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.

Manageable Lists

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Operation/Target: Leuna Oil Plant (14 Jan 1945 - 15 Jan 1945)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Leuna Oil Plant 14 Jan 1945 15 Jan 1945 N After a week of enforced flying inactivity, the Squadron stood by for operations with 30 crews of which one complete crew was sent to R.A.F. Station, Kirmington and one to R.A.F Station Elsham to make up operationally fit crew members on these stations. F/O Cameron departed from the Squadron on posting to No. 1656 Heavy Conversion Unit, Lindholme, as an instructor. F/O Cameron had completed a very successful tour with the Squadron and was very popular with all members of the Squadron, who regret his going.
27 aircraft took off at approximately 19.00 hours to attach LEUNA synthetic oil plant near Merseberg. "N" (F/O Parsons) proved abortive owing to the unfortunate illness of one of the crew and returned to Carnaby. The remaining 26 "pressed on regardless", led throughout by the indefatigable "F" Fox. The captain F/Lt "Jock" Shaw has at last been compelled to call it a day with a grand total of 42 operations. Higher authority this time refused his application to continue on Ops much to the disappointment of Jock. The weather on route was fairly good but deteriorated at the target to 10/10 cloud. Bombing was by sky-markers and conditions prevented results being observed. Defences were active. None of our aircraft were damaged and returned safely to base. Flying Officers Harris and George completed their first tour of operations without a single abortive. No flying training was carried out.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
NN715 Returned Primary at 22,000 ft at 00.01 hrs S/L W F Caldow (P)
F/L J Cassidy (Nav)
F/O S P George (F/Eng)
F/O D Gear (W/Op)
F/O J H Marston (R/AG)
F/O R Sloggett (A/B)
F/O S Squires (MU/AG)
PB514 Returned Primary at 20,000 ft at 00.00 hrs F/L G T Pyke (P)
Sgt D Hellings (Nav)
Sgt D Peters (A/B)
Sgt L Adams (W/Op)
Sgt D S Eldred (MU/AG)
Sgt A T Ellement (R/AG)
Sgt H D Davies (F/Eng)
NG246 Returned Primary at 21,500 ft at 00.06 hrs
NF998 Returned Primary at 20,000 ft at 00.01 hrs 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)
NG221 Returned Primary at 21,000 ft at 23.58 hrs F/L D A Shaw (P)
F/O F S Adley (F/Eng)
P/O R J Moran (Nav)
Sgt F E Self (MU/AG)
F/Sgt H L Alleyne (MU/AG)
F/Sgt G E Collinson (W/Op)
PD382 Returned Primary at 22,000 ft at 00.01 hrs
NG290 Returned Primary at 21,000 ft at 00.01 hrs F/O G G H Cowper (P)
Sgt R H Whitehead (F/Eng)
F/O R M Mills (Nav)
F/Sgt C H Baldwin (A/B)
F/Sgt S E Willis (W/Op)
Sgt S E Morrison (MU/AG)
Sgt H R Graham (R/AG)
PD321 Returned Primary at 21,000 ft at 00.01 1/2 hrs
NG250 Returned Primary at 19,000 ft at 23.58 1/2 hrs
ME301 Returned Primary at 20,000 ft at 00.04 hrs P/O K A Smith (P)
F/O H R Whitney (A/B)
Sgt C Symington (F/Eng)
Sgt G Duce (Nav)
Sgt R E G Williams (W/Op)
Sgt C J Marshall (MU/AG)
Sgt H F Longworth (R/AG)
ND972 Returned Primary at 19,000 ft at 00.01 hrs
PB864 Returned Primary at 20,500 ft at 00.01 hrs F/O J A Beale (P)
Sgt Matthews (F/Eng)
F/O A F Geen (Nav)
F/O G C Glover (A/B)
F/Sgt R A Spearing (W/Op)
Sgt MacKenzie (MU/AG)
F/Sgt J L McKeown (R/AG)
NG287 Returned Primary at 22,000 ft at 23.58 hrs
PD221 Returned Primary at 19,000 ft at 00.03 hrs
PB843 Returned Abortive - landed Carnaby F/L D R Parsons (P)
Sgt G E Carter (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J Price (Nav)
Sgt M W Morrison (A/B)
F/Sgt K Robinson (W/Op)
Sgt E Dinsley (MU/AG)
Sgt J Cooper (R/AG)
NG289 Returned Primary at 22,000 ft at 00.02 hrs
LM273 Returned Primary at 19,000 ft at 00.03 hrs F/O D H Grundy (P)
W/O E W King (F/Eng)
P/O R T Sowter (Nav)
W/O R C McLauchlan (A/B)
F/Sgt L F Figg (W/Op)
Sgt E C Jarvis (MU/AG)
Sgt E J MacKenzie (R/AG)
NG134 Returned Primary at 20,000 ft at 23.59 1/2 hrs
NF931 Returned Primary at 21,000 ft at 00.01 hrs F/O L G Michie (P)
F/O H A Shenker (P)
Sgt J Faren (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G H Lennox (Nav)
F/Sgt L F Johnston (A/B)
F/Sgt R J Emmett (W/Op)
F/Sgt T A Landers (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Ingram (R/AG)
NF932 Returned Primary at 20,000 ft at 00.00 1/2 hrs F/L E S Allen (P)
F/Sgt E T Smith (F/Eng)
F/Sgt A B Dennison (Nav)
F/Sgt G A Maginley (A/B)
F/Sgt R W Lundie (W/Op)
Sgt R G Crump (MU/AG)
F/O J E Murray-Shirreff (R/AG)
ME776 Returned Primary at 19,000 ft at 23.59 hrs F/O C S George (P)
Sgt E E Okines (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J D Johnson (Nav)
F/Sgt G A Stecker (A/B)
F/Sgt T H Jeffs (W/Op)
Sgt E W Kilby (MU/AG)
Sgt R Challoner (R/AG)
NG120 Returned Primary at 19,000 ft at 00.03 hrs
LM228 Returned Primary at 20,000 ft at 00.06 hrs
NG135 Returned Primary at 19,000 ft at 00.05 hrs
PB707 Returned Primary at 21,000 ft at 00.02 hrs
NG132 Returned Primary at 19,000 ft at 23.58 1/2 hrs
NG243 Returned Primary at 22,000 ft at 00.07 1/2 hrs
66/B Returned Primary at 21,000 ft at 00.02 hrs (Took off from Kirmington)

[Ed: F/O Liefooghe crew flying aircraft from another Sqdn]
103/O Returned Primary at 20500 ft at 00.03 hrs (Took off from Elsham)

[Ed: F/O Rhude crew flying aircraft from another Sqdn]

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 29
MAX Aircraft deployed
in single operation
29
(Leuna Oil Plant, 14 Jan 1945)

These details were last updated: 17 November 2021


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