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
(Vernon John ("Bud"))
Bouchard DFC RCAF R.51217 P - Posted to 550 Sqdn on squadron start-up from 100 Sqdn "C" Flight (as F/Sgt, later P/O)
Crew flew with F/Sgt Bouchard as 2nd pilot to 550 CO W/Cmdr Bennett LL882, 1 Mar 1944
Pilot Officer Vernon John BOUCHARD (Can/J.85054), No. 550 Squadron DFC Gazetted 2 June 1944 (see links)
Posted to 82 O.T.U on 28.5.44
On transfer in as F/Sgt service number R.51217; on transfer out as P/O service number J.85054
Died 22/12/1944 (CWGC web-site link provided)
- - EE107

The details were last updated: 22 May 2024