550 Squadron and RAF North Killingholme Association

Squadron Operations: Summary Information

Overview

There follows below a list of the all of the operations flown by 550 Squadron and the aircraft involved on each. The information used to build this page was taken in the first instance from the lists provided on the original Squadron Association web-site, but has been augmented by new information gathered since that time (squadron operations logs, individual aircrew log books, and other sources).

This information is not yet complete: it has been build from the a number of sources (documentary and people) and compilation of complete lists is an ongoing task that is expected to take quite some time to complete. So please don't shout just yet if you spot an omission - work continues to build a more complete, and accurate, list.
Do however shout if you spot an error! Please email any corrections or information to the contact details in the link at the bottom of the page.

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: - (25 Nov 1943 - 25 Nov 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 25 Nov 1943 25 Nov 1943 Y The Squadron was formed from this date (Authority, HQ No. 1 Group letter reference 1G/S.5285/11/Org, dated 17th November 1943) and to comprise "C" Flight of No. 100 Squadron. At the same time personnel of No. 9100 Servicing Echelon were transferred to form No. 9550 Servicing Echelon. The squadron and serving echelon were formed to establishments WAR/BC/362 and WAR/BC/360 respectively at 16 + 4 Lancaster I/III Aircraft.

With aircraft allotted to the Squadron from "C" Flight No. 100 Sqdn and experienced operational crews posted in, six aircraft were offered for operations. Aircrews briefed for operations but operation subsequently cancelled owing to weather conditions.

Operation/Target: Berlin (26 Nov 1943 - 27 Nov 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 26 Nov 1943 27 Nov 1943 N Eight aircraft took off to attack targets in Berlin, of which 7 were successfull and dropped ca. 29 tons of HE and incendiaries. They returned and landed safely Base, Grimsby. No news received from LM379 after take-off and F/L Prangley and crew considered missing.

[Ed: The Prangley crew therefore were the first crew the squadron lost after it commenced operations.]
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
DV343 Returned Primary 2115hrs. 22,000 feet. Bombed release point flares P/O D C Dripps (P)
Sgt J C Scott (F/Eng)
F/O J E Stewart (Nav)
Sgt W T Sibley (A/B)
Sgt D Campbell (W/Op)
Sgt R Gillies (MU/AG)
F/O G C Orme (R/AG)
DV345 Returned Primary 2116hrs. 22,000 feet. On arrival streets patterned by HE and later fires. Much bellowing smoke to 5000 ft F/O R H Mawle (P)
Sgt P P O'Meara (F/Eng)
Sgt J R Rounding (A/B)
Sgt M G Capel (W/Op)
Sgt C W Taylor (MU/AG)
Sgt E Skelton (R/AG)
Sgt S E Emmett (Nav)
EE139 Returned Primary 2125hrs. 20,000 feet. Bombed green TIs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
DV306 Returned Primary 2120hrs. 22,000 feet. Bombed green TIs. Good concentration of fires. Aircraft holed by flak over target. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 2123hrs. 21,000 feet. Concentrated fires seen. Coned over target for 1-2 mins. Defences extremely effective. F/O D W Cobbin (P)
Sgt F T Stiling (F/Eng)
F/O K L Agnew (Nav)
P/O J L McKeown (A/B)
Sgt R Laverick (W/Op)
Sgt L K Gilmar (MU/AG)
Sgt R Willis (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Primary 2127hrs. 22,000 feet. Bombed green TIs lying on edge of large fire area. Fired on a TE enemy aircraft which broke away. F/O G A Morrison (P)
Sgt P W Wise (F/Eng)
F/O F W Bennett (Nav)
F/O R Warren (A/B)
Sgt H C Gilbert (W/Op)
Sgt J M Cantor (MU/AG)
Sgt J McKenzie (R/AG)
ED536 Returned Primary 2123hrs. 22,000 feet. Large sheet of yellow flame followed by much black smoke at 21.21hrs. Reflection of fires seen over 150 miles away. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
Sgt D J Cornes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt I F Ruppel (Nav)
LM379 FTR Missing. No news after take-off. The first aircraft 550 Sqdn lost after squadron formation. F/L P J M Prangley (P)
Sgt A K Ward (F/Eng)
F/O G H R F Harris (Nav)
P/O J W Lowe (A/B)
Sgt R Redfern (MU/AG)
Sgt P W Smith (W/Op)
Sgt F C Diggle (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (27 Nov 1943 - 27 Nov 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 27 Nov 1943 27 Nov 1943 Y Seven aircraft and crews were offered for operations but the squadron was stood down.

Operation/Target: - (28 Nov 1943 - 28 Nov 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 28 Nov 1943 28 Nov 1943 Y Eight aircraft and crews were offered for operations but the squadron was stood down.

Operation/Target: - (29 Nov 1943 - 29 Nov 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 29 Nov 1943 29 Nov 1943 Y Eight aircraft and crews were offered for operations but the squadron was stood down.

Operation/Target: - (30 Nov 1943 - 30 Nov 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 30 Nov 1943 30 Nov 1943 Y Seven aircraft and crews were offered for operations but the operation was subsequently cancelled owing to weather conditions.

Operation/Target: - (01 Dec 1943 - 01 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 01 Dec 1943 01 Dec 1943 Y Twelve aircraft and crews were offered for operations and subsequently briefed for targets in BERLIN. At the last moment owning to bad weather conditions the operation was cancelled.
Station Summary
INAUGURATION
On Consultation with Resident Engineer, it was decided that priority for completion to scale be given to No.4 and 5 domestic sites, and that S.H.Q should be finished as soon as possible.

