Squadron Operations: Summary Information

Overview

There follows below a list of the all of the operations flown by 550 Squadron and the aircraft involved on each. 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 information gathered since that time (squadron operations logs, individual aircrew log books, and other sources).

This information is not yet complete: it has been build from the a number of sources (documentary and people) and compilation of complete lists is an ongoing task that is expected to take quite some time to complete. So please don't shout just yet if you spot an omission - work continues to build a more complete, and accurate, list.
Do however shout if you spot an error! Please email any corrections or information to the contact details in the link at the bottom of the page.

Operation Summary: The column headers should be fairly self-explanatory. The term "aborted" as used here covers a number of possibilities:

Aircraft Deployed: When a link to a particular aircraft is given, this indicates aircraft known to have taken part in this raid (in the records currently available to the web-site author). A record of whether the aircraft returned or failed to return (FTR) is also logged.

Servicemen Deployed: Names of the crew in the operation.

Station Summary: This section is the information from the RAF North Killingholme Station Record Book for the operational date (if available).

Definitions of the abbreviations used are available: here.

Manageable Lists

The amount of data in the database is growing and this is resulting in the "all operations/targets" list getting rapidly bigger and thus slower to generate. There are options to display shorter, more quickly generated, reports if you want to home in on something specific. For example, there are options to generate reports on operations to a single target, or by single aircraft (to all targets) or by single aircraft to a single target. There is, on the database-reports summary page, a short user guide (PDF format) on how to do this.


Operation/Target: Dodge/Spasm (07 Oct 1945 - 07 Oct 1945)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Dodge/Spasm 07 Oct 1945 07 Oct 1945 N Three aircraft returned from "Dodge" operation No. 65. A total of 43hrs 23 mins was recorded. Two a/c carried out flying on Span" 2.
News was received by signal of an accident involving aircraft No 136 (Captain of a/c W/O Graham) which occurred shortly after take-off from Pomigliano with 20 passengers on board from UK. Several of the passengers were seriously injured and two subsequently died. The crew of the aircraft escaped with injuries. The a/c was a total wreck.

[Ed: Information from the son of Sgt Bream records that Bream was admitted to Pomigliano hospital with serious injuries on 6th Oct.]

Operation Spasm.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
HK796 Returned Operation Spasm: Base - Tibenham, Tibenham - Berlin (Gatow)

[Ed: Sgt Ashley logbook: Base - Tibenham, Tibenham - Berlin (16 pass).]
F/L D A Shaw (P)
P/O S Walmsley (MU/AG)
F/Sgt E Ashley (W/Op)

Operation/Target: Berlin/Spasm (08 Oct 1945 - 08 Oct 1945)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin/Spasm 08 Oct 1945 08 Oct 1945 N Three crews carried out local flying - times recorded 1 hour 45 minutes.

[Ed. Crew log book: Operation Spasm]
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
HK796 Returned Operation Spasm: Gatow - Tibenham, Tibenham - Base F/L D A Shaw (P)
P/O S Walmsley (MU/AG)
F/Sgt E Ashley (W/Op)

Summary Statistics

Based on the data in the lists displayed above, and keeping in mind that data is still being updated and thus not yet complete, the following statistics are generated:

Aircraft Deployment Statistics


Aircraft deployments 2
MAX Aircraft deployed
in single operation
1
(Dodge/Spasm, 07 Oct 1945)

These details were last updated: 31 July 2019


Note

this list is still being built and will take some time to complete
what is currently displayed is believed accurate but much more is still to be added

This note describes the options currently available to produce a smaller, more manageable list and also describes planned future enhancements to the reporting facility.


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