550 Squadron Photos
F/Lt Steele DFC and Crew
F/Lt Frank ("Stainless") Steele DFC and crew completed a full operational tour with 550 Squadron.
The usual crew, all posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 LFS 3rd June 1944, was:
- F/L F S Steele DFC RCAF (P)
- Sgt A W E Walters (F/Eng)
- F/O R G Fink DFC RCAF (Nav)
- Sgt B Railton-Jones (A/B)
- Sgt W G Merills (W/Op)
- Sgt W G Roberts RCAF (MU/AG)
- Sgt R Smith RCAF (R/AG)
However, there were other crewmen that flew some ops with this pilot:
The crew completed their tour and left the squadron in October 1944.
Thanks to Rod Walters (son of Sgt Walters) for making available the following photographs from his father's records.
|F/Lt Steele with Lancaster and crew (Kitty's Reply)
Back row, 3rd from left Sgt Walters (without any headgear)
|Just off to Bomb Stettin, NW Germany
Centre Sgt Walters (holding a flask)
|F/O J J W Dawson crew (F/O J J W Dawson)
|F/O J J W Dawson crew (reverse)
||BQ-J, Crew Names on reverse
Thanks to John Steele (son of F/Lt Steele) for making available the following page from his father's log book.
Thanks to Rod Walters (son of Sgt Walters (F/Eng)) for making available the following pages from his father's log book.
F/Lt Steele DFC
F/L Steele's DFC was gazetted in the supplement to the London Gazette, see: London Gazette 12 January 1945.
Thanks to John Steele (son of F/Lt Steele) for making the following (post-war) photos and documents available.
Frank Steele Signing
Frank Steele climbing into CF-100
Frank Steele, by this time S/Ldr Steele, clocks up 10000Hours
|Frank Steele and CF-100|
|Frank ("Stainless") Steele died in Ottawa in 2012, aged 93.
See this obituary which appeared in the OTTAWA CITIZEN May 22 2012.
The following item appeared later in the Ottawa Citizen