Operation/Target: Berlin (02 Dec 1943 - 03 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 02 Dec 1943 03 Dec 1943 N Twelve aircraft and crews were offered and accepted for operations. Crews were briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Three aircraft abandoned their mission, one aircraft is missing with all of the crew, and eight aircraft successfully bombed the targets.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE107 Returned Primary 20,000 feet. at 20.15hrs. Bombed centre of 4 Red TIs. Saw fires taking hold through cloud breaks after bombing. W/O J I Miller (P)
Sgt R E White (F/Eng)
Sgt D V H Evans (Nav)
Sgt P H Hurst (A/B)
Sgt G E Brown (W/Op)
Sgt T K M Williams (MU/AG)
Sgt F C Thomas (R/AG)
DV343 Returned Abandoned due to W/T transmitter and receiver being unserviceable. W/O G W Brook (P)
Sgt E V Condell (F/Eng)
Sgt E G Patterson (Nav)
Sgt H S Ferdinando (A/B)
Sgt J J McAnaney (W/Op)
Sgt J Godsave (MU/AG)
Sgt J Flynn (R/AG)
DV306 Returned Primary 20,800 feet. At 20.22 attacked by J.U.88. Enemy opened fire, returned by Lancaster. Enemy aircraft probably damaged. No further fires seen. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
JB678 Returned Abandoned due to W/T transmitter and receiver being unserviceable. F/Sgt R E Oliver (P)
Sgt G T Barlow (F/Eng)
P/O F R Clarke (Nav)
F/Sgt W S Bryans (A/B)
Sgt W Manderson (W/Op)
Sgt H Asquith (MU/AG)
Sgt W Russell (R/AG)
DV345 Returned Primary 20,000 feet at 20.27. Large area of dull red fires developed with smoke to over 4000 feet. Reflection seen for 150 miles on homeward journey. F/O R H Mawle (P)
Sgt P P O'Meara (F/Eng)
F/O G M G de Menten de Horne (Nav)
Sgt J R Rounding (A/B)
Sgt C W Taylor (MU/AG)
Sgt E Skelton (R/AG)
LM301 FTR Missing. W/O A T S Collier (P)
Sgt F Turner (F/Eng)
F/Sgt P A Lee (Nav)
F/Sgt H S Bennett (A/B)
F/Sgt J A Cromie (W/Op)
Sgt W F Dowson (MU/AG)
Sgt E A Topham (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 21,000 feet at 20.22. Bombed concentration of green TIs seen on ground. F/O D W Cobbin (P)
Sgt F T Stiling (F/Eng)
F/O K L Agnew (Nav)
P/O J L McKeown (A/B)
Sgt R Laverick (W/Op)
Sgt L K Gilmar (MU/AG)
Sgt R Willis (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Primary 21,000 feet at 20.37. Three large fires seen spreading rapidly. Large column black smoke to 15000 feet. Landed Ludford. W/O T E Boyle (Nav)
F/L J O Richard (P)
Sgt A G Day (F/Eng)
Sgt R W Scott (A/B)
F/Sgt W G Rate (W/Op)
Sgt W J Carthew (MU/AG)
Sgt T J Connaghan (R/AG)
ED536 Returned Primary 19,000 feet. at 20.26hrs. Good fires. Plenty of smoke. Pretty good "prang". F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 20,000 feet. At 20.31hrs bombed centre of Green TIs burning on ground. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
JB673 Returned Primary 20,000 feet. at 2024hrs some explosions seen short of main concentrations W/O G K Peasgood (P)
Sgt S Sykes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W P Morris (Nav)
F/Sgt G Walker (A/B)
F/Sgt S J Richards (W/Op)
Sgt S J L Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt P P Clarkin (R/AG)
JB674 Returned Abandoned due to being 16 minutes late to enemy coast and unable to make correct T.O.T. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)

Operation/Target: Leipzig (03 Dec 1943 - 04 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Leipzig 03 Dec 1943 04 Dec 1943 Y Nine aircraft with crews were offered for operations. Crews were briefed for targets in LEIPZIG. All aircraft returned safely to base - GRIMSBY.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
DV343 Returned Primary 20,500 feet. At 04.06hrs twice opened fire on ME109 without reply P/O D C Dripps (P)
Sgt J C Scott (F/Eng)
F/O J E Stewart (Nav)
Sgt W T Sibley (A/B)
Sgt D Campbell (W/Op)
Sgt R Gillies (MU/AG)
F/O G C Orme (R/AG)
EE107 Returned Primary 21,500 feet. At 04.06hrs found green TIs in three clusters 2 miles apart. Fire glow see for 200 miles. W/O J I Miller (P)
Sgt R E White (F/Eng)
Sgt D V H Evans (Nav)
Sgt P H Hurst (A/B)
Sgt G E Brown (W/Op)
Sgt T K M Williams (MU/AG)
Sgt F C Thomas (R/AG)
JB618 Returned Primary 22,000 feet at 04.07hrs near BRANDENBURG with both turrets unserviceable, also intercom to rear gunner. Attacked by 2 single engine fighters. 1 was evaded. The other made 2 more attacks but was eventually evaded. Turrets being unserviceable, no fire was returned. F/Sgt R E Oliver (P)
Sgt G T Barlow (F/Eng)
P/O F R Clarke (Nav)
F/Sgt W S Bryans (A/B)
Sgt W Manderson (W/Op)
Sgt H Asquith (MU/AG)
Sgt W Russell (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Claimed probable destruction of ME110 that attacked south west of BRANDENBURG. MU/AG and R/AG counted two attacks. Enemy fire damaged hydraulics. Bomb doors would not open over target. All bombs brought back. W/O T E Boyle (Nav)
F/L J O Richard (P)
Sgt A G Day (F/Eng)
Sgt R W Scott (A/B)
F/Sgt W G Rate (W/Op)
Sgt W J Carthew (MU/AG)
Sgt T J Connaghan (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 23,000 feet. At 04.08hrs. Carried special type Cookie. Bombed RP flares running N-S. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 21,000 feet. At 04.06hrs. Bombed RP flares. After FRANKFURT lost track owing to difficult winds and returned via Brussels. F/O D W Cobbin (P)
Sgt F T Stiling (F/Eng)
F/O K L Agnew (Nav)
P/O J L McKeown (A/B)
Sgt R Laverick (W/Op)
Sgt L K Gilmar (MU/AG)
Sgt R Willis (R/AG)
JB673 Returned Primary 21,000 feet. At 04.06hrs. Bombed green TIs. Return route markers too scattered. W/O G K Peasgood (P)
Sgt S Sykes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W P Morris (Nav)
F/Sgt G Walker (A/B)
F/Sgt S J Richards (W/Op)
Sgt S J L Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt P P Clarkin (R/AG)
DV345 Returned Primary 21,500 feet at 04.05hrs. Bomber RP flares. Found all route markers will placed and effective. F/O R H Mawle (P)
Sgt P P O'Meara (F/Eng)
F/O G M G de Menten de Horne (Nav)
Sgt J R Rounding (A/B)
Sgt M G Capel (W/Op)
Sgt C W Taylor (MU/AG)
Sgt E Skelton (R/AG)
JB674 Returned Primary 21,500 feet at 04.10hrs. Attack believed successful. Fires seen for 150 miles. F/Sgt W R Cooper (P)
Sgt G W Claydon (F/Eng)
Sgt A R Laurence (Nav)
F/Sgt G W Guest (A/B)
Sgt R W Theobald (W/Op)
Sgt A H Bowers (MU/AG)
Sgt J Rawson (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (04 Dec 1943 - 04 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 04 Dec 1943 04 Dec 1943 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered but there were no operations during this period.

