - -
- DV189 - - BQ-T2 FTR 1/2 Jan 1944, Berlin.
Crew: 2 KIA, remainder POW
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=6634

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- DV192 - - - To 100 Sqdn FTR Friedrichshafen 28 Apr 1944 - -
- DV306 - - BQ-E FTR 14/15 Jan 1944, Brunswick.
Crew: 6 KIA, 1 PoW.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=10783

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- DV343 - - BQ-X2 FTR 23/24 Dec 1943, Berlin.
Lost without trace. Crew all KIA. All commemorated on the Runnymede memorial
Sgt Scott (18) amongst the youngest airmen to be killed on Bomber Command operations.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3540

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R DV345 - - BQ-R Berlin operation. Caught fire in air 2 Jan 1944, crashed Spalding, Lincolnshire.
One of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. Crew all killed.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3541

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- ED536 - - - To 1LFS, 1667CU, SOC 07 May 1947 - -
- ED562 - - BQ-G We dood it. Abandoned (Needham Market, Suffolk) 18 Jul 1944, Revigny.
One of three 550 Sqdn lancasters lost on this operation
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3542

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- ED716 - - - To 166, 1667CU, SOC 02 Jun 1947 - -
- ED730 - - BQ-G2 Mid-air collision with 100 Sqdn Lancaster (ND327) outbound 23/24 Dec 1943.
Crew all KIA
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3543

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- EE193 - - BQ-C FTR 30 Aug 1944, Stettin.
Crashed in the Baltic. Crew all KIA, only one body recovered.
F/Sgt Battersby buried at Reerso Churchyard, in Denmark.
An Association member (Prof. Ole Seberg of Copenhagen University) wrote an article in the Grimsby Telegraph, see link.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3544

/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/EE193/index.php

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H HK796 - - BQ-H Operation Spasm - -
- JA934 - - BQ-H FTR 16 Feb 1944, Berlin.
Crew all KIA.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3550

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- LL838 - - BQ-S Wrecked 22 Jun 1944, Mimoyecques.
Badly damaged by Flak but the crew managed to regain the south coast before baling out in the vicinity of Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
No injuries.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3555

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H2 LM182 - - BQ-H2 SOC 06 Nov 1946 - -
- LM273 - - BQ-O FTR 23 Feb 1945, Pforzheim.
Crew: 3 KIA, 4 PoWs (injured).
One of two No.550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation.
/pages/550-sqdn-photos.php#LM273

http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=2121

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- LM301 - - BQ-V FTR 3 Dec 1943, Berlin.
Crew 6 KIA, 1 PoW. ORB lists this aircraft as NM301
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=10945

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- LM321 - - - To 100 Sqdn FTR Acheres 11 Jun 1944.
With No.550 Sqdn as BQ-X. With No.100 Sqdn as HW-K
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=1573

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- LM379 - - - FTR 27 Nov 1943, Berlin.
Crew 5 KIA, 2 PoW (1 confined in hospital due to injuries).
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=9147

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- LM392 - - BQ-J FTR 15/16 Mar 1944, Stuttgart.
One of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation (see also LL852).
Shot down by a night- fighter.
Crew all KIA
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3567

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T LM455 - - BQ-T FTR 28/29 Jul 1944, Stuttgurt.
Crew all KIA.
One of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation (see also NE164)
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3566

W/Cdr P E G G Connolly

R LM460 - - BQ-R FTR To 1666CU, SOC 17 Jun 1947 - -
- LM461 - 1 BQ-U FTR 20 Feb 1944, Leipzig. Lost on first operation.
Crew 3 KIA, 5 PoW.
German researchers believe aircraft shot down by Oblt. Paul Zorner III./NJG 3 out of Lueneburg as his 3rd claim (out of 4) on this one night, and may have located the wreck (2 km E of Sichau, 12 km W of Gardelegen).
Book due to be published November 2011 (Scherzer Militaer Verlag), Title Aufschlagbrand.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=6190

