Squadron Personnel: Summary Information


Listed below is the information available for this servicemen who served in 550 Squadron.

Serviceman Details: 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.

Aircraft: When a link to a particular aircraft is given, this only indicates aircraft it is known the crewman was associated with (such as when flight logs are available or the aircraft has failed to return from an operation). It does not exclude the fact that the crewman may well have flown on other aircraft too, that is either just not documented in the currently available records or simply not known to the author. The aircraft links will take you to the operations listed for that aircraft.

Note that the vast bulk of the information available about squadron servicemen presented below concerns air-crew; almost no information is available about the men, and women, of the technical and other ground crews who played their part in making the squadron an effective fighting unit. This is a shame, given the key role they played in keeping the aircraft in the air and the men flying them able to do their job. So if you have ground-crew information do please send it in so that it too can be included in the squadron record.

Definitions of the abbreviations used are available: here.

Serviceman Details Aircraft
Rank Initials
(First Name)
Last Name Decorations Service Service No. Role Flight Other Information Links FTR? Date Service Number
Cassidy DFC* RAAF A414901 Nav C Navigator with S/Ldr Willie Caldow.
Flew on the last operational mission of The Phantom of the Ruhr (BQ-B).

Flew 1st tour with 12/626 Sqdn (06/07/43-29/01/44) out of Wickenby (see Jack Currie, Lancaster Target) where he was awarded the DFC, followed by 2nd tour with 550 Sqdn (18/11/44-16/03/45) where he added a Bar to his DFC.
DFC gazetted in the supplement to the London Gazette 20/12/45 (S/L Pickles RAAF in the same edition).
Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. L.F.S. w.e.f. 13.11.44
Completed tour on 16.03.45

Post-war returned to live in Australia and then returned to the UK. Died July 2015 just a couple of months short of his 94th birthday
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The details were last updated: 20 June 2024