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

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: Fort Frederick Hendrick (11 Oct 1944 - 12 Oct 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Fort Frederick Hendrick 11 Oct 1944 12 Oct 1944 N 27 aircraft and crews were offered for operations but only 18 were accepted. These were briefed and took off ay 14.30hrs without incident to attack military targets at FORT FREDERICK HENDRICK, where the Hun is making a stand despite the fact that he is entirely encircled by the Allied Army. An ultimatium to surrender within 24hrs to prevent unnecessary bloodshed was handed to the Garrison Commander, but no reply having been received this was the cause of the operation, which was to blast the Hun from his own doorstep. It was rather disappointing to the boys that only 18 aircraft were called for as all the Squadron wanted to participate. In addition to the operational sorties a useful training programme was laid on consisting of "Y" cross country, figther affiliation, air to air and air to sea firing exercises and bombing practice.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned Primary at 4000ft at 16.50 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)
PB514 Returned Primary at 10,000ft at 16.40hrs F/L G T Pyke (P)
Sgt H D Iddles-White (F/Eng)
Sgt D Hellings (Nav)
Sgt D Peters (A/B)
Sgt L Adams (W/Op)
Sgt D S Eldred (MU/AG)
Sgt A T Ellement (R/AG)
PD319 Returned Abandoned. 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)
PD320 Returned Primary at 6000ft at 16.51 1/2hrs
LL811 Returned Abandoned. F/L N L Rose (P)
F/O K F Sidwell (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)
PB532 Returned Abandoned. 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)
LM273 Returned Abandoned bomb-sight u/s. F/O L B Cameron (P)
P/O J R Rigby (Nav)
Sgt D Eldridge (F/Eng)
Sgt G A Sutherland (A/B)
F/Sgt J W White (W/Op)
Sgt F P Popple (MU/AG)
Sgt J F Piertney (R/AG)
PB513 Returned Primary at 6000ft at 16.54hrs..
LL748 Returned Abandoned.
PA995 Returned Primary at 8500ft at 16.56hrs 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)
ND972 Returned Abandoned.
ME776 Returned Abandoned. Sgt P J Sculley (R/AG)
F/Sgt T Fairclough (W/Op)
NG132 Returned Primary at 4500ft at 16.56hrs
NG138 Returned Abandoned.
LM228 Returned Abandoned.
NG134 Returned Primary at 4000ft at 16.56hrs F/L R P Stone (P)
F/Sgt C W Sawyers (Nav)
Sgt G E White (F/Eng)
F/Sgt E W Halliday (A/B)
Sgt D E Norgrove (W/Op)
Sgt L G B Wartnaby (MU/AG)
F/Sgt F Wright (R/AG)
NG135 Returned Primary at 4500ft at 16.56 1/2hrs
LL831 Returned Abandoned.

Operation/Target: Fort Frederick Hendrick (12 Oct 1944 - 12 Oct 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Fort Frederick Hendrick 12 Oct 1944 12 Oct 1944 N 28 aircraft and crews were offered for operations but only 12, 11 plus one reserve and one crew detailed to act as the Base reserve aircraft. The crews were briefed to carry out yet another attack on FORT FREDERICK HENDRICK, which despite yesterdays attack was still holding out. All our eleven aircraft returned safely to base.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL748 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 08.16hrs
ME776 Returned Primary 9000ft at 08.21hrs Sgt P J Sculley (R/AG)
F/Sgt T Fairclough (W/Op)
LM228 Returned Primary 9000ft at 08.19hrs
LL811 Returned Primary 6000ft at 08.22 1/2hrs 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)
NG138 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 08.17hrs
NN715 Returned Primary 9000ft at 08.19hrs
PB532 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 08.18 1/2hrs 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)
PD321 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 08.20hrs 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)
EE139 Returned Primary 9800ft at 08.17 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)
LL831 Returned Primary 9000ft at 08.19 1/2hrs
PD319 Returned Primary 9500ft at 08.15hrs F/O J J W Dawson (P)
Sgt E W C Edmunds (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F W Willmer (Nav)
Sgt J M Palmer (W/Op)
Sgt J Earnshaw (MU/AG)
F/Sgt W H Harkness (R/AG)
F/Sgt R H Whitticar (A/B)

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 29
MAX Aircraft deployed
in single operation
18
(Fort Frederick Hendrick, 11 Oct 1944)

These details were last updated: 26 November 2018


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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