Operation/Target: - (05 Dec 1943 - 05 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 05 Dec 1943 05 Dec 1943 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered but again there were no operations during this period. Ground and air training was continued.

Operation/Target: - (06 Dec 1943 - 06 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 06 Dec 1943 06 Dec 1943 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered but no operations laid on and round and air training was continued. The number of trained crews available exceeded the number of aircraft available for operations

Operation/Target: - (07 Dec 1943 - 07 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 07 Dec 1943 07 Dec 1943 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered but there were no operations laid on. A Postagram received Ref.1.G/S 2109/2 Air intimated that no large scale operations would be ordered before 14 December.
Station Summary
Station HQ building ready for use on limited scale. Provisional M.T. Room opened on No.2 site.

Operation/Target: - (08 Dec 1943 - 08 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 08 Dec 1943 08 Dec 1943 Y In confirmation of the Postagram received yesterday signal from HQ No.1 Group was received Ref.A.C 611 8th December stating that no large scale operations would be ordered before the night 14/15 December and that surplus crews could proceed on leave. This order was carried out.

Operation/Target: - (09 Dec 1943 - 09 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 09 Dec 1943 09 Dec 1943 Y Stand-down continued. Air and ground training carried out.
Station Summary
Station Commander, Group Captain R V McINTYRE DFC, Station Commander arrived.
G/C McIntyre DFC was attached to the Station on Dec. 9 as Station Commander. His main concern was completion of Contractors work as Technical Site. Particular attention was paid to Flying Control Section and, in particular, to installation of Drem lighting.
F/Lt BENNETT was attached to assist in this work. A sergeant and corporal were obtained on load for the purpose of building certain fittings in the Control Room.

Operation/Target: - (10 Dec 1943 - 10 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 10 Dec 1943 10 Dec 1943 Y Stand-down continued. Air and ground training carried out.
Station Summary
No. 1 Ante-Room and Dining Room in OFFICERS MESS completed for use.

Operation/Target: - (11 Dec 1943 - 11 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 11 Dec 1943 11 Dec 1943 Y Stand-down continued. Air and ground training carried out.

Operation/Target: - (12 Dec 1943 - 12 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 12 Dec 1943 12 Dec 1943 Y Stand-down continued. Air and ground training carried out.
Station Summary
Sergeants Mess partly opened. A/F/L P BENNETT (Flying Control), F/O R A MURRAY (Int/Ops) arrive.

Operation/Target: - (13 Dec 1943 - 13 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 13 Dec 1943 13 Dec 1943 Y Stand-down continued. Air and ground training carried out.

Operation/Target: - (14 Dec 1943 - 14 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 14 Dec 1943 14 Dec 1943 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered for operations but the Stand-down continued.

Operation/Target: - (15 Dec 1943 - 15 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 15 Dec 1943 15 Dec 1943 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered for operations but the Stand-down continued. Crews available still exceed the number of aircraft available for operations.

Operation/Target: - (16 Dec 1943 - 16 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 16 Dec 1943 16 Dec 1943 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but the Stand-down continued. Crews available still exceed the number of aircraft available for operations.

Operation/Target: Berlin (16 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 16 Dec 1943 17 Dec 1943 N Fifteen crews were offered for operations and with aircraft loaned from No.100 Squadron. They briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Two of the sorties were abortive but the remaining aircraft bombed the targets and returned safely to BASE.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 20.04hrs. Marking seemed fairly concentrated. Some glow reflected on cloud and from fires. Quiet trip except for conditions at BASE on return. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
DV306 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 20.03hrs. Red glow on cloud and explosion seen at 20.00hrs. Landing conditions difficult. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 20.0hrs. Bombed green TIs, Red TI8s and RP flares scatted over wide area. Sgt L R Chisnall (R/AG)
F/Sgt R E Oliver (P)
Sgt G T Barlow (F/Eng)
P/O F R Clarke (Nav)
F/Sgt W S Bryans (A/B)
Sgt W Manderson (W/Op)
Sgt W Russell (R/AG)
EE107 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 20.01. Defences quiet. Fighter flares seen from DUTCH Coast to targets.

