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: Training (04 Oct 1944 - 04 Oct 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Training 04 Oct 1944 04 Oct 1944 Y The Squadron was stood down from operations and a flying training was laid on and carried out, consisting of bombing practice, fighter affiliation, air to air firing, practice landing at Carnaby emergency landing ground, night fighter affiliations "Y" training night cross country and bombing exercies. P/O Hayter and crew crashed near Leeming, North Yorkshire at approximately 23.17hrs whilst on training cross country exercise and with the exception of the pilot all the crew were killed instantly.
Station Summary
The Squadron was this morning stood down "for today and tonight". Again this order held until the day ended.
The Gas and Fire Officer from 13 Base today made a routine inspection at this Station.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
NF963 FTR - F/O S H Hayter (P)
Sgt L A Bassman (F/Eng)
F/O T Y Thomas (Nav)
F/O R R Bradshaw (A/B)
Sgt A J Pearce (W/Op)
Sgt J P Sheridan (MU/AG)
Sgt J McVey (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 1
MAX Aircraft deployed
in single operation
(Training, 04 Oct 1944)

These details were last updated: 18 June 2024


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