Squadron Operations: Summary Information


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

The amount of data in the database is growing and this is resulting in the "all operations/targets" list getting rapidly bigger and thus slower to generate. There are options to display shorter, more quickly generated, reports if you want to home in on something specific. For example, there are options to generate reports on operations to a single target, or by single aircraft (to all targets) or by single aircraft to a single target. There is, on the database-reports summary page, a short user guide (PDF format) on how to do this.

Operation/Target: Wizernes (20 Jul 1944 - 20 Jul 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Wizernes 20 Jul 1944 20 Jul 1944 N Nineteen aircraft andcrews were offered, accepted and briefed for an early evening attach on a target in WIZENEF [Ed. - assumed incorrect spelling, and Wizernes or Wizemes(?) V-bomb site is intended.]. All the aircraft took off successfully in good style and all reached the target which was bombed with the usual precision. Flak opposition at the target was negligible and the only fighters to be seen were, once again, Spitfires. All our aircraft returned safely to base bringing back good photographs.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE193 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 21.00 hours. P/O N D Holdsworth (P)
Sgt H Mimmack (F/Eng)
Sgt V Kirby (Nav)
Sgt C S Venables (A/B)
Sgt J A C Steer (W/Op)
Sgt W Johnston (MU/AG)
W/O H Granger (R/AG)
LL748 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 21.04 hours. F/O J J W Dawson (P)
Sgt E W C Edmunds (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F W Willmer (Nav)
F/Sgt K P Brady (A/B)
Sgt J M Palmer (W/Op)
Sgt J Earnshaw (MU/AG)
F/Sgt W H Harkness (R/AG)
PA991 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 21.01 hours.
EE905 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 21.05 hours.
LM228 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 21.01 hours. F/L J C Lord (P)
Sgt K W C Down (F/Eng)
F/Sgt R Sebaski (Nav)
Sgt A A A Vass (A/B)
P/O J Elliott (W/Op)
Sgt A J Schomberg (MU/AG)
Sgt P J Sculley (R/AG)
LM182 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 21.03 hours. F/O W F Cox (A/B)
F/O M L Dubois (P)
Sgt H Tulip (F/Eng)
F/O J C Young (Nav)
Sgt H Wood (W/Op)
Sgt R Eves (MU/AG)
Sgt L R R Haynes (R/AG)
LL811 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 21.02 hours.
PA995 Returned Primary 13,500 ft at 21.02 hours. F/O R G Fink (Nav)
F/L F S Steele (P)
Sgt A W E Walters (F/Eng)
Sgt B St. J Railton-Jones (A/B)
Sgt W G Merills (W/Op)
Sgt W G Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt R Smith (R/AG)
W5005 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 21.03 hours.

[Ed: with F/Sgt R Blackburn as 8th crewman (Under-Gunner)]
F/Sgt T T Savas (A/B)
Sgt R Blackburn (MU/AG)
F/Sgt G B Smith (P)
Sgt V J Williams (F/Eng)
Sgt M L Tretheway (Nav)
F/O W K Mills (W/Op)
Sgt C J Cassan (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Colban (R/AG)
ME164 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 21.03 hours.
ME776 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 21.00 hours F/O L Wareham (P)
Sgt F J Thrush (F/Eng)
F/O B O Sibree (Nav)
F/O G F Bodman (A/B)
Sgt C A McKernan (W/Op)
Sgt J H Washington (MU/AG)
F/O R W Kemp (R/AG)
PD221 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 21.00 hours. S/L B J Redmond (P)
F/L O A Hardy (MU/AG)
Sgt J G Hill (W/Op)
Sgt A H Bowers (MU/AG)
Sgt H Moreton (F/Eng)
F/Sgt D M Stephen (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
ME583 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 21.03 hrs

[Ed: ORB states ME582 "P". This cannot be correct, as ME582 "E" FTR 25/26 Feb 44 with the loss of the Sgt C Tattersall crew. So ME583 assumed, since it is listed as "P" on the preceding day operation.]
P/O H S 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)
LL831 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 20.59 hours. F/O M A Buchanan (P)
Sgt E A Johnson (F/Eng)
F/O H B Snelgrove (Nav)
Sgt E Clarke (A/B)
P/O A E Sutton (W/Op)
Sgt L E Updike (MU/AG)
Sgt W G Beney (R/AG)
LL800 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 21.01 hours. F/O R Purvis (P)
Sgt S Leary (F/Eng)
F/Sgt C Stoddard (Nav)
F/Sgt K R S Scholefield (A/B)
Sgt L W Guthrie (W/Op)
Sgt J Wright (MU/AG)
Sgt V S B Scoble (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 21.05 hours. F/O J C Hutcheson (P)
Sgt S Wright (F/Eng)
Sgt D F Smith (Nav)
F/Sgt J K Francis (A/B)
W/O W Y Smith (W/Op)
Sgt E C Hodgson (MU/AG)
Sgt A F Tosh (R/AG)
PD208 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 21.04 hours.
LM455 Returned Primary 13,500 feet at 21.01 hours. F/O P M Roche (P)
Sgt P A O Adams (F/Eng)
F/O R W Archer (Nav)
F/O D Rudd (A/B)
F/O S G Spakowski (W/Op)
F/O R F Calderhead (MU/AG)
F/O E T Meaker (R/AG)
ND972 Returned Primary 13,500 feet at 21.00 hours. F/Lt R Thomas (P)
Sgt S F Beardmore (F/Eng)
Sgt V R Farmer (Nav)
F/Sgt A C H Stack (A/B)
Sgt E J Wilkins (W/Op)
Sgt J J Curtis (MU/AG)
Sgt C R Cronk (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 19
MAX Aircraft deployed
in single operation
(Wizernes, 20 Jul 1944)

These details were last updated: 20 June 2024


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