Squadron Operations: Summary Information

Overview

Listed below is the information available for operations to this target flown by 550 Squadron.

Operation Summary: The column headers should be fairly self-explanatory. The term "aborted" as used here covers a number of possibilities:

Aircraft Deployed: When a link to a particular aircraft is given, this indicates aircraft known to have taken part in this raid (in the records currently available to the web-site author). A record of whether the aircraft returned or failed to return (FTR) is also logged.

Servicemen Deployed: Names of the crew in the operation.

Station Summary: This section is the information from the RAF North Killingholme Station Record Book for the operational date (if available).

Definitions of the abbreviations used are available: here.

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Operation/Target: Bochum (04 Nov 1944 - 04 Nov 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Bochum 04 Nov 1944 04 Nov 1944 N Twenty six aircraft and crews took off at approximately 17.15hrs to attack BOCHUM in the heart of the Ruhr. Aircraft "G2" (F/O Kennedy) soon after take-off found that his hydraulics were u/s and his wheels would not retract completely; thwarted in his efforts to jettison he made a successful landing at Woodbridge with all his bomb load on board. "E2" (F/O Marriott) found that the rear turret of his aircraft was u/s with an oil leak and abandoned. The remainder found 9/10 cloud en route, but over the channel this decreased and gradually cleared. The target was free from cloud, but a certain amount of industrial haze was present. Markers were punctual and fairly accurate, the target area was kept continuously marked and the bombing was well concentrated, After the incendiary attack developed, the whole area rapidly became a mass of fire, visible for approximately 100 miles and there were a number of impressive explosions. The ground defences in the target area were reported as moderate, occasionally becoming intense, with many searchlights in evidence exposing on cone of about 20 or more, there latter were at first ineffective, but later became more troublesome, several aircraft being coned. Hun night fighters made a strong reaction and figher flares were seen from the Dutch coast onwards. Many combats took place in which the following aircraft of 550 Squadron were involved, "B2" (F/O Whynacht) had 4 encounters and claims to have destroyed 2 aircraft and damaged another, whilst the other was inconclusive. All these appeared to be jet-propelled aircraft. No damage or casualties were received. "M" (F/O McCarthy) and "P" (P/O Franklyn (R)) both opened fire on two jet planes but no claims were made and the encounters were inconclusive. "V" (F/O Blackler) claims to have shot down an aircraft believed to be a jet propelled unit. The appearance of jet propelled and other rocket phenomena is only of recent origin, and these claims are being further investigated, meanwhile these claims are accepted with reserve. All our aircraft returned to Base with the exception of "F" (F/O Ansell) who landed at Manston having received damage to his aircraft from Flak, the F/Eng (F/S Sythes) receiving wounds in the thigh. Photographs brought back show extensive fire tracks. Aircraft "F" completed her 100th operational sortie, a fact that F/L Shaw is very proud of, since he has completed the major part of his tour in this aircraft.

[Ed: Can this entry about Shaw/ED905 be correct here? The battle order lists F/O W J Shaw in "F2" flying, but no F/Lt D A "Jock" Shaw in ED905 "F". Norman Franks in "Ton-Up Lancs" speculates, based on photos and the mixed up ORB at this point, that ED905 100th trip was F/Lt D A Shaw 2nd Nov 44 to Duesseldorf. This looks to be confirmed by Jock Shaw log book (information from his daughter). So perhaps the ORB just recorded this fact a day or two after the fact. The photo claimed to be ED905 taking off for 100th op may in fact be a photo of the aircraft some weeks earlier; some of the people waving have been positively identified (by John Eppel, Nav F/O J Harris crew) as being air-crew who were in fact airborne, or taxing for take-off, for the 2 Nov op so could not be standing at the end of the runway waving!.]

