Senior Officers: Summary Details

Overview

There follows below lists of the senior officers who served in commanding roles with 550 Squadron. The information used to build this page was taken in the first instance from the lists provided on the original Squadron Association web-site, but has been augmented by new and additional information gathered since that time.

The column headers should be fairly self-explanatory. The final column (Web links) contains, where given, links to other items on this web-site or indeed to external sources where further information or photographs, etc can be found.

Definitions of the abbreviations used are available: here.


Station Commander

Rank Initials
(First Name)
Last Name Decorations Service Flight Applicable Dates
(and other information)
Web Links
G/C R V
(Richard)
McIntyre DFC* RAF - Station Commander
Attached to Station on 9th Dec. 1943 as Station Commander
Flew pilot with F/O Waite (2nd pilot) crew (LL826,30 April 44)
Flew pilot with F/O Manley (2nd pilot) crew (PD221,3 Aug 1944)
Flew pilot with F/Sgt Hopman (2nd pilot) crew (DV200,8 Aug 1944)
Flew pilot with P/O R P Franklyn (2nd pilot) crew (PD221, 25 Oct 1944)
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FlLtWaite/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtRHopman/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FORPFranklyn/index.php

TOTAL: 1


Commanding Officer

Rank Initials
(First Name)
Last Name Decorations Service Flight Applicable Dates
(and other information)
Web Links
W/Cdr J J
(James Johnson)
Bennett DFC RAF - Commanding Officer: 25 Nov 43 - 17 May 44.
First Commanding Officer of 550 Squadron.
Selected to attend the Senior Commander's Course at R.A.F. College, Cranwell, commencing 17th May 1944.
Added Bar to DFC after leaving 550 Sqdn.
/pages/550-sqdn-memorial-stone.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderGDGraham/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOJORichard/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FlLtRWPicton/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FlLtAJGrain/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/POVJBouchard/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtDCBarton/index.php
W/Cdr P E G G
(Patrick Edward Geoffrey G)
Connolly RAF - Commanding Officer: 18 May 44 - 15 Jul 44 (Missing)
Posted from Hemswell on 14.5.44 to Command Squadron
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderBJRedmond/index.php
W/Cdr A F M
(Alan Francis Moir)
Sisley DFC RAF - Commanding Officer: 16 Jul 44 - 31 Aug 44 (Missing)
Australian from Sydney, joined the RAF in the mid-thirties
Posted to 550 Sqdn from 11 Base H.Q. on 15.7.44
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/POPCSiddall/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FORPurvis/index.php
W/Cdr B
(Bryan)
Bell RAF - Commanding Officer: 18 Sep 44 - 22 Feb 45 (Missing).
Moved to No.1 Group Aircrew pool w.e.f. 21/12/43
Then posted back to 550 Sqdn as CO on the loss of W/Cdr Sisley
First President of Northumbria Branch of the Aircrew Association.
Died 1985
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/WingCmdrBryanBell/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FlLtDEALuger/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FODWSummons/index.php
http://www.teunispats.net/macr-12109.htm
W/Cdr J C
McWatters DFC RAF - Commanding Officer: 25 Feb 45 - 02 Oct 45
Class A release w.e.f 03.10.45
/original-site-archive/histmemoirsb17seacrash.htm
W/Cdr G F
Rodney AFC
DFC
RAF - Commanding Officer: 03 Oct 45 - 31 Oct 45
Posted to 550 Sqdn from 153 Sqdn w.e.f. 3.10.1945
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TOTAL: 6


Flight Commander A Flight

Rank Initials
(First Name)
Last Name Decorations Service Flight Applicable Dates
(and other information)
Web Links
S/L B
(Bryan)
Bell RAF A Flight Commander A Flight: 25 Nov 43 - 24 Dec 43.
Later W/Cmdr and Commanding Officer 550 Sqdn: see details under W/Cmdr Bell, Commanding Officer. Transferred to Sqdn from No. Group Aircrew Pool w.e.f. 24/12/43.
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/WingCmdrBryanBell/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FlLtDEALuger/index.php
http://www.teunispats.net/macr-12109.htm
S/L R S
(Robert)
Alexander RAF A Flight Commander A Flight: 25 Dec 43 - 18 Jan 44
Posted to 550 Sqdn from 1667 Con. Unit. w.e.f. 31/12/43
DFC gazetted 13/10/44
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderRSAlexander/index.php
S/L P A
(Peter)
Nicholas DFC RAF A Flight Commander A Flight: 19 Jan 44 - 19 Jul 44.

