550 Squadron RAF

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

550 Squadron Formation

No. 550 Squadron RAF 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


Reunion, North Killingholme, 2014

550 Squadron Reunions over the years
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Remembrance Sunday, North Killingholme, November 2015

Remembrance Sunday 2015
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North Killingholme

North Killingholme

St Denys' Church, North Killingholme
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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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C Flight

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

Politz Raid 08/02/45

Log Books
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Pforzheim Raid 23/02/45

Log Books
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Special Order Of The Day, V E Day

Log Books
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The Phantom of the Ruhr - 2007 Unveiling


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


Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster
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"The Crew who Started D-Day"
F/O K Bowen-Bravery CdG DFC and Crew
BQ-J, Bad Penny II
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CdG Citation
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Bomber Command Memorial

Bomber Command Wings
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Arrived Green Park: May 2012 Unveiled: June 2012

Unveiling of Bomber Command Memorial
Poppy Salute

Lancaster Fly-past

28th June 2012

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


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

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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.

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 2016 Saturday 25th June
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The men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present, deserve our remembrance and appreciation.

The 2016 National Event will be held in Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire on Saturday 25 June.
There will be major displays of military equipment, a parade through the resort, a full military display, family fun and music, with fireworks ending the day. To get involved, visit the Armed Forces Day National Event web-page.
The excitement isn't just confined to Cleethorpes 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


A mounted copy of an original Phantom of The Ruhr print has been given to the 550 Museum (see photo).


Many thanks to Tom McDonald for not only saving the find, but delivering it to the 550 Museum in North Killingholme.

The print had been discarded in the Liverpool area and its origin had been traced to the 550 website by its finder, Tom McDonald. There have been three other photographs stuck on the print but they have disappeared.
The photo at the top centre looks as though it was taken at a Reunion as it shows the BBMF Lancaster over the Memorial in North Killingholme.
The other picture of a Lancaster does not show any lettering on the fuselage (a stock image; photo by Charles E Brown of a new Lancaster on a test flight from the Castle Bromwich factory. Info Tony Morley)
Finally the bombing photograph is dated 20/7/44 and was taken at Wizernes (flying-bomb site attacked by Bomber Command) from the aircraft flown by F/O Wareham.
The F/O Wareham crew were airborne in ME776 but, if you follow the links for this crew you'll find there are no photos of the crew and little other information about them.

If you can help shed any light on this mounted print and photo montage and perhaps how it came to be in a skip in Liverpool then do please contact the web-site.


"... just had a meeting with Nicky Barr (Director of IBCC) who is organising numerous event this year involving veterans. She would like to know of any veterans who would be willing to be interviewed on radio and TV, also any veterans who would like to attend IBCC events (see events on the IBCC website), visits, and joint BBMF/IBCC gatherings.
Transport may be arranged for any who have difficulty getting to events.
If you have any veterans who would like to attend please let me have their details.
Many thanks for your help and support.
Peter Jones IBCC Archive"
The web-site is: http://internationalbombercommandcentre.com/
which has contact details or you can contact the Director, Nicky Barr at: nicky@internationalbcc.co.uk
Correspondence Address:
International Bomber Command Centre,
13 Cherry Holt Road, Bourne, Lincs. PE10 9LA


A commemoration is planned on 6th June 2015 in Achiet le Petit, France, for the crew of 550 Squadron Lancaster LL836 (pilot F/LtR W Picton).

Some time back (November 2004 to be precise) a Ray Readon sent in the following to the original web-site :
"The navigator in Lancaster "E for Easy" was named Ken and used to go out with one of my Mum's friends who evacuated to Lincolnshire with us. From the gate of our house in Ulceby, we used to watch the "kites" overhead as they went out on their "ops". One night my Dad came up to my bedroom and told me that Uncle Ken's plane had not returned and to say a prayer for him. I never knew his full name, but from your website's Aircraft Database and Roll of Honour, Lancaster LL836 of A Flight with ID "E" could possibly have been his plane and there was one man with the first initial K (Sgt. K.P.C. Williams 10/11 April 1944) on that plane who could possibly have been him."
Unfortunately no email address information from that original version is available.

The organisers of the commemoration in France wish to get in contact with Ray. Does anyone know contact details for Ray? If so, please contact the web-site (contact link at the foot of the page).


Does anyone from the squadron still remember Archibald Menzies Gardner?
He is still going strong at the age of 89 and would like to hear from you. You can contact him through his grandson Richard Cooling. Drop an email to the web-site and it will be forwarded on.
Sgt Gardner was the MU/AG with the F/Sgt Jim Vance crew.


Do you have any information about crew members of the F/O D F Neilson crew who FTR 16/17 June 1944 on ops to Sterkrade in LM134.
Eight crew were lost (2nd pilot was flying) and two of the regular crew members were replaced by stand-ins on that op.
The aircraft came down in the area of Veenendaal in Holland. There are plans afoot for a memorial at the crash site. The search is on for relatives of crew who may wish to be present at any unveiling (ca. June 2015, details not yet confirmed).


Do you have any information about Sgt Anthony 'Tony' Finnigan (F/Eng) or Sgt Reg Stevens (R/AG) of the P/O S W Nielson crew (who FTR Dessau, 7/8 Mar 1945 in ME503. Finnigan and Stevens returned to the Squadron in April 1945, having been held as PoWs.
This request has been made by former Sgt Gwilym Evans the regular crew MU/AG who was not on ops that night.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Kent and Sussex Courier: Tunbridge Wells wing commander's 37 raids dodging the flak
Item on the Christmas Eve 1944 raid on Cologne with Jack Harris




Grimsby Telegraph: Propeller found in sea could have come from Killingholme Lancaster.
May be from a Lancaster which crashed off the coast of Donna Nook in 1944


BBC Lincolnshire: Bomber Command memorial spire installed in Lincoln. A 98ft (30m) high metal spire has been erected at the site of a memorial for World War Two aircrews.


BBC Lincolnshire: Dutch bulb mosaic marks Operation Manna campaign.
A floral mosaic showing a Lancaster bomber dropping food supplies in Nazi-occupied Holland has been unveiled at Lincoln Cathedral.








BBC: Bomber Boys Time Capsule
see second photo - ignore the typo in the caption, that is a 550 Squadron photo (already on this web-site)


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