RAF 550 Squadron

Avro Lancaster B Mk 3

Per ignem vincimus - Through fire we conquer

"The fighters are our salvation but the bombers alone provide the means of victory"
Winston Churchill 
September 1940


RAF 550 Squadron Formation

RAF 550 Squadron was formed at Waltham, near Grimsby, in November 1943, as a Lancaster heavy-bomber squadron in No. 1 Group and began operations that same month. Early in the New Year it moved to North Killingholme - also near Grimsby - and from there continued to play its part in the bomber offensive until late April 1945, when it switched to dropping food to the starving Dutch people.




Roll of Honour


"Remember The Many"



Squadron History

Squadron Crest

550 Squadron Crest
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Brief history of 550 Squadron

Squadron Memorials

Stained Glass
550 Squadron Memorial Window

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The stained glass window dedicated to 550 Squadron in
St Denys' Church, North Killingholme.

Squadron Association

Squadron Crest

550 Squadron Crest
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550 Squadron and North Killingholme Association

Reunions

Reunion, North Killingholme, 2011

550 Squadron Reunions over the years
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North Killingholme

North Killingholme

St Denys' Church, North Killingholme
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Remembrance Weekends

Remembrance Sunday, North Killingholme, November 2013

Remembrance Sunday 2013
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Museum and Newsletter

Squadron Museum and Newsletter

550 Squadron Museum and Newsletter
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St Denys' Church

St Denys' Church

St Denys' Church, North Killingholme
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Service Men and Operations

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550 Squadron Information
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Detailed reports on 550 Squadron airmen, operations, etc

Log Books

Log Books

Lancaster air-crew log books and service histories
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Photos

C Flight

Photos of RAF 550 Squadron 1944-1945
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Photos continue to arrive and appear online here

The Phantom of the Ruhr - 2007 Unveiling

BBMF

Unveiling of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster in April 2007
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The Phantom of the Ruhr - Photos

BBMF

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster
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Bomber Command Memorial

Bomber Command Wings
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Arrived Green Park: May 2012

Unveiled: June 2012

PLUS: photos July 2013

Bomber Command Clasp

Bomber Command Wings
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Recently announced by the UK Government for those who flew at least one operational mission over Germany and France

PLUS: Bomber Command Clasp Presentations by Prime Minister Cameron: 550 Squadron represented

Avro Lancaster C-GVRA

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Avro Lancaster C-GVRA at the
Canada Remembers Air Show, August 2009
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Avro Lancaster FM212

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Located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Books and Magazines

Ton-up Lancs

Books
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Searching for Information?

Information Search

RAF Squadrons and Bomber Command information
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There is a large amount of information about RAF Bomber Command
available on the Web

550 Squadron: FTR

Squadron Museum and Newsletter

550 Squadron Lancasters (that failed to return)
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request for information

Thirty Missions by Roger Kirby

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Thirty Missions by Roger Kirby
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Roger Kirby's tribute, to his father (a nav with 550) and to RAF Bomber Command
More information can be found at http://www.30missions.com/.
This Daily Telegraph review from 2008 describes some of the background to the paintings.

28th June 2012
Unveiling of Bomber Command Memorial

Lancaster Fly-past
Royal British Legion

Royal British Legion

Royal British Legion
Shoulder to shoulder with all who serve
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Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day 2013 Saturday 29th June
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The men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present, deserve our remembrance and appreciation.

The 2013 Armed Forces Day national event is being held in Nottingham. The guns will fire from Nottingham Castle at precisely 10.47am and will kick start a spectacular tri-Service parade from the castle to the Old Market Squarei, followed by a full day of celebrations.
The excitement isn't just confined to Nottingham though, as hundreds of events are being planned around the country to mark Armed Forces Day

Why not be a part of it?

Help for Heroes

Help For Heroes

A charity for the wounded in Britain's current conflicts.
It is all about the men and women of the Armed Forces.
Practical, direct support for our wounded.
See how you can help.
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Requests For Information

17/06/2012

Can you assist relatives of Joseph Teasdale locate his log books and DFM (sold to a collector in NE England some years ago)? They would love the chance to scan the pages. W/O Teasdale was the R/AG with the Sgt Town crew.
Can you put names to faces in this photo of Leading Aircraftman Phillip Lewis taken at NK in front of The Phantom of the Ruhr.

27/05/2012

Do you have any information about the F/Lt F S Steele crew?
John Steele, son of Frank (Stainless) Steele would appreciate any information such as the operations this crew undertook, etc.

13/05/2012

Can you help put names to faces in the F/O Joe Hutcheson crew?
The son of F/Eng Stan Wright would like to hear from you.

12/01/2012

A television production company in Canada is trying to get in touch with Pilots and Flight Engineer who would be willing to share their knowledge and experience and to give first hand accounts of what it was like to fly a Lancaster and how one became a Pilot or Flight Engineer.
If you are interested this link gives contact information and details.

26/12/2011

Do you have any information about the F/Lt Ronald Scholfield crew? The wife of F/Eng John Timms would like to hear from you.

15/11/2011

Do you have any information about the F/O A C Bothe crew?
Christian Wood, grandson of rear gunner Fred Knight would like to hear from you.

22/10/2011

Do you know Brian Chapman?
This is a request for contact details for Mr Chapman who was enquiring after F/Sgt Miell RCAF of the F/O Clarke crew lost when NG363 crashed in Bavaria in January 1945.
In The Media

16/05/2013

07/04/2013

10/02/2013

02/01/2013

The BBC: Two pensioners from Lincolnshire restore a WWII Lancaster bomber

21/07/2012

The Telegraph (picture gallery): Bomber Command memorial: The RAF bombers of the Second World War
Association Contacts

550 Squadron Association contact names/numbers are available here
Web-site information

Web-site information, including the technical details associated with setting up this web-site, contact information and reference sites hosted on the same server(s) is available from the site details link