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.
|Last Name||Decorations||Service||Service No.||Role||Flight||Other Information||Links||FTR?||Date||Service Number|
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|Freeman||RAF||1806695||R/AG||-||Posted to 550 Sqdn from RAF Station, Elsham Wolds w.e.f 19.3.44
Posted to No. 300 Sqdn on 12.6.44 for the formation of an English Flight on a Polish Sqdn
[Ed. The 550 ORB states transfer to 330 Sqdn, but http://www.raf.mod.uk/history/bombercmdsquadrons.cfm does NOT list a 330 Sqdn as a Bomber Command squadron (only 300, 301, 304 and 305 listed as Polish Sqdns). There was a 330 Sqdn in Coastal Command. So it appears that the 550 ORB has an error in this listing of the transfer out posting. Further, relatives of Bill Freeman have confirmed from his records that he was posted to 300 Sqdn, and a page from the 300 Sqdn ORB confirms the influx of ex-550 Sqdn aircrew on that date.]
Bill Freeman died 21st July 2016 at the age of 93.
The details were last updated: 11 December 2019