[Squadron CO W/Cdr Bennett 2nd pilot]
W/Cdr J J Bennett (P)
S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
DV343 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 20.00hrs. Bombed too early to assess results. Holed in starboard petrol tank by heavy flak just as we bombed. P/O D C Dripps (P)
Sgt J C Scott (F/Eng)
F/O J E Stewart (Nav)
Sgt W T Sibley (A/B)
Sgt D Campbell (W/Op)
Sgt R Gillies (MU/AG)
F/O G C Orme (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 20.07 hrs. Orange glow on cloud. Trip very uneventful. Sgt H F J Woods (P)
Sgt T A Thompson (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J R E Legere (A/B)
Sgt L F Wright (W/Op)
Sgt J C Atherton (MU/AG)
Sgt M Miles (A/B)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
JA934 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 20.06. Bomber centre of Green TIs. W/Cdr B Bell (P)
Sgt L B Martin (F/Eng)
W/O A Selman (Nav)
F/O R C Rice (A/B)
Sgt B G Davies (W/Op)
Sgt C Gregory (MU/AG)
Sgt W J Brown (R/AG)
DV345 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 290.02hrs. Bombed RP flares. No fires seen. Route markers very good and helpful. F/O R H Mawle (P)
F/O G M G de Menten de Horne (Nav)
Sgt J R Rounding (A/B)
Sgt M G Capel (W/Op)
Sgt C W Taylor (MU/AG)
Sgt E Skelton (R/AG)
Sgt Anderson (F/Eng)
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 20.04hrs. Bombed centre of RP Flares. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
DV192 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 20.04hrs, Attack seemed much too scattered. W/O G K Peasgood (P)
Sgt S Sykes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W P Morris (Nav)
F/Sgt G Walker (A/B)
F/Sgt S J Richards (W/Op)
Sgt S J L Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt P P Clarkin (R/AG)
ED730 Returned Abandoned. WT / RT. DR Compass unserviceable. Coolant leak on Port Outer causing overheating. Sperry panel unserviceable Sgt W C Gundry (R/AG)
F/Sgt W R Cooper (P)
Sgt G W Claydon (F/Eng)
Sgt A R Laurence (Nav)
F/Sgt G W Guest (A/B)
Sgt R W Theobald (W/Op)
Sgt A H Bowers (MU/AG)
ED536 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 20.07hrs. Glow seen under cloud PFF effective and on time. Difficulties on landing at BASE. W/O T E Boyle (Nav)
F/L J O Richard (P)
Sgt A G Day (F/Eng)
Sgt R W Scott (A/B)
F/Sgt W G Rate (W/Op)
Sgt W J Carthew (MU/AG)
Sgt T J Connaghan (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 20/08hrs. Black smoke seen below cloud and glow of fires to NE. F/L A B Craig (P)
Sgt L C Woodcock (F/Eng)
F/Sgt E M England (Nav)
W/O L W Notman (A/B)
F/O L W Denton (W/Op)
Sgt R S Pilson (R/AG)
F/Sgt S H Brasher (MU/AG)
DV305 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 20.04hrs. Several patches of glow on cloud spreading as aircraft left although looking back it seemed rather extended. F/O G A Morrison (P)
Sgt P W Wise (F/Eng)
F/O F W Bennett (Nav)
F/O R Warren (A/B)
Sgt H C Gilbert (W/Op)
Sgt J M Cantor (MU/AG)
Sgt J McKenzie (R/AG)
JA712 Returned Abandoned. Rear turret unserviceable.

[Ed: 'H' in ORB (unexpected aircraft service number). JA712 is a guess.]
F/O G B Hoddle (P)
Sgt D P Dingle (F/Eng)
F/O J W Bryan (Nav)
Sgt K M Fairbairn (A/B)
Sgt S G Hubbard (W/Op)
F/Sgt J K Boothroyd (MU/AG)
Sgt T F Quine (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (17 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 17 Dec 1943 17 Dec 1943 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but there was a Stand-down. Air and ground training continued.

Operation/Target: - (18 Dec 1943 - 18 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 18 Dec 1943 18 Dec 1943 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but there was a Stand-down. Air and ground training continued.

Operation/Target: - (19 Dec 1943 - 19 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 19 Dec 1943 19 Dec 1943 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but there was a Stand-down. Air and ground training continued.

Operation/Target: Frankfurt (20 Dec 1943 - 20 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Frankfurt 20 Dec 1943 20 Dec 1943 N Thirteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in FRANKFURT. Two aircraft returned early but the remainder successfully attached targets and returned safely to BASE. Air and ground training was carried out during the day and night.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE107 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 19.39hrs. Bombed on green TI markers. Good concentration of fires. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
DV306 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 19.44hrs. Some scattered fires reflected on cloud before bombing. Good red fires seen as aircraft left target area. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 19.42hrs. Not many target marks seen. RP flares most concentrated. F/Sgt R E Oliver (P)
Sgt G T Barlow (F/Eng)
P/O F R Clarke (Nav)
F/Sgt W S Bryans (A/B)
Sgt W Manderson (W/Op)
Sgt W Russell (R/AG)
Sgt W J Brown (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 19.45hrs. PFF very poor. Two large explosions seen. Only scattered incendiary fires. F/L W H Waycott (A/G)
F/L A B Craig (P)
P/O E M England (Nav)
Sgt L C Woodcock (F/Eng)
F/Sgt E M England (Nav)
W/O L W Notman (A/B)
F/O L W Denton (W/Op)
Sgt R S Pilson (R/AG)
DV345 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 19.43hrs. Attack seemed very scattered at outset. One large explosion observed at 19.50hrs which lit up cloud for approx. 5 seconds. F/O R H Mawle (P)
Sgt P P O'Meara (F/Eng)
F/O G M G de Menten de Horne (Nav)
Sgt J R Rounding (A/B)
Sgt M G Capel (W/Op)
Sgt C W Taylor (MU/AG)
Sgt E Skelton (R/AG)
ED730 Returned Abandoned. Port outer engine unserviceable. Suspected coolant leak. Unable to gain height above 14,000 ft. F/Sgt W R Cooper (P)
Sgt G W Claydon (F/Eng)
Sgt A R Laurence (Nav)
F/Sgt G W Guest (A/B)
Sgt R W Theobald (W/Op)
Sgt J Rawson (R/AG)
Sgt J A Jordan (MU/AG)
LM321 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 19.45hrs. Bo green TIs. Good solid glare of fires on clouds. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
LM425 Returned Abandoned. Heat in hydraulics to mid-upper turret causing failure of turret gunners thermal clothing, oil saturated and smoking. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
F/O R Warren (A/B)
DV192 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 19.43hrs. Bombed read and green RP flares. Fires will spread over area. Consider it will be a good attack. W/O G K Peasgood (P)
Sgt S Sykes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W P Morris (Nav)
F/Sgt G Walker (A/B)
F/Sgt S J Richards (W/Op)
Sgt S J L Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt P P Clarkin (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 19.46hrs. Area marked by incendiaries, had every appearance of being a town. Slight heavy flak in one engine. Twice intercepted near target. Could not fire as guns were frozen. Sgt H F J Woods (P)
Sgt M E Giles (Nav)
F/Sgt J R E Legere (A/B)
Sgt L F Wright (W/Op)
Sgt J C Atherton (MU/AG)
Sgt L B Martin (F/Eng)
Sgt J McConnell (R/AG)
ED536 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 19.54hrs. Reflection of fires seen on clouds up to 150 miles on homeward run. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 19.44. Bombed green TIs. Markings rather scattered, also fires were mostly incendiary. F/O J G Bryson (P)
Sgt D F Fadden (F/Eng)
Sgt T F M Roxby (Nav)
F/Sgt P H Evans (A/B)
Sgt J E Donnan (W/Op)
Sgt J J Sawkins (MU/AG)
Sgt W C Gundry (R/AG)
DV343 Returned Primary 20500 ft at 19.48. Bombed centre of concentration of fires visible through cloud as no markers visible. P/O D C Dripps (P)
Sgt J C Scott (F/Eng)
F/O J E Stewart (Nav)
Sgt W T Sibley (A/B)
Sgt D Campbell (W/Op)
Sgt R Gillies (MU/AG)
F/O G C Orme (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (21 Dec 1943 - 21 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 21 Dec 1943 21 Dec 1943 Y Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down.

