Failed To Return
F/Lt J S G Crawford and Crew
F/Lt Crawford and crew were posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 LFS w.ef 1.2.44:
- F/L J S G Crawford (P) KIA
- Sgt J R Powell (F/Eng) KIA
- F/O P A Lockton (Nav) KIA
- Sgt J N Andrew (A/B) KIA
- Sgt W J Green (W/Op) KIA
- Sgt W V Moss RCAF (MU/AG) KIA
- Sgt W B Robertson (R/AG) KIA
F/Lt Crawford and crew were lost when Lancaster LM392 failed to return on 15/16 March 1944 from an operation to Stuttgart. All of the crew were killed.
Other information about the flight and the target available here.
The entry on the 550 Squadron Roll of Honour is available here.
Jacque Simon Gustav Crawford
William Bertram Robertson
|Sgt Wm. Bertram Robertson|
Station Narrative No.2
Station Narrative No. 2; this is a report of 19/20 Feb 1944 when the crew had an eventful trip to Leipzig landing at Manston on return. This is described in the narrative included in the Station Operational Record Book as follows:
|Station Narrative No. 2
Crawford crew, Leipzig, 19/20 Feb 1944
|(pg 2 of 2)|
Report on Loss of LM392
|Missing Memorandum recording at least some of the crew of LM392|
550 Squadron Association Visit
In October 2013 representatives of the 550 Squadron Association visited the graves in Artolsheim Communal Cemetery in remembrance of the men of 550 Squadron buried there. Thanks to George Turner for some photographs from the visit which are shown below.
Artolsheim Communal Cemetery (France)
|Crawford Crew graves, Artolsheim Cemetary
Plus also G V Turner, Royal Naval Air Service (unconnected with the 550 Sqdn crew)
|Rue Lancaster, Artolsheim|
550 Squadron Memorial in Artolsheim, France
In April 2014 a memorial to the crew was unveiled in Artolsheim. See the Artolsheim Memorial web-page.