P/O D C Dripps and Crew
P/O Dripps and crew were posted to 550 Squadron on squadron start-up from 100 Sqdn "C" Flight w.e.f. 25/11/43:
- P/O D C Dripps RAAF (P)
- Sgt J C Scott (F/Eng)
- F/O J E Stewart RCAF (Nav)
- Sgt W T Sibley (A/B)
- Sgt D Campbell (W/Op)
- Sgt R Gillies (MU/AG)
- F/O G C Orme (R/AG)
A very short time after Squadron formation, and indeed before the Squadron had re-located from Grimsby (Waltham) to what was to become its home airfield (North Killingholme) the crew was lost on operations to Berlin, 23/24 Dec 1943. With no known burial place all are commemorated on the walls at Runneymede.
The entry on the 550 Squadron Roll of Honour is available here.
Other information about the flight and the target available here.
The following summary information is available on the LostAircraft.com site:
"Serial Range DV155 - DV407: This aircraft was one of 200 Lancasters ordered from Metro-Vick in 1941 and built as 91 Mk.Is with Merlin 22 engines and 109 Mk.IIIs with Merlin 28 engines from May 43 to Dec 43. DV343 was a Mk.I and was delivered to 460 Sqdn Oct43, joined 100 Sqdn 12 Nov 43 and 550 Sqdn 25 Nov 43 Took part in the following key Operations: No Key Raids with 460 Sqdn. With No.100 Sqdn as HW-X, Berlin 18/19 Nov 43; Berlin 22/23 Nov 43. with No.550 Sqdn as BQ-X2, Berlin 26/27 Nov 43 - 550 Sqdns first Lancaster operation; Berlin 2/3 Dec 43; Berlin 16/17 Dec 43; Berlin 23/24 Dec 43 - Lost. When lost this aircraft had a total of 82 hours. DV343 was one of two 550 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See: ED730 airborne 2354 23 Dec 43 from Grimsby. Lost without trace. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. At 18, Sgt Scott was amongst the youngest airmen to be killed on Bomber Command operations. P/O D.C.Dripps RAAF KIA Sgt J.C.Scott KIA F/O J.E.Stewart RCAF KIA Sgt W.T.Sibley KIA Sgt D.Campbell KIA Sgt R.Gillies KIA F/O G.C.Orme KIA"