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: Bordeaux (12 Aug 1944 - 12 Aug 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Bordeaux 12 Aug 1944 12 Aug 1944 N Six aircraft were required for an attack on oil storage tanks at BORDEAUX and all took off on their long trip in almost perfect weather and the target area was clearly seen. Accurate flak was encountered over the target and "A" (F/O Purvis) was hit before bombing, rendering two engines unserviceable and the controls to the third would not function. Owing to this loss of power the aircraft fell out of control from 10,000 ft to 1,500 ft, when F/O Purvis regained control. On the return journey the bombs were manually released and the Flight Engineer (Sgt Leary) who was wounded gave valuable assistance to his Captain, who was nursing the aircraft back on one and a half engines. A crash landing was made at Bolt Mead and due to the unserviceable flaps and brakes the aircraft overshot coming to rest against a thick stone wall. Photographs show that the target "has had it".

[Ed: F/O Purvis received an immediate Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions.]
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Hit by flak over target and lost height to 1500 ft due to two engines put out of action. Crash landed at Bolt Mead. F/Engineer and Wireless Operator wounded. 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)
ED905 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 15.12 1/2hrs. Shrapnel hole in cockpit windscreen. F/L D A Shaw (P)
Sgt C A Bruce (F/Eng)
Sgt R W Harris (Nav)
Sgt S Gartland (A/B)
A L Llanwarne (W/Op)
Sgt A Buckingham (MU/AG)
Sgt E J Griffiths (R/AG)
LL811 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 15.13hrs
PD221 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 15.13hrs
ME776 Returned Primary 10,500 ft at 15.10hrs. Damaged slightly by H/H F/Lt R Thomas (P)
Sgt S F Beardmore (F/Eng)
Sgt V R Farmer (Nav)
F/Sgt A C H Stack (A/B)
Sgt E J Wilkins (W/Op)
Sgt J J Curtis (MU/AG)
Sgt C R Cronk (R/AG)
LM182 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 15.13hrs

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 6
MAX Aircraft deployed
in single operation
(Bordeaux, 12 Aug 1944)

These details were last updated: 20 June 2024


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