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- LM727 - - - FTR To 1FU, 70 SOC 03 Jun 1947 - -
- ME476 - - - To 5MU SOC ?? Feb 1946 - -
- ME499 - - - Crashed 18 Dec 1946 - -
E ME519 - - BQ-E SOC 15 May 1947 - -
O ME542 - - BQ-O SOC 15 May 1947 - -
- ME581 - - BQ-D FTR 22/23 Apr 1944, Duesseldorf.
Crew all KIA (Buried in Heverlee War Cemetery).
Force of impact left four metres deep crater, near which now stands a Memorial dedicated to the crew from the local inhabitiants.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3579

/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOPGMilburn/index.php

http://en.tracesofwar.com/article/44455/Monument-Lancaster-ME-581.htm

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- ME582 - - BQ-E FTR 25/26 Feb 1944, Ausburg.
Crew all KIA (buried in Liesse Communal Cemetery).
One of two 550 Sqnd Lancasters lost on this operation.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3581

Sgt C Tattersall

- ME583 - - - To 1LFS, 1656CU, Scrapped 08 Aug 1946 - -
X ME687 - - BQ-X To 576, FTR 23 May 1944 Dortmund - -
C2 ME776 - - BQ-C2 SOC 04 Oct 1945 - -
V ME840 - - BQ-V FTR 16/17 Jun 1944, Sterkrade.
Crew 6 KIA, 1 (F/O Roy Kay) evaded capture.
F/Lt Tizard was the Squadron Gunnery Leader.
One of three 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3582

/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderGSSmith/index.php

http://www.aircrewremembered.com/raf1944/5/smithgavin.html

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- 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.]
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=210

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- ND531 - - BQ-A2 To 630 Sqdn, FTR 21/22 Jun 1944 Wesseling.
630 Sqdn crew all KIA.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=9270

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J ND733 - - BQ-J To 9 Sqdn, then 463.
Shot up by night-fighter, abandoned over Juvincourt 16/17 Apr 1945.
630 Sqdn crew baled out and survived.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3318

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- NE164 - 1 BQ-O FTR 28/29 July 1944.
Lost on first operation with 550 Sqdn en-route to Stuttgart.
Crew: 2 KIA, 1 captured and murdered by civilians 31 Jul 1944, 3 PoW.
F/O William Dinney RCAF evaded capture - file 6/646/2311 in National Archive.
One of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation (see also LM455.)
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=11110

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- NF998 - - BQ-D Wrecked. Ops 23/24 Feb 1945 to Pforzheim.
Hit by weapons from another aircraft.
Read account of the final flight of this aircraft (link to original site)
/original-site-archive/histmemoirspforzheim.htm

http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=2771

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D2 NG120 - - BQ-D2 SOC 21 Nov 1945 - -
J2 NG134 - - BQ-J2 SOC 23 Nov 1945 - -
- NG165 - - - To 166 Sqdn - -
- NG192 - 1 BQ-L FTR 19/20 Oct 1944, Stuttgart.
Lost on first operation.
Crew all KIA.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3562

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G NG246 - - BQ-G SOC 23 Nov 1945 - -
M NG250 - - BQ-M To 100 Sqdn, SOC 08 Mar 1946 - -
J NG251 - - BQ-J FTR 06/07 Dec 1944, Leuna.
Crew all KIA.
Crashed after being crippled by flak 12 km W from the centre of Leipzig.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3591

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Q NG287 - 1 BQ-Q FTR 15/16 Mar 1945, Misburg.
Crew: 5 KIA, 2 injured.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=4885

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- NG289 - - - SOC 23 Nov 1945 - -
- NG290 - - - To 166 Sqdn, FTR 08 Jan 1945, Munich http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=2976

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- NG363 - 1 BQ-P FTR 07/08 Jan 1945, Munich.
Crew: 6 KIA, 1 PoW (inj)
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=5493

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J NG390 - - BQ-J To 100 Sqdn, SOC 16 Mar 1946 - -
- NG391 - - - To 166 Sqdn, FTR 02 Feb 1945, Ludwigshafen http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=10388