P.R.U cover now confirms the great damage done in this attack - the two main factories of first priority importance, with extensive blast furnaces, steel works and rolling mills all making armaments have suffered severely; of the six main buildings of one of them all are extensively damaged. A third factory (adjoining the main passenger station which is heavily damaged) manufacturing, milling and grinding machinery is still smoking and damage appears to be heavy. Destruction of unidentified industrial and commercial premises, and residential property is widespread and severe.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned Primary at 17,000ft at 19.39 1/2hrs
JB345 Returned Primary at 18,000ft at 19.45hrs F/L E H Luder (P)
Sgt E G Bowman (F/Eng)
F/O E H Jones (Nav)
F/Lt J Ward (A/B)
F/Sgt D M McDonnell (W/Op)
Sgt R G Furness (MU/AG)
Sgt H Jordan (R/AG)
NF998 Returned Primary at 19,000ft at 19.52hrs F/O J Harris (P)
Sgt G H Simpkins (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J W Eppel (Nav)
W/O J C Conway (A/B)
F/Sgt R G Bickford (W/Op)
Sgt W P Waddell (MU/AG)
Sgt B S P Barby (R/AG)
NG250 Returned Primary at 19,000ft at 19.59hrs. Landed at Manston. F/Eng hit by flak - compound fracture of left leg. A/G Got AO (???) [unreadable] F/L V B Ansell (P)
Sgt G P Sythes (F/Eng)
Sgt T D Rodgers (Nav)
Sgt L Trudgian (A/B)
F/Sgt H A Elderfield (W/Op)
P/O GJ Horsfall (MU/AG)
Sgt S J H Adams (R/AG)
NG246 Returned Primary at 18,000ft at 19.32hrs
PD320 Returned Primary at 18,000ft at 19.37 1/2hrs
NG251 Returned Primary at 18,000ft at 19402hrs
PD382 Returned Primary at 16,000ft at 19.45hrs
PB562 Returned Primary at 19,000ft at 19.324 1/2hrs
PB592 Returned Primary at 19,000ft at 19.36hrs
LM273 Returned Primary at 17500ft at 19.47hrs F/O W H Tolman (P)
F/Sgt F R Lecourt (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J G Lawrence (Nav)
F/O R Deakin (A/B)
F/Sgt L A Aitken (W/Op)
Sgt T Taylor (MU/AG)
Sgt T E Vaughan (R/AG)
PD313 Returned Primary at 19,000ft at 19.36 1/2hrs
PD221 Returned Primary at 16,000ft at 19.37hrs
ME301 Returned Primary at 17,000ft at 19.38hrs
ND972 Returned Primary at 17500ft at 19.42hrs
PA995 Returned Primary at 18,000ft at 19.44hrs
NF931 Returned Primary at 16200ft at 19.44 1/2hrs
NF932 Returned Primary at 18,000ft at 19.46 1/2hrs F/O K A Whynacht (P)
Sgt R J Piper (F/Eng)
Sgt K A Vardigans (Nav)
F/O M C Helman (A/B)
Sgt H Smith (W/op)
Sgt A A Pattison (MU/AG)
Sgt - Hutchings (R/AG)
ME776 Returned Primary at 17,000ft at 19.45hrs
NG120 Returned Primary at 17,000ft at 19.36hrs F/L M F A Maltin (P)
Sgt G N Raynes (F/Eng)
F/O J D Nelson (Nav)
W/O G B McGhee (A/B)
Sgt G King (W/Op)
Sgt V Montague (MU/AG)
Sgt R C Dyke (R/AG)
NG132 Returned Abortive - Rear turret u/s
NG138 Returned Primary at 18,000ft at 19.39hrs
LM228 Returned ABortive - Landed Woodbridge - Hydraulics u/s
LM182 Returned Primary at 16200ft at 19.35 1/2hrs F/O G S Devereau (P)
Sgt S H Ward (F/Eng)
Sgt C W Cross (Nav)
Sgt C A P Noble (A/B)
F/Sgt W Horlor (W/Op)
Sgt G E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J R McNamara (R/AG)
PB707 Returned Primary at 16,000ft at 19.40hrs
NG243 Returned Primary at 17,000ft at 19.49hrs P/O J Groves (P)
Sgt S B Faggetter (F/Eng)
Sgt D M Buchanan (Nav)
Sgt J D Fellows (A/B)
W/O G Aylmore (W/Op)
Sgt A G Johns (MU/AG)
Sgt C R Donoghue (R/AG)

Summary Statistics

Based on the data in the lists displayed above, and keeping in mind that data is still being updated and thus not yet complete, the following statistics are generated:

Aircraft Deployment Statistics


Aircraft deployments 26
MAX Aircraft deployed
in single operation
26
(Bochum, 04 Nov 1944)

These details were last updated: 17 June 2019


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