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No. 550 Squadron Royal Air Force



   No 550 was formed from C Flight of No 100 Squadron at Grimsby on 25th November 1943. It flew operation with Lancasters over Germany, spending the rest of the war as part of the strategic air offensive against German industry. After German surrender, it dropped food over the Netherlands, and transported released POWs back to Britain. It was disbanded 31st October 1945.

Airfields No. 550 Squadron flew from:
  • RAF Grimsby, Lincolnshire from 25th November 1943 (formed. Lancaster I, Lancaster III)
  • RAF North Killingholme, Lincolnshire from 3rd January 1944.


 

4th Oct 1944 550 Squadron Lancaster lost

31st Jan 1944 550 Squadron Lancaster lost

30th Mar 1944 Aircraft Lost

28th May 1944 550 Squadron Lancaster lost

8th Mar 1945 550 Squadron Lancaster lost

17th Mar 1945 Excerise Cancelled


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Those known to have served with

No. 550 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Bruty Donald Sidney. Sgt. (d.22nd May 1944)
  • Dukelow Peter James. P/O (d.22nd May 1944)
  • Dunham Leslie Ronald. F/O (d.22nd May 1944)
  • George Reginald Owen. F/Lt.
  • Jarvis Sidney A.. Sgt. (d.22nd May 1944)
  • MacDuff H. E.. P/O (d.22nd May 1944)
  • Mayo David Alfred William. Sgt. (d.22nd May 1944)
  • Mitchell Francis John.
  • Peasgood George. W/O (d.21st Jan 1944)
  • Porter Denis. W/O
  • Sisley Alan Francis Moir. Wing Cdr. (d.31st Aug 1944)
  • Towsley Leslie Robert. F/O (d.22nd May 1944)
  • Vine Douglas Gordon.
  • Whittick Thomas Leonard John . Sgt. (d.22nd May 1944)

The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List

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Wing Cdr. Alan Francis Moir Sisley pilot 550 Sqd. (d.31st Aug 1944)

I am researching the Sisley family. It would appear that Alan Francis Moir Sisley was born in 1917 from the records I have managed to find. However I cannot trace a birth in the United Kingdom. Have you any record of where he was born? The CWGC records state he was of UK nationality. His wife was Josephine Mary Sisley, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. I understand he is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery.

John Sisley



W/O Denis Porter 550 Squadron

Hi, I have my uncles (in law!) log books and bombing records while with 550 Sqd 1943-45. He was W/O Denis Porter, from Glasgow, who survived to become a teacher and deputy Headmaster in Glasgow. He flew with P/O Vaughn. Anyone interested in this stuff? I can scan and send pages from logbook. It makes sparse but terrific reading..with 'sticky landings' mentioned.

Ronald McEachen



W/O George Peasgood 550 Sqd. (d.21st Jan 1944)

I have been doing some research and it seems that my second cousin, George Peasgood, was a pilot in 550 Squadron, flying from North Killingholme. He died in January 1944. He is buried in Holland at Venray War Cemetery along with his crewmates
  • F/S W.P.Morris RCAF,
  • F/S S.J.Richards,
  • Sgt S.J.L.Jones,
  • Sgt P.P.Clarkin
. One man, Sgt S.Sykes survived and was taken POW.

John Hibberd



Douglas Gordon Vine 550 Squadron

I was a pilot flight engineer in 582 Squadron, one of the three remaining members of my crew. I also served in 550 Squadron, at North Killingholm. I flew 17 operations in all, was on the Dresden raid, and also remember dropping food to the people of Rotterdam.

I recently returned to Enstone, Oxfordshire, where I had trained, and the owner insisted on letting me fly one of his aircraft, the first time I had done so since 1945.

John Edwards



Francis John "Mitch" Mitchell 103 Sqd.

My father Francis Mitchell flew from Benson in a Hawker Hind (I think) on Sept 2nd 1939. He was then based near Reims. My mother cycled from Abingdon where she lived as she could see the aircraft gathering but was too late to see him go. This was her birthday. Some kind guard told her the plane overhead that waggled its wings at her was her fiancť but when very ill in the year 2000, he told us that it had not been him.

From there at some stage he decided to train as a pilot and travelled out to Canada on the Queen Mary where he enjoyed the flying, canoeing and horse riding. On his return to the UK he joined 550 squadron and served 2 tours. In one of his squadrons Bob Nicholson was part of his crew. He was a quiet rather shy man with an engaging smile and real warmth and kindness. If anyone has any information about his wartime years all his family would love to hear more.

Jill Hudson



F/Lt. Reginald Owen George DFC. 582 Sqd.

Reginald Owen was born on 2nd Nov 1922. He enlisted in the Australian Army in October 1941 and joined the Royal Australian Air Force in October 1942. He flew with 550 & 582 Sqns. He trained as a navigator and was later commissioned. His DFC was awarded in May 1945

David



Sgt. Thomas Leonard John Whittick 550 Squadron (d.22nd May 1944)

My husbandís great uncle, on his mumís side, Sgt Thomas L.J. Whittick, was the flight engineer on the DV309 aircraft, that crashed in Westerlo, Belgium. He took over from the pilot as it came crashing down in a field by a small village, saving the inhabitants of the village (As far as we are aware?)... The Loss of DV309