Operation/Target: - (22 Dec 1943 - 22 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 22 Dec 1943 22 Dec 1943 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but there were no operations and air and ground training continued.

Operation/Target: Berlin (23 Dec 1943 - 24 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 23 Dec 1943 24 Dec 1943 N With aircraft loaned from 100 Sqdn, seventeen aircraft and crews were briefed for operations and to attack targets in BERLIN. Two aircraft cancelled at the last moment owing to unserviceability. Shortly after take-off two aircraft collided in mid-air, crashed and were burnt out, the crews of both being killed. One aircraft did not return - no news after take off. Two aircraft returned early, the remainder successfully attacked the targets and in spite of very bad weather conditions over BASE - GRIMSBY landed safely.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
ED730 FTR Aircraft crashed at Fulstow after collision with K/550. All crew killed.
[Ed: Crew listed as flying ED730 on Lost Bombers site, but LM319 on ORB (with LM319 lost later on 21 May 1944).]
Sgt D G Davies (F/Eng)
Sgt H F J Woods (P)
Sgt M E Giles (Nav)
F/Sgt J R E Legere (A/B)
Sgt L F Wright (W/Op)
Sgt J C Atherton (MU/AG)
Sgt J McConnell (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 20500 ft at 04.09hrs. Bombed green TI markers. Only two glows of red fires seen through clouds. Large explosion at 04.10hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
DV345 Returned Last resort overflakee[???] 01.35hrs. 19,000 ft. Bombed ISLE of THOLEN. Starboard outer engine unserviceable, oil leak. Tried to bomb defences at W.SCHOUWEN but could not reach it. F/O R H Mawle (P)
Sgt P P O'Meara (F/Eng)
F/O G M G de Menten de Horne (Nav)
Sgt J R Rounding (A/B)
Sgt M G Capel (W/Op)
Sgt C W Taylor (MU/AG)
Sgt E Skelton (R/AG)
Sgt W L Bradley (P)
DV306 Returned Primary 20,500 ft at 04.06 1/2hrs. Marking good with plenty of R.P. flares. Good fires to south of target reflected on clouds visible up to 80 miles. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
JB604 FTR Collided with G2/550 and crashed at FULSTON at 00.30hrs. Pilot, F/Eng and Navigator killed. Other members of crew not yet identified.

[Ed: Listed as 100 Sqdn ND327 on Lostbombers site.]
F/Sgt W R Cooper (P)
Sgt G W Claydon (F/Eng)
Sgt A R Laurence (Nav)
F/Sgt G W Guest (A/B)
Sgt R W Theobald (W/Op)
Sgt J Rawson (R/AG)
Sgt J A Jordan (MU/AG)
LM321 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 04.07hrs. Tracer suddenly focused on our aircraft from port bow causing strikes. Rear gunner returned fire as dark shadow of presumed enemy aircraft appeared astern. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
ED750 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 04.11hrs. one large fire with flame coming up several hundred feet. Hit by light flak in windscreen, fuselage and wing.

[Ed: ORB shows a 2nd Nav (Sgt Pickford) was flying.]
W/O G W Brook (P)
Sgt E V Condell (F/Eng)
Sgt E G Patterson (Nav)
Sgt H S Ferdinando (A/B)
Sgt J J McAnaney (W/Op)
Sgt J Godsave (MU/AG)
Sgt J Flynn (R/AG)
Sgt V J Pickford (Nav)
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 04.03hrs. Marking quite good. Bombed green TI 6 large red flares seen and some incendiary fires. Attack seemed to be mainly east of town. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
Sgt R N Aitken (A/B)
DV192 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 04.08hrs. Attack should be very effective and concentrated. 2 explosions seen, one large white one at 04.11hrs the second which had an orange coloured reflection at 04.24 hrs in target area. W/O G K Peasgood (P)
Sgt S Sykes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W P Morris (Nav)
F/Sgt G Walker (A/B)
F/Sgt S J Richards (W/Op)
Sgt S J L Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt P P Clarkin (R/AG)
DV343 FTR Missing. No news after take off P/O D C Dripps (P)
Sgt J C Scott (F/Eng)
F/O J E Stewart (Nav)
Sgt W T Sibley (A/B)
Sgt D Campbell (W/Op)
Sgt R Gillies (MU/AG)
F/O G C Orme (R/AG)
ED536 Returned Abandoned over BASE at 00.03hrs. 15000 ft due to rear turret being unserviceable. F/O J G Bryson (P)
Sgt D F Fadden (F/Eng)
Sgt T F M Roxby (Nav)
F/Sgt P H Evans (A/B)
Sgt J E Donnan (W/Op)
Sgt J J Sawkins (MU/AG)
Sgt W C Gundry (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 04.00hrs. Bombed centre of R/G R/P flares. Large explosion at 04.25hrs F/O G A Morrison (P)
Sgt P W Wise (F/Eng)
F/O F W Bennett (Nav)
F/O R Warren (A/B)
Sgt H C Gilbert (W/Op)
Sgt J M Cantor (MU/AG)
Sgt J McKenzie (R/AG)
ME556 Returned JU88 seen 500yds astern. Rear gunner opened fire ME109 300 ft above opened fire. Aircraft evaded and enemy aircraft lost. No return fire. Returned on three enginees. Starboard inner caught fire during bombing run. Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt R E Oliver (P)
Sgt G T Barlow (F/Eng)
P/O F R Clarke (Nav)
F/Sgt W S Bryans (A/B)
Sgt W Manderson (W/Op)
Sgt W Russell (R/AG)
JB289 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 04.05hrs. Big fire glimpsed in cloud break. W/O J I Miller (P)
Sgt R E White (F/Eng)
Sgt D V H Evans (Nav)
Sgt P H Hurst (A/B)
Sgt G E Brown (W/Op)
Sgt T K M Williams (MU/AG)
Sgt F C Thomas (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 04.08hrs. Very well concentrated attack and there seemed to be a lot of incendiary fires. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (24 Dec 1943 - 24 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 24 Dec 1943 24 Dec 1943 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but there were no operations during this period. Weather conditions were poor.

