Squadron Operations: Summary Information

Overview

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: Duisburg (21 May 1944 - 22 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Duisburg 21 May 1944 22 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft and crews offered for operations and all were accepted and briefed to attach targets in DUISBURG, the steel and coal centre of the Ruhr and Rhine, which has not had the attention of Bomber Command for about twelve months. The weather over the target was cloudy and called for blind bombing by a method which has already paid good dividends in "Happy Valley". Photographs as was to be expected yielded no joy and cannot profitably be commented upon, all showing thick cloud and in some instances fine tracks. Although there were several sightings of the enemy the general impressions of DUISBURG defences confirms the view that they were less active than a year ago. P/O Dukelow, F/S Hinde and Sgt Essex with their crews failed to return to Base.

[Ed: but can only find 17 aircraft listed in the battle-order (after multiple cross-checking)of which 3 FTR.]
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 FTR Missing Sgt K A Essex (P)
Sgt A W McWhirter (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F J W Smith (Nav)
F/Sgt R E Porter (A/B)
Sgt A Symonds (W/Op)
Sgt P L McIver (MU/AG)
Sgt R E Muffett (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.21hrs
EE193 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 01.11hrs. 24 x 30 incd. brought back
LL748 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.12hrs P/O E C Purney (P)
Sgt J L Sheahan (F/Eng)
Sgt T E Flanagan (Nav)
Sgt E J Molnar (A/B)
Sgt T G P Cruickshank (W/Op)
Sgt K H F de Lengerke (R/AG)
Sgt D S Lowe (MU/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.21hrs
LL811 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 01.13hrs F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R Blackburn (MU/AG)
LL810 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.13hrs
ED796 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 01.19hrs P/O K J Newman (P)
Sgt J B Rowlands (F/Eng)
F/O E A F Hall (Nav)
Sgt W J Kemp (A/B)
Sgt P C M King (W/Op)
F/Sgt J C O'Riorden (MU/AG)
Sgt K J McCallum (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.11hrs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
W5005 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 01.10hrs
LL747 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 01.09hrs
LL837 Returned Primary 24000ft at 01.11hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.16hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
DV309 FTR Missing P/O G W Hinde (P)
Sgt T L J Whittick (F/Eng)
Sgt D Hughes (Nav)
F/Sgt C C Sharland (A/B)
Sgt D R M Davies (W/Op)
Sgt E C Beacham (MU/AG)
Sgt W A J Young (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 01.13hrs
LL831 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.09hrs F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL851 FTR Missing P/O P J Dukelow (P)
Sgt D S Bruty (F/Eng)
P/O L R Dunham (Nav)
Sgt L R Towsley (A/B)
Sgt D A W Mayo (W/Op)
P/O H E MacDuff (MU/AG)
Sgt S A Jarvis (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Duisburg (14 Oct 1944 - 14 Oct 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Duisburg 14 Oct 1944 14 Oct 1944 N 25 aircraft and crews were briefed to attack the large steelworks of August Thysson at Duisburg, the world largest inland port. 24 aircraft took off without incident at approx 06.30hrs to make their way through layer cloud which broke before the Rhiner but closed in again over the target and only the crew of "H" (F/O Bond) claim to have bombed the ground markers. "N" (F/S Hopman), "A2" (S/L Gainsford) and "E2" (F/O Stevenson) claim to have bombed their objectives on Navigational aids, the others endeavoured to obey the Master Bombers instruction to bomb any built up area they could see in the vicinity of the target. Several crews reported that the Thyssen works were identified and in flames and one crew reported having observed the demolition of a Rhine bridge. At least one good photograph was obtained by C2" (F/O John) showing a carpet of bomb bursts on the Steelworks which has been enlarged and forwarded to the C in C for his inspection.
F/O Abrams and F/O Dodds and their crews failed to return from this daylight raid in which approximately 1000 heavy aircraft with fighter cover took part.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
PD319 FTR Missing - no news after take-off. F/O H Dodds (P)
P/O A R Brown (F/Eng)
Sgt A Laidlaw (MU/AG)
Sgt H Lewis (R/AG)
F/Sgt C W Beckingham (W/Op)
F/O D J K White (Nav)
F/O H Black (A/B)
LL811 Returned Abandoned - port outer cut 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 D W Page (W/Op)
F/O J S Tointon (MU/AG)
Sgt G S Spragg (R/AG)
NN715 Returned Primary 17,000ft at 08.46 1/2hrs
PD320 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 08.47 1/2hrs F/O F E Bond (P)
Sgt D C Mortimer (F/Eng)
F/O H A Leight (Nav)
Sgt B Roome-Smith (A/B)
F/Sgt R C Bowling (W/Op)
Sgt H F Sullivan (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Udink (R/AG)
PD321 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 08.50hrs P/O W P F Daniels (P)
Sgt J G Woodhall (F/Eng)
Sgt R G Roberts (Nav)
Sgt R Wright (A/B)
F/Sgt F R Easton (W/Op)
Sgt A E Baker (MU/AG)
Sgt W F Baker (R/AG)
NB345 Returned Primary 19,500ft at 08.49 1/2hrs
NF998 Returned Primary 18,000 at 08.57hrs F/O J Harris (P)
Sgt G H Simpkins (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J W Eppel (Nav)
W/O J C Conway (A/B)
F/Sgt R G Bickford (W/Op)
Sgt W P Waddell (MU/AG)
Sgt B S P Barby (R/AG)
PB514 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 08.55hrs
PB532 Returned Primary 17,000ft at 08.45hrs

