Squadron Personnel: Summary Information

Overview

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
F/O K F
(Kenneth Frederick)
Sidwell DFC RAF 179585 P - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No.11 Base w.e.f. 28.9.44
First live op as 2nd pilot to F/Lt Rose, LL811, 11 Oct 1944
Posted from 550 Sqdn to No.1651 CU w.e.f from 25/03/45.
Later: KIA, 30/10/1945 - but not on the 550 RoH (indeed the squadron was disbanding at the time of his death).
Commemorated Runnymede, Panel 267
Lancaster NN813, crashed 30-Oct-1945 on a training sortie with 1653 HCU. Crew: F/O K.F. Sidwell DFC +; P/O J.C. Prince +; Sgt. G.A. Boddy +; F/O W.S. Lees +; Sgt. J.O.E. Ogden +; Sgt. R.T. Trebble +; Sgt. P. Cumberworth +
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOKFSidwell/index.php
http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37187/supplements/3782/page.pdf
http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37093/supplements/2661/page.pdf
http://www.lancaster-archive.com/lanc_uknowncrashsites.pdf
- - LL811
ME776
NF931
NG243

The details were last updated: 26 November 2018