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- PA288 - - - SOC 13 Mar 1948 - -
- PA991 - 2 BQ-E FTR 28/29 Aug 1944, Wemars Cappel.
Crew: 3 KIA, 4 POW.
The three airmen killed are buried in Bollezeele Communal Cemetery.
The Pas de Calais area was liberated by Allied troops a few days later and thus the three 550 aircrew lost were the last fatal casualties in the Bomber Command campaign against the V-1 flying bomb.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3023

http://www.raf.mod.uk/bombercommand/aug44.html

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- PB532 - - BQ-N To 100 Sqdn, TFU, TCDU Scrapped 03 July 1951 - -
- PB562 - 1 BQ-M FTR 6 Nov 1944, Gelsenkirchen.
Crew all KIA.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3602

F/Sgt F L J Colbourn

N PB843 - - BQ-N To 1660CU, SOC 28 Mar 1946 - -
Y PB864 - - BQ-Y To 1660CU, Crashed St Claire Eglise 31 May 1945 - -
- PD221 - - BQ-R Wrecked 3/4 Feb 1945, Bottrop.
Crew all KIA.
At 18, Sgt Taerum was amongst the youngest airmen killed on Bomber Command operations.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3598

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P PD313 - - BQ-P SOC 26 Oct 1945 - -
- PD319 - - BQ-G FTR 14 Oct 1944, Duisburg.
One of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See also NG133.
Crew all KIA.
All buried in Holland at Venray War Cemetery
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=3603

/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOHDodds/SgtAlbertLaidlaw/index.php

F/O L O Browning

- PD320 - - BQ-H FTR 24 Mar 1945, Dortmund.
Crew all KIA.
All buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=2632

F/L J B Barnes

P/O W E McDonald

K PD321 - - BQ-K SOC 22 May 1947 - -
L PD382 - - BQ-L SOC 23 Nov 1945 - -
- RA547 - - - SOC 03 Sept 1947.
RA547 sustained 7 hits by 20mm calibre ammo following fighter attack (TBC) on Nuernburg raid of 16/17 Mar 1945.
Landed at Manston with the R/AG seriously wounded.
On original listing had RA547, operations log is blurred but RA547 appears correct.
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N RF135 - - BQ-N SOC 19 Feb 1946 - F/L Walters

F/O J W G Parker

F/Sgt Taylor

F/Sgt Evans

F/Sgt Smith

F/Sgt H E G Campbell

F/Sgt Allison

Q RF214 - - BQ-Q Scrapped 12 Apr 1951 - -
H RF237 - - BQ-H Scrapped 07 May 1947 - -
- EE107 - - BQ-O FTR 21/22 Jan 1944, Magdeburg.
Crew 6 KIA, 1 PoW.
Crash site located in Bernburg by researcher in contact with the web-site.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=4215

/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/EE107/index.php

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- ME428 - - BQ-O FTR 7/8 Mar 1945, Dessau.
Crew 3 KIA, 4 PoW.
All of this crew had been involved in a serious incident while on the raid to Pforzheim on 23/24 February 1945.
One of three 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See also ME503, PA995.
Book published 1 December 2011 (Scherzer Militaer Verlag) presents evidence that this aircraft was the 121st, and last 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.
This is one of two 550 aircraft believed downed by this night-figher pilot (see also DV309).

The ORB lists this aircraft as ME248. The is assumed to be a typo in the ORB (for the following reasons). According to the ORB LM273 "O" was lost with the F/O Grundy crew Pforzheim (23 Feb 1945); the replacement "O" arrived sometime shortly after this. The first appearance of a new "O" appears to be 2 March, as ME248 "O". This aircraft only carries out 3 raids, being lost on the third (7/8 Mar 1945, Dessau). The investigations documentation from 1947-1949 (RCAF Archives, Ottawa), all record ME428. Aside from this the ORB has *many* errors so it seems entirely possible ME248 is another typo, and ME428 is the correct number.
See F/O R D Harris crew web-page for details, including the RCAF Archive investigations on the loss of this crew.
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=11054

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinz-Wolfgang_Schnaufer

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D PA325 - - BQ-D - - -

TOTAL Flight records: 72

Summary

GRAND TOTAL Records in database (sum of all Flights): 135

The details were last updated: 18 June 2017

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