[Ed: ORB is very blurred, it looks like it is probably PB532]
P/O R Hopman (P)
F/O C Stocks (A/B)
F/L E S Allen (P)
F/Sgt J K Sharpe (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Ferguson (W/Op)
F/Sgt R E Sloan (MU/AG)
F/Sgt R E McKenzie (R/AG)
Sgt J Kenny (F/Eng)
LM273 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 08.51hrs
PD221 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 08.45hrs F/O G W Bell (P)
Sgt R J McElroy (F/Eng)
F/O D C R Hills (Nav)
F/O B H Lowen (A/B)
Sgt J F Noonan (W/Op)
Sgt D E Hookham (MU/AG)
Sgt R West (R/AG)
PD255 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 08.48 1/2hrs F/L D J Foster (P)
Sgt F P Newcombe (F/Eng)
Sgt S Pick (Nav)
F/O H A G Gadd (A/B)
Sgt P R Kingman (W/Op)
Sgt J Leonard (MU/AG)
Sgt W Smith (A/G)
LL831 Returned Primary 17,000ft at 08.47hrs
LL748 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 08.50hrs
ED905 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 08.48hrs
ME301 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 08.08hrs F/O D W Summons (P)
Sgt C C Jerman (F/Eng)
F/L G S Nankivell (Nav)
F/O A Benger (A/B)
F/Sgt J W Arnold (W/Op)
W/O J J Boland (MU/AG)
Sgt J F O'Halloran (R/AG)
LM182 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 08.48hrs F/O G S Devereau (P)
Sgt S H Ward (F/Eng)
Sgt C W Cross (Nav)
Sgt C A P Noble (A/B)
F/Sgt W Horlor (W/Op)
Sgt G E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J R McNamara (R/AG)
NF931 Returned Primary 17,000ft at 08.45hrs
NG120 Returned Primary 19,500ft at 08.50 1/2hrs
NG135 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 08.49hrs
ME776 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 08.50hrs F/O J E L John (P)
Sgt D E Scuffell (F/Eng)
Sgt C F L Blancher (Nav)
F/O J Meek (A/B)
Sgt R Lee (W/Op)
Sgt C A McDonald (MU/AG)
Sgt A J Fitzgerald (R/AG)
NF932 Returned Primary at 19,000ft at 08.51hrs P/O W J Shaw (P)
Sgt J Crawford (F/Eng)
Sgt C Eardley (Nav)
Sgt H H Tregonning (A/B)
Sgt R F Jones (W/Op)
Sgt R Murphy (MU/AG)
Sgt J O'Leary (R/AG)
NG132 Returned Primary at 18,500ft at 08.46hrs
NG133 FTR Missing - no news after take off. F/O A Abrams (P)
Sgt K W Nettleton (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J W Brown (Nav)
F/Sgt R F Veness (A/B)
Sgt P L Brooker (W/Op)
Sgt A P Soper (MU/AG)
F/Sgt K R Salton (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Duisburg (14 Oct 1944 - 15 Oct 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Duisburg 14 Oct 1944 15 Oct 1944 N There was no respite for the Squadron for a further 25 aircraft and crews were required, provided and briefed to attack once again Duisburg the scene of their early morning visit. All our aircraft returned safely from this operation.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
NN715 Returned Primary at 19,500ft at 01.29 1/2hrs
EE139 Returned Abortive.
LL748 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.31hrs
NF998 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.32hrs F/O J Harris (P)
Sgt G H Simpkins (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J W Eppel (Nav)
W/O J C Conway (A/B)
F/Sgt R G Bickford (W/Op)
Sgt W P Waddell (MU/AG)
Sgt B S P Barby (R/AG)
PB514 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 01.29hrs
PD320 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 01.30 1/2hrs F/O F E Bond (P)
Sgt D C Mortimer (F/Eng)
F/O H A Leight (Nav)
Sgt B Roome-Smith (A/B)
F/Sgt R C Bowling (W/Op)
Sgt H F Sullivan (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Udink (R/AG)
PD321 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.30hrs
PB562 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.20 1/2hrs
