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|
(Iverson Frederick ("Bud"))
|Ruppel||RCAF||R149338||Nav||-||From Nelson, Alberta
Cornes and Ruppel were both 100 Squadron personnel, members of F/O Kenneth P Dunckley crew. Dunckley had been taken off flying duties due to suffering delayed concussion following an accident in which Dunckley was struck by a bicyclist returning from the local pub in the blackout in October 1943 (and so the men were presumably available on "loan" to fly with F/Sgt Jefferies.
Ruppel was killed over Berlin on 30 Jan 1943 flying with 100 Sqdn (source John Proctor)
F/Sgt Ruppel has no known burial place and is remembered at the Runneymede Memorial
Mount Ruppel Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, Nelson, Alberta, has been so named in remembrance of W/O Ruppel
The details were last updated: 11 December 2019