550 Squadron Photos
F/Lt Harris & Crew
F/Lt J Harris and crew were posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 LFS w.e.f. 30/08/44.
- F/Lt J Harris (P)
- Sgt I S Freeman (F/Eng)
- F/O E B Hornsby (Nav)
- F/Sgt R W Richardson (A/B)
- F/Sgt P F Flux (W/Op)
- F/Sgt W H Barrett RCAF (MU/AG)
- Sgt W A Bentley (R/AG)
The picture below shows F/O Harris and crew outside the Photographic Section at North Killingholme at the end of August 1944.
|Left To Right: F/Lt Jack Harris, F/O Ted Hornsby, F/Sgt Ron Richardson, Sgt Stan Freeman
F/Sgt Peter Flux, F/Sgt Bill Barrett, Sgt Alec Bentley
With thanks to Jack Harris for putting names to faces
At the end of November 1944 the Flight Engineer (Sgt Freeman) fell off his motor bike and fractured his wrist. This meant that he could not fly for about four-and-half weeks and a "spare" flight engineer had to take his place. So in December the crew flew four raids with Sgt H Moreton as F/Eng and 2 raids with Sgt A R Gow as F/Eng. Consequently their association with the F/Lt Harris crew in the squadron logs, and their details are:
When the "main/normal" crew finished their tour by flying 30 "ops" Sgt. Stan Freemen the usual F/Eng had only done 24 ops. So the crew volunteered to do six more trips to finish off the E/Engineer's tour! Meaning (that several members of) the crew did 36 ops, and F/Lt Harris did 37 ops (because pilots on their first tours did a "2nd pilot" trip with an experience crew to learn the ropes).
In order to complete the additional ops, and after two of the original crew (Flux (W/Op) and Barrett (MU/AG)) left 550 Sqdn, stand-in crew-men flew with the Harris crew: