Squadron Aircraft: Summary Information


Listed below is the information available for this aircraft which served in 550 Squadron.

Aircraft Details: The column headers should be fairly self-explanatory. The final column (Web links) contains, where given, links to other items on this web-site or indeed to external sources where further information or photographs, etc can be found.

Associated Aircrew: This is the list of servicemen known to have flown on this aircraft at some time or other, it is not a particular crew (that can be found on other lists available on the site such as the crew shown on a specific operation, etc).

Definitions of the abbreviations used are available: here.

In compiling these lists particular thanks are due, as listed below, to sites without which it would have been next to impossible to put the information together. Many thanks to the providers of these pages whose work is gratefully acknowledged.

URI Description Other Information
https://www.lancasterbombers.net/form-78-aircraft-movement-cards/ Lancaster movement cards.
The site which can be searched for specific aircraft numbers or ranges of numbers.
An examples of use includes:
Movement cards in the range NG392-NG503 ("flick" through the pages to the service number you seek).

Abbreviations used on movement cards.
http://www.lancaster-archive.com/ For anyone wishing to locate further Lancaster histories, or to trace Lancaster losses for a raid. Website produced by Lancaster and Manchester Bomber Historian who can be reached on email at: Larry Wright
http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/ In the cases of bombers that Failed to Return (FTR) this site has been invaluable. The web-site, however, appears to have gone offline at some point in time (unclear when).

Aircraft Details

Aircraft Details Associated Aircrew
Id Service Number Name No. of Ops BQ-Code Other Information Web Links Name
R PD221 - - BQ-R FTR 3/4 Feb 1945, Bottrop.
Crew all KIA.
At 18, Sgt Taerum was amongst the youngest airmen killed on Bomber Command operations.
F/O P H Spindler
F/O J A Beale
F/O G W Bell
F/O L B Cameron
F/O W F Cox
F/O M L Dubois
F/O R P Franklyn
F/L J Harris
F/L O A Hardy
P/O J R Rigby
F/O W D Robertson
F/O V A Thygessen
F/Sgt T T Savas
Sgt H Tulip
Sgt D Eldridge
Sgt G A Sutherland
F/Sgt J W White
Sgt F P Popple
Sgt J F Piertney
Sgt J G Hill
F/O R G Nye
Sgt C Stuart
Sgt J Holding
Sgt J F Moyle
W/O W J Howson
F/Sgt W H Cook
F/Sgt L C Taerum
Sgt A H Bowers
F/O T M Evans
F/O J H Graham
P/O L Brooks
F/O G H Pascoe
F/O A W L Lohrey
Sgt I S Freeman
F/O E B Hornsby
F/Sgt R W Richardson
F/Sgt P F Flux
F/Sgt W H Barrett
Sgt W A Bentley
Sgt H Moreton
Sgt A R Gow
F/Sgt D M Stephen
Sgt R Finlay
F/O E C Packham
Sgt A Pavlovitch
Sgt A E Howting
F/O H B Parker
F/Sgt G B Smith
Sgt V J Williams
Sgt M L Tretheway
F/O W K Mills
Sgt C J Cassan
Sgt R G Colban
F/O G S Devereau
F/O H G Manley
Sgt D R Hughes
F/O R G George
F/Sgt R Hill
F/O G T Brown
Sgt G B Ward
P/O J K McDonald
F/O J C Young
Sgt H Wood
Sgt R Eves
Sgt L R R Haynes
Sgt G L Grant
F/Sgt J H Elliott
Sgt R J McElroy
F/O D C R Hills
F/O B H Lowen
Sgt J F Noonan
Sgt D E Hookham
Sgt R West
Sgt S Dennis
F/Sgt R H Lucas
F/Sgt J A Dibley
F/Sgt R J Chester
Sgt K Sharp
Sgt P J James
G/C R V McIntyre
S/L B J Redmond
S/L E L Pickles

This aircraft is one of the 550 Squadron aircraft that was lost on operations.
The details of those air-crew who lost their lives while on operations in this aircraft are listed on the 550 Squadron Roll of Honour, see: PD221.

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The details were last updated: 20 June 2024

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