Posted to 550 Sqdn from 1662 Con. Unit w.e.f 12/01/44.
Posted to 83 O.T.U. on 19.7.44

Post-war (1993) became the 2nd President of the Squadron Association
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderPANicholas/index.php
/php-library/mysql-utils/reports/rpt_squadron_newsletters.php#Issue4
/php-library/mysql-utils/reports/rpt_squadron_newsletters.php#Issue5
S/L K
MacAleavey DFC RAF A Flight Commander A Flight: 20 Jul 44 - 28 Aug 44 (Missing)
Interned in Camp L1 PoW No.5294
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOSCBeeson/index.php#SLdrMacAleavey
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderGDGraham/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/WOTALloyd/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOAAbrams/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/WOGWBrook/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FlLtAJGrain/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOEVSage/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtDCBarton/index.php
S/L T D
Misselbrook RAF A Posted from 300 Sqdn w.e.f. 2.9.44
Flight Commander A Flight: 02 Sep 44 - Nov 44
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S/L R M
(Roland Macrae)
Newitt DFC* RCAF A Flight Commander A Flight: 07 Nov 44 - 23 Apr 45. Posted from 1662 CU w.e.f 3/11/44 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FlLtMNewitt/index.php
http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37277/supplements/4705
/pages/bomber-command-books.php#FlyingIntoHell

TOTAL: 6


Flight Commander B Flight

Rank Initials
(First Name)
Last Name Decorations Service Flight Applicable Dates
(and other information)
Web Links
S/L G D
(Gordon Donald)
Graham AFC
DFC
RAAF B Flight Commander B Flight: 25 Nov 43 - 27 May 44 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderGDGraham/index.php
/original-site-archive/lib/image050.jpg
S/L G S
(Gavin Strang)
Smith DFC RAF B Flight Commander B Flight: 29 May 44 - 16 Jun 44 (Missing)
Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 LFS Hemswell on 27.5.44
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderGSSmith/index.php
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/raf1944/5/smithgavin.html
S/L B J
Redmond DFC* RAF B Flight Commander B Flight: Jul 44 - 03 Jan 45
Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 LFS Hemswell on 7.6.44. Posted in a F/Lt Redmond
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderBJRedmond/index.php
S/L E L
(Edgar Lewis)
Pickles DFC* RAAF B Flight Commander B Flight: 04 Jan 45- May 45
Posted from No. 1656 Con Unit w.e.f. 4.12.44
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderEdgarPickles/index.php
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?ServiceID=R&VeteranID=1060238
http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37324/supplements/5235

TOTAL: 4


Flight Commander C Flight

Rank Initials
(First Name)
Last Name Decorations Service Flight Applicable Dates
(and other information)
Web Links
S/L A P
Gainsford DFC RNZAF C Flight Commander C Flight: 09 Sep 44 - 07 Nov 44 -
S/L W F
(William Fleming)
Caldow AFC
DFM
DSO
RAF C Flight Commander C Flight: 08 Nov 44 - 20 Mar 45
Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. L.F.S. w.e.f. 13.11.44
Completed tour on 16.03.45
Posted to No. 13 Base w.e.f. 20.3.45
Station ORB: Posted to 1651 Conversion Unit w.e.f. 13.4.45
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderWFCaldow/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/EE139-ThePhantomOfTheRuhr/FlLtJCassidy/index.php
/pages/bomber-command-books.php#TonUpLancs
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/36480/supplement/1838/data.pdf
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37324/supplement/5235/data.pdf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tH8OVAICjQ
S/L J C
(Peter)
Sarll DFC RAF C Flight Commander C Flight: 21 Mar 45 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderJCSarll/index.php

TOTAL: 3


Senior Navigation Officer

Rank Initials
(First Name)
Last Name Decorations Service Flight Applicable Dates
(and other information)
Web Links
F/L K
MacAleavey DFC RAF - Senior Navigation Officer: 25 Nov 43 - 19 Jul 44
Then Flight Commander A Flight (see separate record)
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOLWHussey/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOLNBCann/index.php
F/L L H
(Laurence Henry)
Avery RAF - Senior Navigation Officer: 30 Jul 44
Posted to 550 Sqdon from 1656 Con. Unit. on 30.7.44
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TOTAL: 2


Senior Bombing Officer

Rank Initials
(First Name)
Last Name Decorations Service Flight Applicable Dates
(and other information)
Web Links
F/L A D
(Alexander Donovan)
McConnell DFC RNZAF - Senior Bombing Officer: 25 Nov 43 - 16 Jun 44 (Missing) /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/POWJBibby/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FODFNeilson/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOEVSage/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/PONSRogers/index.php
http://www.flickr.com/photos/550squadron/3008785975/
F/L E N
Fisher RAF - Senior Bombing Officer: 20 Jun 44 - 10 Jul 44
Posted to 550 Sqdn from 1667 CU on 20.6.44 for Squadron Bombing Leader Post
Posted to 1656 Con Unit on 12.7.44
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F/L G W
Peek RAF - Senior Bombing Officer: 11 Jul 44
Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 L.F.S. on 11.7.44
-