Operation/Target: - (25 Dec 1943 - 25 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 25 Dec 1943 25 Dec 1943 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down.
Station Summary
Officers and Senior N.C.O.s attended dinner in Airmens Mess at 12.30
Dance held in N.A.A.F.I during evening to which were invited residents who had extended hospitality.

Operation/Target: - (26 Dec 1943 - 26 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 26 Dec 1943 26 Dec 1943 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down.

Operation/Target: - (27 Dec 1943 - 27 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 27 Dec 1943 27 Dec 1943 Y Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down. Ground and air training continued.

Operation/Target: - (28 Dec 1943 - 28 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 28 Dec 1943 28 Dec 1943 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down.

Operation/Target: Berlin (29 Dec 1943 - 30 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 29 Dec 1943 30 Dec 1943 N Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered and briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Five aircraft returned early but the remained successfully attached their targets and returned safely to BASE. Orders were received that the Sqdn should remove to RAF Station, NORTH KILLINGHOLME, LINCOLNSHIRE by 3rd January 1944.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 20.18hrs. Seemed a very well concentrated attack. PFF very good. Glow of fire could be seen through cloud as far as HANOVER. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
EE107 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 20.18hrs. Successfull attack. Sky markered well grouped. Reflections of fires visible on cloud up to 100 miles on homeward journey. S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
DV192 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 20.21hrs. PFF markers well placed and concentrated. Reflection of fires seen for 70 miles from target. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
ND326 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 20.16hrs. Very good attack but would have liked to have seen attack. Heavy flak caused flak holes 15 miles south of HANOVER at 19.40hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
ED536 Returned Abandoned over BASE at 5000 ft at 17.05hrs. Port inner engine unserviceable. Boost fluctuating badly. F/O J G Bryson (P)
Sgt D F Fadden (F/Eng)
Sgt T F M Roxby (Nav)
F/Sgt P H Evans (A/B)
Sgt J E Donnan (W/Op)
Sgt J J Sawkins (MU/AG)
Sgt W C Gundry (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Abandoned at 18.06. Starboard engine overheated. W/O T E Boyle (Nav)
F/L J O Richard (P)
Sgt A G Day (F/Eng)
Sgt R W Scott (A/B)
F/Sgt W G Rate (W/Op)
Sgt W J Carthew (MU/AG)
Sgt T J Connaghan (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 20.12hrs. PFF marking RP flares and red and green stars will concentrated. Reflections of fires seen 80 miles form target. F/O D W Cobbin (P)
Sgt F T Stiling (F/Eng)
F/O K L Agnew (Nav)
P/O J L McKeown (A/B)
Sgt R Laverick (W/Op)
Sgt L K Gilmar (MU/AG)
Sgt R Willis (R/AG)
DV176 Returned Abandoned at 17.45hrs at 18,000 ft. Oxygen supply reduced to one third and one half after take-off. Suspected leak in altitude regulator.

[Ed: ORB states DU176. Unclear which aircraft this is or could be. (There is no DV176?. Other?)]
F/L A B Craig (P)
Sgt L C Woodcock (F/Eng)
F/Sgt E M England (Nav)
W/O L W Notman (A/B)
Sgt R S Pilson (R/AG)
F/Sgt S H Brasher (MU/AG)
Sgt B G Davies (W/Op)
LM319 Returned Abandoned at 18.05hrs at 20,000 ft. Naviator on wrong course and heading to NORWAY. F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
Sgt A H Bowers (MU/AG)
Sgt W L Bradley (P)
Sgt S J Harrison (F/Eng)
Sgt V J Pickford (Nav)
Sgt R N Aitken (A/B)
Sgt J Hill (W/Op)
EE139 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 20.17hrs. Glow of fires seen for 125 miles. Frequent explosions were of good size. Weather favourable. Defences more intense and spread out. Flak most of the way on last leg to target. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
DV345 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 20.29hrs. Bombed centre of R.G. flares. Sky markers very promising. Heavy flak holes rear tail and main plane at EMDEM at 21.50hrs. F/O R H Mawle (P)
Sgt P P O'Meara (F/Eng)
F/O G M G de Menten de Horne (Nav)
Sgt J R Rounding (A/B)
Sgt M G Capel (W/Op)
Sgt C W Taylor (MU/AG)
Sgt E Skelton (R/AG)
DV306 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 20.16hrs. A large green glow seen under cloud. A terrific concentration of aircraft. 20 below us as we bombed. Serious lack of markers on homeward run. W/O G W Brook (P)
Sgt E V Condell (F/Eng)
Sgt E G Patterson (Nav)
Sgt H S Ferdinando (A/B)
Sgt J J McAnaney (W/Op)
Sgt J Godsave (MU/AG)
Sgt J Flynn (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Abandoned at MABLETHORPE at 12,000 ft at 17.55hrs. Starboard inner engine oil pressure reduced to 50. Temperature increased to 90 degress. Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt R E Oliver (P)
Sgt G T Barlow (F/Eng)
P/O F R Clarke (Nav)
F/Sgt W S Bryans (A/B)
Sgt W Manderson (W/Op)
Sgt W Russell (R/AG)
LM321 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 20.15hrs. Bombed centre of R.P. flares red and gree. Big explosion 12 miles W.S.W of NEUNUPPEN at 20.40 hrs. F/O G B Hoddle (P)
Sgt D P Dingle (F/Eng)
F/O J W Bryan (Nav)
Sgt K M Fairbairn (A/B)
Sgt S G Hubbard (W/Op)
F/Sgt J K Boothroyd (MU/AG)
Sgt T F Quine (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (30 Dec 1943 - 30 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 30 Dec 1943 30 Dec 1943 Y Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down. Instructions were issued to various sections of the Squadron to commence packing technical equipment, subject to operational requirements, in anticipation of the Squadron move.