PB532 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.27 1/2hrs
ED905 Returned Abortive
PD313 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 01.30hrs F/L D J Foster (P)
Sgt F P Newcombe (F/Eng)
Sgt S Pick (Nav)
F/O H A G Gadd (A/B)
Sgt P R Kingman (W/Op)
Sgt J Leonard (MU/AG)
Sgt W Smith (A/G)
PD221 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.31hrs F/O G W Bell (P)
Sgt R J McElroy (F/Eng)
F/O D C R Hills (Nav)
F/O B H Lowen (A/B)
Sgt J F Noonan (W/Op)
Sgt D E Hookham (MU/AG)
Sgt R West (R/AG)
PA995 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.34 1/2hrs F/L E S Allen (P)
F/Sgt E T Smith (F/Eng)
F/Sgt A B Dennison (Nav)
F/Sgt G A Maginley (A/B)
F/Sgt R W Lundie (W/Op)
Sgt R G Crump (MU/AG)
F/O J E Murray-Shirreff (R/AG)
ME301 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.32hrs F/O D W Summons (P)
Sgt C C Jerman (F/Eng)
F/L G S Nankivell (Nav)
F/O A Benger (A/B)
F/Sgt J W Arnold (W/Op)
W/O J J Boland (MU/AG)
Sgt J F O'Halloran (R/AG)
ND972 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.32hrs
NF931 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 01.29hrs
NF932 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.31hrs P/O W J Shaw (P)
Sgt J Crawford (F/Eng)
Sgt C Eardley (Nav)
Sgt H H Tregonning (A/B)
Sgt R F Jones (W/Op)
Sgt R Murphy (MU/AG)
Sgt J O'Leary (R/AG)
ME776 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.32hrs F/O J E L John (P)
Sgt D E Scuffell (F/Eng)
Sgt C F L Blancher (Nav)
F/O J Meek (A/B)
Sgt R Lee (W/Op)
Sgt C A McDonald (MU/AG)
Sgt A J Fitzgerald (R/AG)
NG120 Returned Primary 20300ft at 01.28 1/2hrs
NG132 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 01.32 1/2hrs
LM228 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 01.32hrs
LM182 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 01.33 1/2hrs F/O G S Devereau (P)
Sgt S H Ward (F/Eng)
Sgt C W Cross (Nav)
Sgt C A P Noble (A/B)
F/Sgt W Horlor (W/Op)
Sgt G E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J R McNamara (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Duisburg (21 Feb 1945 - 21 Feb 1945)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Duisburg 21 Feb 1945 21 Feb 1945 N [Ed: Target not listed in ORB. Duisburg assumed.] 24 aircraft and crews were detailed and all took off, including "B" (F/L Sarll) whose first independant trip was made with the rear turret u/s. The operations had an unhappy end in the failure of "A" (W/C Bell with the F/L Luger and his crew) to return to base. Everyone will be sorry to lose W/C Bell whose cheerful, forceful personality has been an inspiration to all members of the Squadron and Killingholme generally. It is feared that this layer cloud over the target marred the accuracy of the attack. Marking was punctual, but reports such undershooting, there were, however, large fires and several explosions around the aimers points. Flak at the target was only slight to moderate, fighters on the other hand were much in evidence, "A" F/O Smith the only aircraft to report a combat can claim a suspected ME262 as probably damaged. Owing to the thin cloud none of the photographs succeeded in showing ground details. Congratuations to F/L Harris and crew on the completion of a voluntarily extended tour, without an abortive.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
NG390 Returned Primary at 20,000ft at 23.08 1/2hrs
RA503 Returned Primary at 16,000ft at 23.15hrs
NG134 Returned Primary at 17,000ft at 23.11hrs
PD321 Returned Primary at 19,000ft at 23.08 1/2hrs
NG336 Returned Primary at 15000ft at 23.09 1/2hrs
LM182 Returned Primary at 18,000ft at 23.20hrs
NN715 FTR Missing - no news after take-off.