TOTAL: 3


Senior Signals Officer

Rank Initials
(First Name)
Last Name Decorations Service Flight Applicable Dates
(and other information)
Web Links
F/L A R
Tippett RAF - Senior Signals Officer: 20 Dec 43 - 5 Jul 44
Re-posted to 550 Sqdn to fill Establishment Post and granted the rank of Acting Flight Lieutenant w.e.f. 20/12/43
-
F/L K
Davidson RAF - Senior Signals Officer: 06 Jul 44 - 16 Mar 45
Posted to 550 Sqdn from 28 O.T.U. w.e.f. 6.7.44
-

TOTAL: 2


Senior Gunnery Officer

Rank Initials
(First Name)
Last Name Decorations Service Flight Applicable Dates
(and other information)
Web Links
F/L W H
(William Hugh)
Waycott DFM RAF - Senior Gunnery Officer: 25 Nov 43 - 10 Apr 44 (Missing)
Re-posted to 550 Sqdn to fill Establishment Post and granted the rank of Acting Flight Lieutenant w.e.f. 20/12/43
(prior to posting, F/O Waycott)
Had previously served with 101 Sqdn and details of his award were Gazetted 13 Jul 43.
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FlLtRWPicton/index.php
/pages/550-sqdn-achiet-le-petit-commemoration-2015.php
http://www.francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=1093
http://www.ww1cemeteries.com/ww2_cemeteries/achiet_lp_cc.htm
F/L H
Storry RAF - Senior Gunnery Officer: 18 Apr 44 - 9 Jun 44
[Station ORB: Senior Gunnery Officer to replace F/Lt Waycott Missing in action 9/10 April
Squadron ORB: Gun "G". Posted to 576 Squadron on 9.6.44
Squadron 576 ORB confirms in-posting date from 550Sqdn]
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F/L D H
Murphy RAF - Senior Gunnery Officer: 09 Jun 44 - 8 Jul 44
Posted to 550 Sqdn from 1481 B & G Flight on 9.6.44 for Gunnery Leader Post
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F/L K W L
(Kenneth William Lipscombe)
Fuller DFC RAF - Senior Gunnery Officer: 09 Jul 44 - 14 Jul 44 (Killed)
Posted to 550 Sqdon from 12 Sqdn on 9.7.44
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderBJRedmond/index.php
F/L D H
(Donald Marshall)
Clark DFC RAF - Senior Gunnery Officer: 20 Jul 44 - Oct 45
Posted to 550 Sqdn from 300 Sqdn on 20.7.44
DFC awarded 23/3/45
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/36135/supplement/3685
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/36997/supplement/1597

TOTAL: 5


Senior Flight Engineer

Rank Initials
(First Name)
Last Name Decorations Service Flight Applicable Dates
(and other information)
Web Links
F/L P J
(Philip James)
Cornwall DFM RAAF - Senior Flight Engineer: Dec 43 - 28 May 44
Posted to 550 Sqdn from 1667 Con.Unit w.e.f. 16/12/43 to fill the Establishment Post of Flight Engineer Leader and granted rank of acting F/Lt.

NB: gov.au veterans web-site lists service number as 14850, rather than the 41850 in the Sqdn ORB, and is thus assumed the correct number. See gov.au links for details.
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?ServiceID=R&VeteranID=1044202
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/POVJBouchard/index.php
F/L C J
(Charles James)
Adair RAF - Senior Flight Engineer: 09 Jun 44 - 13 Dec 1944
Posted from Sandtoft on 28.5.44 for duties as Squadron Flight Engineer Leader
Posted to 550 Sqdn from 1667 CU on 6.6.44 for Flight Engineer Leader Post
[Ed: two separate entries in the ORB with differing dates]
NCO service number 526603, DFM gazetted 21/1/44 for a tour with 101 Sqn.
Posted from 550 Sqdn to No. 1662 Con. Unit w.e.f. 13.12.44
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TOTAL: 2


Squadron Adjutant

Rank Initials
(First Name)
Last Name Decorations Service Flight Applicable Dates
(and other information)
Web Links
P/O R E
(Robert Edwin)
Barnes RAF - Senior Adjutant: 25 Nov 43 - 13 Dec 43 -
F/L A K
(Adalbert Kenneth)
Bellows RAF - Senior Adjutant: 14 Dec 43 - Jan 44
Posted to 550 Sqdn from 144 Sqdn w.e.f. 14/12/43
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F/L C W
Waitt MM RAF - Squadron Adjutant: Jan 44 - 26 May 45

One of the small band of RAF officers to hold the Military Medal.
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F/L -
Holtam RAF - Squadron Adjutant: 26 May 45 - Oct 45 -

TOTAL: 4


Summary

GRAND TOTAL Senior Officers: 38


The details were last updated: 18 June 2017


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