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

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: Italy/Dodge (29 Sep 1945 - 29 Sep 1945)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Italy/Dodge 29 Sep 1945 29 Sep 1945 N This was a black day for the Squadron. F/O Matthews returning from Bari on operation "Dodge" No. 58 was airbourne at approximately 09.25hrs. A signal to this effect was received shortly afterwards. Since that time no communications of any kind, nor any discovery as to the whereabouts of the aircraft has been made known. F/O Matthews had a crew of six and also carried 20 Army personnel as passengers. This Squadron has been accident free for many months and it is a curious twist of fate that this wonderfull record should have been terminated by an accident of such a serious nature. Crews who returned safely from this operation completed 220 hours of flying.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
PD343 FTR Missing in transit (Italy - UK). Crew WCAD on being reporting missing 29/9/45. Crew of six and 20 army personnel as passengers.

[Ed: complete list of army service personnel (name, rank, service number) now available (thanks to IBCC record).]
P/O R R Matthews (P)
F/Sgt R Henderson (P/F/Eng)
F/Sgt A O Chapman (Nav)
F/Sgt D A Isley (A/B)
F/Sgt D Gosling (W/Op)
Sgt J H Peckham (MU/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 1
MAX Aircraft deployed
in single operation
(Italy/Dodge, 29 Sep 1945)

These details were last updated: 16 September 2020


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