Operation/Target: - (31 Dec 1943 - 31 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 31 Dec 1943 31 Dec 1943 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered for operations but Stand down came through early, after crews had been warned ready for briefing. The month has seen the Squadron settling down and taking its part in bombing the Hun. Various "teething" troubles have had to be overcome. The weather has been typical for this time of year. The health of all personnel in the Squadron has been good and everyone is looking forward to their new "home" at RAF Station NORTH KILLINGHOLME. Details of the sorties carried out are attached on F.541 for the month. Where there were no operations, air and ground training was carried out. New crew arriving completed cross-country flights or BULLS-EYES.
Station Summary
No. 2797 A.A. Squadron R.A.F Regiment O/C F/O R H EVERSON arrived. Some were quatered in SHQ Building, and remainder in No.2 Site.
F/O R.A. MURRAY who had reported previous evening for INT/OPS duties, consulted Resident Engineer regarding immediate adaption of Operations and Briefing Rooms for Operational use

Operation/Target: Berlin (01 Jan 1944 - 01 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 01 Jan 1944 01 Jan 1944 N Twelve aircraft with crew were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Two aircraft returned early, one aircraft failed to return to BASE (no news since take-off) and one aircraft on returning, crashed and was burnt out at Whapole Drive, Lincs all the crew being killed. RAF Station SUTTON BRIDGE signalled details of the crash. The remaining aircraft bombed the targets and returned safely, landing base - GRIMSBY.
Station Summary
This date had been tentatively arranged for arrival of 550 Squadron. The Squadron however, operated from WALTHAM on 1/2 Jan and no squadron personnel arrived ay North Killingholme.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 03:17 bombed glow of R/G R/P flare through cloud. F/O G B Hoddle (P)
Sgt D P Dingle (F/Eng)
F/O J W Bryan (Nav)
Sgt K M Fairbairn (A/B)
Sgt S G Hubbard (W/Op)
F/Sgt J K Boothroyd (MU/AG)
Sgt T F Quine (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 20,000 ft. Bombed reflection of green TI on ETA. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
DV345 FTR Crashed at 07:20hrs at WAHPODE DRIVE, near SPALDING. No Survivors. F/O R H Mawle (P)
Sgt P P O'Meara (F/Eng)
F/O G M G de Menten de Horne (Nav)
Sgt J R Rounding (A/B)
Sgt M G Capel (W/Op)
Sgt C W Taylor (MU/AG)
Sgt E Skelton (R/AG)
DV306 Returned Primary 20,000 ft, Bombed at 03:18hrs. A certain amount of concentration was achieved on the target. Defences were negligible. F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
Sgt K Thompson (F/Eng)
DV176 Returned Primary 19,000 ft. Bombed at 03.13 hours glow of fires on cloud as markers has disappeared after run in.
DV505 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 03.18 hrs. Bombing appeared scattered during run up but when we bombed appeared more concentrated. Reddish yellow glow appeared through cloud.
DV189 FTR Missing. No news after take-off. F/O J G Bryson (P)
Sgt D F Fadden (F/Eng)
Sgt T F M Roxby (Nav)
F/Sgt P H Evans (A/B)
Sgt J E Donnan (W/Op)
Sgt J J Sawkins (MU/AG)
Sgt W C Gundry (R/AG)
DV192 Returned Abandoned. Port Outer engine unserviceable. S gear would not engage port outers thereby making crew run late on time. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
EE107 Returned Abandoned. Rear turret unservicable, Unable to rotate. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
ND328 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 03.13hrs. Markings very scattered. Very few greens, Wind broadcast very good. F/Lt G A Davison (P)
Sgt L B Martin (F/Eng)
W/O A Selman (Nav)
F/O R C Rice (A/B)
Sgt B G Davies (W/Op)
Sgt C Gregory (MU/AG)
Sgt W J Brown (R/AG)
ND388 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 03.13hrs. P.F.F seemed too late and the backers up were missing.

[Ed. F/Lt K Aleaavy was flying as 2nd Nav.]
S/L K MacAleavey (Nav)
S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
JB563 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 03.19hrs. Bombed glow of red/green flares.

