Squadron Operations: Summary Information


Listed below is the information available for operations to this target flown by 550 Squadron.

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

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Operation/Target: Duigny (10 Aug 1944 - 10 Aug 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Duigny 10 Aug 1944 10 Aug 1944 N Twenty aircraft were offered, accepted and briefed for operations again an oil storage depot at DUIGNY. The target was reached and bombed in clear weather, which was heavily defened by accurate predicted Flak, which scarred several of our aircraft and caused two slight casualties F/O Dubois "H" was hit in the neck by shrapnel and in spite of severe pain and loss of blood safely brought the aircraft back to base. F/S Francis (A/B of "V") also sustained a slight wound in his leg whilst over the target. F/O Shaw "F" when outward bound lost the use of one of his engines and reached the target about 9,000 ft below the bomber stream. He successfully bombed his target and was escorted home by five Spitfires. "F" attracted the attention of numberous Flak batteries but reached base safely. Photographs were once again of excellent quality.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Primary 16,000 ft at 12.02 hrs F/O R Purvis (P)
Sgt S Leary (F/Eng)
F/Sgt C Stoddard (Nav)
F/Sgt K R S Scholefield (A/B)
Sgt L W Guthrie (W/Op)
Sgt J Wright (MU/AG)
Sgt V S B Scoble (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 16,000 ft at 12.00 1/2 hrs. Bomb aimer slightly wounded in leg over target. Several flak holes in fuselage and bombbays F/O J C Hutcheson (P)
Sgt S Wright (F/Eng)
Sgt D F Smith (Nav)
F/Sgt J K Francis (A/B)
W/O W Y Smith (W/Op)
Sgt E C Hodgson (MU/AG)
Sgt A F Tosh (R/AG)
EE193 Returned Primary 16,000 ft at 12.0 1/2 hrs P/O N D Holdsworth (P)
Sgt H Mimmack (F/Eng)
Sgt V Kirby (Nav)
Sgt C S Venables (A/B)
Sgt J A C Steer (W/Op)
Sgt W Johnston (MU/AG)
W/O H Granger (R/AG)
LL748 Returned Primary 15000 ft at 12.05 1/2 hrs
PA991 Returned Primary 16,000 ft at 12.00 hrs
ME905 Returned Primary 7,500 ft at 12.00 hrs. Starbound inner out on way out over enemy terrirory.
LM228 Returned Primary 15,500 ft at 12.01 hrs F/L J C Lord (P)
Sgt K W C Down (F/Eng)
F/Sgt R Sebaski (Nav)
Sgt A A A Vass (A/B)
P/O J Elliott (W/Op)
Sgt A J Schomberg (MU/AG)
Sgt P J Sculley (R/AG)
LM182 Returned Primary 16,900 ft at 12.00 hrs. Aircraft damaged by H/F. Pilot wounded in neck by flak over T/A, but brought aircraft safely back to Base. F/O W F Cox (A/B)
F/O M L Dubois (P)
Sgt H Tulip (F/Eng)
F/O J C Young (Nav)
Sgt H Wood (W/Op)
Sgt R Eves (MU/AG)
Sgt L R R Haynes (R/AG)
LL811 Returned Primary 15,000 ft at 12.06 hrs P/O J R Rigby (Nav)
F/L R P Stone (P)
Sgt G E White (F/Eng)
F/Sgt E W Holliday (A/B)
Sgt D E Norgrove (W/Op)
Sgt L G B Wartnaby (MU/AG)
F/Sgt F Wright (R/AG)
PA995 Returned Primary 16,000 ft at 12.01 hrs
DV200 Returned Primary 15,000 ft at 12.03 hrs

[Ed: F/O Caswell (F/Lt Rose crew) recorded in his log book 39 flak holes in their aircraft, and starboard inner feathered.]
F/L N L Rose (P)
Sgt K L Willis (F/Eng)
F/O R C Foote (Nav)
F/O E G Caswell (A/B)
Sgt G W Page (W/Op)
F/O J S Tointon (MU/AG)
Sgt G S Spragg (R/AG)
W5005 Returned Primary 15,000 ft at 12.05 hrs

[Ed: Sgt R Finlay listed as flying F/Eng, and also in ME583! Cannot be in both!]
F/O W D Robertson (A/B)
F/O V A Thygessen (P)
Sgt R Finlay (F/Eng)
F/O E C Packham (Nav)
Sgt A Pavlovitch (W/Op)
Sgt A E Howting (MU/AG)
F/O H B Parker (R/AG)
LM273 Returned Primary 16,000 ft at 12.02 hrs F/O J J W Dawson (P)
Sgt E W C Edmunds (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F W Willmer (Nav)
F/Sgt K P Brady (A/B)
Sgt J M Palmer (W/Op)
Sgt J Earnshaw (MU/AG)
F/Sgt W H Harkness (R/AG)
ME583 Returned Primary 15,000 ft at 12.06 hrs

[Ed: Sgt R Finlay listed as flying F/Eng, and also in W5005! Cannot be in both!]
F/O H G Manley (P)
Sgt D R Hughes (F/Eng)
F/O R G George (Nav)
F/Sgt R Hill (A/B)
F/O G T Brown (W/Op)
Sgt G B Ward (MU/AG)
P/O J K McDonald (R/AG)
ME776 Returned Primary 16,300 ft at 12.00 hrs
PD221 Returned Primary 16,000 ft at 12.00 1/2 hrs
PD255 Returned Primary 15,800 ft at 12.02 hrs P/O H S Vaughan (P)
Sgt R W Metcalfe (F/Eng)
P/O L C Davies (Nav)
F/Sgt D Porter (A/B)
Sgt T Elliott (W/Op)
Sgt W J Watson (MU/AG)
Sgt L D Purser (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 15,000 ft at 12.05 hrs P/O R Hopman (P)
Sgt A R Gow (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J K Sharpe (Nav)
F/Sgt G R Martin (A/B)
F/Sgt F G Ferguson (W/Op)
F/Sgt R E Sloan (MU/AG)
F/Sgt R E McKenzie (R/AG)
PD208 Returned Primary 16,000 ft at 12.01 1/2 hrs Sgt G H Town (P)
Sgt G Hope (F/Eng)
F/Sgt D J T Slimming (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Windsor (A/B)
F/Sgt P D Probert (W/Op)
P/O E C Ball (MU/AG)
F/Sgt J Teasdale (R/AG)
ND972 Returned Primary 15,500 ft at 12.00 1/2 hrs

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 20
MAX Aircraft deployed
in single operation
(Duigny, 10 Aug 1944)

These details were last updated: 16 September 2020


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