550 Squadron Photos
P/O R Vaughan and Crew
P/O Vaughan and crew were posted to 550 Squadron from No. 11 Base w.e.f 16/06/44
- P/O R Vaughan (P)
- Sgt R W Metcalfe (F/Eng)
- P/O L C Davies (Nav)
- F/Sgt D Porter (A/B)
- Sgt T Elliott (W/Op)
- Sgt W J Watson (MU/AG)
- Sgt L D Purser (R/AG)
The pictures below show the crew (and ground crew, 1st photo) and various other ...
The Vaughan crew some operations in W5005 ("N" - Nan) and at least one of these with a mid-under gunner (a turret installed in an attempt to counter night-fighters attacking from below the aircraft). The following additional crew-men thus flew in this position on some operations:
- F/Lt D M Clark (Senior Gunnery Officer)
W/O Denis Porter Log Book
Flight log books and bombing records of W/O Denis Porter (Bomb Aimer) who flew with P/O Vaughan while with 550 Sqd 1943-45.
In common with many of the log books these logs mention abortive take-offs and emergency landings and live ops and other "exciting" incidents that occured on operations, and indeed on the training flights. For example LM229, 4 July 1994 "crashed on take-off" - and luckily the bomb load did not explode.
W/O Denis Porter, from Glasgow, survived the war to become a teacher and deputy Headmaster (St Mungos Academy) in Glasgow and died aged 81 on 10 June 2004.
[Thanks to Joe Porter and Ronald McEachen for information and material provided.]
|Pages from W/O Denis Porter flight log
Picture courtesy of Ronald McEachen