Squadron Personnel: Summary Information

Overview

There follows below lists of the officers and men who served in 550 Squadron. The information used to build this page was taken in the first instance from the lists provided on the original Squadron Association web-site, but have been augmented by new and additional information gathered since that time.

This information is not yet complete: it has been build from the Roll of Honour, Decorations and Senior Officer lists, and then by working through other available records. So please don't shout just yet if you spot an omission - work continues to build a more complete, and accurate, list.
Do however shout if you spot an error! Please email any corrections or information to the contact details in the link at the bottom of the page.

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/L J
(James)
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
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/EE139-ThePhantomOfTheRuhr/FlLtJCassidy/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderWFCaldow/index.php
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?ServiceID=R&VeteranID=1042948
/pages/bomber-command-books.php#TonUpLancs
/pages/bomber-command-books.php#LancasterTarget
/pages/bomber-command-books.php#FromANewAngle
http://www.626-squadron.co.uk/crews6.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tH8OVAICjQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfj0OnSb53A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7b_w5EX04E
- - EE139
ME390
NG221
NG251
NG336
NN715
F/Sgt E J
(Edward John)
Coffey RAAF A.11044 Nav - From No.75 Base w.e.f. 7.5.45
Posted to RAF Station, Gamston w.e.f. 25.6.45
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/POELFleming/index.php
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?ServiceID=R&VeteranID=862791
- - -
Sgt T M
(Thomas Matthew)
Crannitch RAAF A.429518 Nav - - /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FlLtLDale/index.php
- - NG132
NG250
F/Sgt B D
(Benedict Daniel)
Cunningham RAAF A.436747 Nav - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No.75 Base w.e.f. 6.5.45
Posted to R.A.F. Station, Gamston w.e.f. 25.6.1945
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtButler/index.php
- - -
F/Sgt E M
England RAAF A.412418 Nav - Posted (as P/O) to 27 O.T.U. on 14.5.44 (on completion of first tour) - - - DV176
ED942
P/O E M
England DFC RAAF Nav - (P) - - - ED942
F/Sgt J W
(John)
Eppel RAAF A.433156 Nav - Posted from 550 Sqdn to A.C.A.C w.e.f. 26.2.45

Received Legion d'honneur from French Government; was presented with the same in November 2015 on board a French Frigate in Australia.
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOJHarris/index.php
- - ED905
LL748
LL811
NF998
NG251
PB532
PD320
F/Sgt
Fetterpluce RAAF A.35007 Nav - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No.73 Base w.e.f. 18.5.45 - - - -
F/O R G
George RAAF A.424853 Nav - Joined 550 Sqdn in Jul 44, posted to a Pathfinders Sqdn Sept 44 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOHGManley/index.php
/original-site-archive/lib/image020.jpg
- - ND972
PD221
F/Sgt R R
Longmire RAAF A.437141 Nav - (P) /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderJCSarll/index.php
- - ME542
NG243
F/Sgt N H
(Neville)
Lund RAAF A.435235 Nav - Posted to 550 Sqdn from 71 Base w.e.f. 27.2.45
Posted to 460 Sqdn w.e.f 13.6.45
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/POAGElliott/index.php
- - ME548
NF931
NG246
PA288
RF135
RF214
F/Sgt F W L
Mann RAAF A.432317 Nav - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 L.F.S. wef. 31.8.44 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOGHMarkes/index.php
- - NG132
NG153
NG435
F/Sgt
McLeod RAAF A.431941 Nav - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No.75 Base w.e.f. 6.5.45 - - - -
F/Sgt P J
(Paul James)
Mellor RAAF A.442526 Nav - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No.75 Base w.e.f. 6.5.45
Posted from 550 Sqdn to RAF Station Gamston w.e.f. 26.6.1945
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtCRRScott/index.php
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?ServiceId=R&VeteranId=1032672
- - -
P/O R J
Moran DFC RAAF A.434584 Nav - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 L.F.S. w.e.f. 13.08.44 (with Dodds crew)
First listed as F/Sgt, then P/O later F/O
Posted to 550 Sqdn from N/E sick w.e.f 17.11.44
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOHDodds/index.php
- - ED905
EE139
EE193
ME503
ND972
PA991
PB532
PD313
PD319
PD320
F/L G S
Nankivell RAAF A.416982 Nav - - /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FODWSummons/index.php
- - LL831
ME301
NG133
NG287
PD313
RF135
F/Sgt L W
(Leo Wilkin)
Pfitzner RAAF A.437950 Nav - Posted from 71 Base w.e.f. 6.2.45 http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?ServiceID=R&VeteranID=1028933
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOJLukies/index.php
- - LM228
ME301
NG120
F/Sgt R H
(Reginald Henry)
Pinnington RAAF A.432417 Nav - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No.75 Base w.e.f. 6.5.45 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtVRLJohnson/index.php
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?ServiceId=R&&VeteranID=1024963
- - -
F/Sgt
Sarson RAAF A.4355529 Nav - Posted to 550 Sqdn from RAF Bottesford w.e.f 13/04/45 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtJADexter/index.php
- - -
F/Sgt A W
Scott RAAF A435000 Nav - Posted to 550 Sqdn from 71 Base w.e.f 07/04/45
Posted to R.A.F Station Gamston, w.e.f 25.6.1945
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtJFThomas/index.php
- - NG250
PD313
RF135
F/Sgt J K
Sharpe RAAF A.437167 Nav - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 LFS on 16.7.44
26 Aug 1944 W5005 (Nan), ditched in Humber - no injuries
Posted from 550 Sqdn to A.C.A.C Brackla, w.e.f 11-1-45
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtRHopman/index.php
/original-site-archive/lib/image014.jpg
Surv. 26 Aug 1944 DV200
LL831
PB532
W5005
F/Sgt
Taylor RAAF A.435614 Nav - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No.71 Base w.e.f. 18.5.45 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FlLtWalters/index.php
- - -
F/O J C
Thorp RAAF A.428826 Nav - Posted to 550 Sqdn from 13 Base w.e.f 4.32.45 on ceasing to be N/E sick /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOThompson/index.php
- - NG120
PD320
F/Sgt B M
(Bruce Milton)
Trowbridge RAAF 433793 Nav - Posted to 550 Sqdn from 71 Base w.e.f. 17.2.45 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/POSWNielson/index.php
KIA 7/8 Mar. 1945 ME390
ME503
F/Sgt E H
Waller RAAF A.427607 Nav - - /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtKFWilson/index.php
- - ME428
PD382
F/Sgt W R
Williams RAAF A.437894 Nav - - - - ED905
NF931

The details were last updated: 24 October 2017


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