DV309 was shot down on the outskirts of Westerlo, Belguin, one of three 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on the Duisburg operation on 21/22 May 1944. The crew, all killed on this operation, were:
  • P/O G W Hinde (P)
  • Sgt T L J Whittick (F/Eng)
  • Sgt D Hughes (Nav)
  • F/Sgt C C Sharland (B/A)
  • Sgt D R M Davies (W/Op)
  • Sgt E C Beacham (MU/AG)
  • Sgt W A J Young (R/AG)
On the night of the 21st/22nd of May 1944 Bomber Command sent 510 Lancasters to Duisburg and lost 29. 550 Squdron dispatched 18 aircraft and lost 3, 550 Sqd's worst night. One of the three not to return was D/Sgt G W Hinde and crew flying DV309 BQ-S. They crashed at 01.51 on the outskirts of Westerlo and all crew members were killed. German records show they were shot down my night fight ace Heinz Wolfgang Schnauffer who fished the war with 121 kills, all bombers. The bodies of the navigator and wireless operator were never found - an indication that something catastrophic had occurred. At more or less the same time another Lancaster from 626 Squadron also crashed very close to Westerlo. The Germans quickly cordoned off both sites and removed the wreckage and bodies. It was not firmly established which crash site belonged to which aircraft until 1977 when a piece was found bearing the number of the 626 aircraft. This established that the 500 Sqd Lancaster crashed at Schobbroek and the 626 Squadron aircraft at Herselt. A memorial stone was placed at the location of the crash on 21st of May 1998

My husband is a keen model maker, especially aircraft from the World War 2, he has already made the BBMF model and is trying to locate the serial number of the exact plane he co-piloted in order to find a scaled airfix type model kit as a memoir and tribute to him. I am hoping someone can help with this information or any other information you have regarding SGT T.L.J Whittick.

Update: The Lancaster serial number was DV309, squadron code BQ-S.

Michelle Ward



P/O Peter James Dukelow 550 Sqdn. (d.22nd May 1944)

P/O Dukelow was a member of the crew of Lancaster I LL851 BQV which was shot down south of Antwerp on the Duisburg raid of 21st/22nd May 1944, with all the crew killed. The other members of the crew were:
  • Sgt Sid Jarvis, RAFVR
  • Sgt Donald Bruty, RAFVR
  • F/O Leslie Dunham, RAFVR
  • F/O Leslie Towsley, RCAF
  • Sgt David Mayo, RAFVR
  • P/O H E MacDuff, RCAF

  • Gareth Jarvis



    Sgt. Sidney A. Jarvis 550 Sqdn. (d.22nd May 1944)

    Sgt Jarvis was a member of the crew of Lancaster I LL851 BQV which was shot down south of Antwerp on the Duisburg raid of 21st/22nd May 1944, with all the crew killed. The other members of the crew were:
  • Sgt Donald Bruty, RAFVR
  • F/O Leslie Dunham, RAFVR
  • F/O Leslie Towsley, RCAF
  • Sgt David Mayo, RAFVR
  • P/O H E MacDuff, RCAF
  • P/O Peter Dukelow, RAFVR




  • Sgt. Donald Sidney Bruty 550 Sqdn. (d.22nd May 1944)

    Sgt Bruty was a member of the crew of Lancaster I LL851 BQV which was shot down south of Antwerp on the Duisburg raid of 21st/22nd May 1944, with all the crew killed. The other members of the crew were:
  • Sgt Sid Jarvis, RAFVR
  • F/O Leslie Dunham, RAFVR
  • F/O Leslie Towsley, RCAF
  • Sgt David Mayo, RAFVR
  • P/O H E MacDuff, RCAF
  • P/O Peter Dukelow, RAFVE




  • F/O Leslie Ronald Dunham 550 Sqdn. (d.22nd May 1944)

    F/O Leslie Dunham was a member of the crew of Lancaster I LL851 BQV which was shot down south of Antwerp on the Duisburg raid of 21st/22nd May 1944, with all the crew killed. The other members of the crew were:
  • Sgt Sid Jarvis, RAFVR
  • Sgt Donald Bruty, RAFVR
  • F/O Leslie Towsley, RCAF
  • Sgt David Mayo, RAFVR
  • P/O H E MacDuff, RCAF
  • P/O Dukelow, RAFVR




  • F/O Leslie Robert Towsley 550 Sqdn. (d.22nd May 1944)

    F/O Leslie Towsley was a member of the crew of Lancaster I LL851 BQV which was shot down south of Antwerp on the Duisburg raid of 21st/22nd May 1944, with all the crew killed. The other members of the crew were:
  • Sgt Sid Jarvis, RAFVR
  • Sgt Donald Bruty, RAFVR
  • F/O Leslie Dunham, RAFVR
  • Sgt David Mayo, RAFVR
  • P/O H E MacDuff, RCAF
  • P/O Dukelow, RAFVR




  • Sgt. David Alfred William Mayo 550 Sqdn. (d.22nd May 1944)

    Sgt David Mayo was a member of the crew of Lancaster I LL851 BQV which was shot down south of Antwerp on the Duisburg raid of 21st/22nd May 1944, with all the crew killed. The other members of the crew were:
  • Sgt Sid Jarvis, RAFVR
  • Sgt Donald Bruty, RAFVR
  • F/O Leslie Dunham, RAFVR
  • F/O Leslie Towsley, RCAF
  • P/O H E MacDuff, RCAF
  • P/O Dukelow, RAFVR




  • P/O H. E. MacDuff 550 Sqdn. (d.22nd May 1944)

    P/O Macduff was a member of the crew of Lancaster I LL851 BQV which was shot down south of Antwerp on the Duisburg raid of 21st/22nd May 1944, with all the crew killed. The other members of the crew were:
  • Sgt Sid Jarvis, RAFVR
  • Sgt Donald Bruty, RAFVR
  • F/O Leslie Dunham, RAFVR
  • F/O Leslie Towsley, RCAF
  • Sgt David Mayo, RAFVR
  • P/O Dukelow, RAFVR








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