[Squadron CO W/Cdr Bell pilot]
W/Cdr B Bell (P)
F/L D E A Luger (P)
Sgt R L Gibbs (F/Eng)
F/O S R Angill (A/B)
Sgt R Gray (W/Op)
Sgt G Hancock (Nav)
Sgt F G Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt D B Boyce (RAG)
ME301 Returned Primary at 16,000ft at 23.10hrs P/O K A Smith (P)
Sgt C Symington (F/Eng)
Sgt G Duce (Nav)
Sgt S Martin (A/B)
Sgt R E G Williams (W/Op)
Sgt C J Marshall (MU/AG)
Sgt H F Longworth (R/AG)
PA995 Returned Primary at 18,000ft at 23.12hrs F/O G E Blackler (P)
Sgt W R Ross (F/Eng)
F/Sgt H P Nichols (Nav)
F/Sgt J W Bold (A/B)
F/Sgt E Mozley (W/Op)
Sgt J Nicholson (MU/AG)
Sgt M McCutcheon (R/AG)
LM273 Returned Primary at 20,000ft at 23.14 1/2hrs F/O R D Harris (P)
Sgt K J B Smith (F/Eng)
F/Sgt D J Yemen (Nav)
F/O G J Nicol (A/B)
Sgt G P Kelleher (W/Op)
Sgt M T Ditson (MU/AG)
Sgt D J Hicks (R/AG)
PB864 Returned Primary at 19,000ft at 23.17hrs
PD313 Returned Primary at 18,000ft at 23.11 1/2hrs F/L C M Irving (P)
F/Sgt G D Vine (F/Eng)
F/SO J S White (Nav)
F/O G A Heather (A/B)
P/O H C C Bontoft (W/Op)
Sgt J H O'Leary (MU/AG)
Sgt W N Chew (R/AG)
ND972 Returned Primary at 20,000ft at 23.15hrs
PB843 Returned Primary at 18,000ft at 23.09hrs
RF135 Returned Primary at 16,000ft at 23.11hrs
NF931 Returned Primary at 18,000ft at 23.11hrs F/L N A Burrows (P)
Sgt R C Smith (F/Eng)
Sgt A Wilson (Nav)
Sgt R F J Gorman (W/Op)
Sgt L B Towson (MU/AG)
Sgt A J Miles (R/AG)
F/O R B Watling (A/B)
NG135 Returned Primary at 19,000ft at 23.10 1/2hrs
ME776 Returned Primary at 18,000ft at 23.19hrs F/O G E Mearns (P)
F/Sgt R E Martin-Smith (R/AG)
Sgt F Norris (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W G Kelly (Nav)
Sgt J F McKeen (A/B)
Sgt D O'Neil (W/Op)
Sgt J Chamboly (MU/AG)
NG120 Returned Primary at 17500ft at 23.15hrs
NG289 Returned Primary at 17,000ft at 23.06hrs
NG243 Returned Primary at 18,000ft at 23.12hrs F/O K F Sidwell (P)
Sgt J Allen (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J W Hewitt (Nav)
Sgt J L Banks (A/B)
F/Sgt J F Chapman (W/Op)
Sgt F W Woodley (MU/AG)
Sgt D C Whitmarsh (R/AG)
PD320 Returned Primary at 20,000ft at 23.15hrs F/O G G H Cowper (P)
Sgt R H Whitehead (F/Eng)
F/O R M Mills (Nav)
F/Sgt C H Baldwin (A/B)
F/Sgt S E Willis (W/Op)
Sgt S E Morrison (MU/AG)
Sgt H R Graham (R/AG)
NG287 Returned Primary at 18,000ft at 23.19hrs
LM228 Returned Primary at 15500ft at 23.13hrs F/O C G K Edlund (P)
Sgt S Lipfriend (F/Eng)
F/O W F Dawson (Nav)
Sgt P H Barber (A/B)
W/O J M Gorton (W/Op)
Sgt H J Cleghorne (MU/AG)
Sgt J Carruthers (R/AG)

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 87
MAX Aircraft deployed
in single operation
24
(Duisburg, 14 Oct 1944)

These details were last updated: 13 May 2017


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