Operation/Target: Berlin (02 Jan 1944 - 03 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 02 Jan 1944 03 Jan 1944 N Eleven aircraft were offered for operations, three subsequently being withdrawn owing to unserviceability. The remainder briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Three aircraft returned early, but the remainder successfully bombed the targets and on returing to this country, owing to bad weather conditions were landed at various bases.
Station Summary
550 Squadron again operated from WALTHAM.
9550 Servicing Echelon, C.O. F/L G COOPER having, been formed on 25/11/43, arrived today, complete with Electrical Section.
F/O H G GARDINER, Station Armament Officer, has been on duty for the last few days arranging for equipment to be transferred from WALTHAM. Bomb trolleys arrived today.
S/Ldr E R BARKER Station Intelligence Officer arrived today from Wickenby.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 16,000 ft at 02.54hrs. Diverted to Middleton St. George. Engaged ME.109 at 03.05hrs over BERLIN. M.U.G. opened fire. Aircraft seen hit in engine and burst into flames and go straight down into centre of fire over target. F/O G B Hoddle (P)
Sgt D P Dingle (F/Eng)
F/O J W Bryan (Nav)
Sgt K M Fairbairn (A/B)
Sgt S G Hubbard (W/Op)
F/Sgt J K Boothroyd (MU/AG)
Sgt T F Quine (R/AG)
LM425 Returned Abandoned due to two W/T messages from 1 Group at23.30hurs amd 00.01hrs reading land at [...unreadable...]. Negative messages received at 00.30hrs. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
DV176 Returned Primary 19,000 feet at 03.06hrs. Late take off caused lateness of target. Enemy aircraft opened fire at 600yards. Our aircraft made a diving turn and lost enemy aircraft.
DV505 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.49 hrs. Diverted to Middleton St. George. Bombed flares and green stars. Well concentrated.
ND403 Returned Mission abandonend. Late on take off and unable to climb above 15,500 ft on reaching enemy coast. Possible cause icing.
EE107 Returned Abandoned. Rear turret unservicable, Diverted to EXETER. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.50hrs. Diverted to CROFT. Not considered very successful attack. Markers very scattered.
DV192 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.51hrs. Diverted to Middleton St. Gerge. Bombed centre of concentration of Red flares with Green Stars.

Operation/Target: - (03 Jan 1944 - 03 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 03 Jan 1944 03 Jan 1944 Y On this date the Squadron removed to RAF Station NORTH KILLINGHOLME, GRIMSBY, LINCOLNSHIRE. Owing to the move the Squadron was stood down from operations. The advance party had arrived on the 1st January and on this date the Air and main parties arrived leaving a rear party at RAF Station GRIMSBY.
Station Summary
Squadron personnel began to arrive from Waltham. Aircraft of 550 Squadron taking part in the operation of 2/3 Jan landed here direct from stations to which they had been diverted on that operation. A considerable addition was made to WAAF strength by posting of 25 airwomen from Waltham. Total WAAF strength now 35.

Operation/Target: - (04 Jan 1944 - 04 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 04 Jan 1944 04 Jan 1944 Y The Squadron was stood down from operations and personnel proceded to get established in their various sections and quarters.
Station Summary
Main armament equipment for 550 Squadron arrived by road. Further personnel of 550 Squadron arrived from Waltham. The layout of the station Operations Block, adjacent to Admin Block on S.H.Q site, has been discussed at length by the Station Commander with Int/Ops staff, Contractors Agents, and Resident Engineer. It has now been possible to divert Contractors from completion of Operations Room (so-called) to preparation of the smaller by adequate room (laid down as Interrogation Room) which it has been decided to use as Operations Room. Maps and other fittings have yet to be installed but a started has now been made to line Operations Room with fibre boarding and to build adequate Map Board and Black-Boards in Briefing Room. Operatioanl Telephone system is now in working order, and all necessary extensions of the tie-line are installed. The preparation of Maps is well forward. Absence of cupboard space makes it difficult to classify and file the lasrge quantiy of materials recevied from 13 Base., but everything possible is being done to prepare for the contingency of an operation within the next few days, priority being given to essnetial requirements.

Operation/Target: - (05 Jan 1944 - 05 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 05 Jan 1944 05 Jan 1944 Y Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations but the Squadorn was stood down. Air and ground training was carried out.
Station Summary
Station M.T. Section, so far handicapped by lack of vehicles, were today called upon to move main party of 550 Squadron from Waltham together with equipment. Squadron personnel were accomodated on Nos 4 and 5 Sites. Arrival of 2 Clerks S.D. and a Sergeant Watchkeeper (WAAF) enabled considerable progress to be made in pareparation of Operations Block in the absence of other assistance. 13 Base Armament Officer visited site.

Operation/Target: - (06 Jan 1944 - 06 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 06 Jan 1944 06 Jan 1944 Y Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations but again the Squadorn was stood down.
Station Summary
S/O M R E BRITTEN (WAAF Int/Ops) arrived from HEMSWELL.
Station Armament Officer held conference of N.C.Os of 550 Squadron Armament Section to discuss coordination of bombing-up with Station Armament Personnel.

Operation/Target: - (07 Jan 1944 - 07 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 07 Jan 1944 07 Jan 1944 Y Eleven aircraft with crews were offered for operations but there was another stand down. Air and ground training was continued.
Station Summary
550 Squadron offer 9 aircraft for operations and none for Bulls-eye.
Operations Room and Briefing Room though still lacking many refinements are adequate for Operational purposes. After all preparations had been made to operate the Squadron was stood down.
Moon period - Bomber Command stand down.

Operation/Target: - (08 Jan 1944 - 08 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 08 Jan 1944 08 Jan 1944 Y Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations but the Squadron was "stood down". Weather conditions this time were bad with mist and fog. Ground training continued.
Station Summary
550 Squadron offer 10 aircraft for operations but again stood-down.

Operation/Target: - (09 Jan 1944 - 09 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 09 Jan 1944 09 Jan 1944 Y Eight aircraft with crews were offered but were again "stood down". Air and ground training continued where possible.
Station Summary
Command stand-down.
Station Armament Officer visited WALTHAM regarding Armament Equipment.

Operation/Target: - (10 Jan 1944 - 10 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 10 Jan 1944 10 Jan 1944 Y Eight aircraft with crews were offered but were "stood down". Air and ground training continued.
Station Summary
Command stand-down (Moon Period). Every advantage of it is being taken to sort out minor difficulties of organisation and equipment generally on the Station.
Today the Electrical Section has been able to fix temporarily accumulator charging boards in the assumulator room. The Chief Technical Offer of 13 Base held a conference here of all technical officers and NCOs on the Station to dicuss maintenance of operational efficiency.

Operation/Target: - (11 Jan 1944 - 11 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 11 Jan 1944 11 Jan 1944 Y Eight aircraft with crews were offered but were again "stood down". Training was continued.
Station Summary
S/Ldr WARD-JACKSON and F/O POTTS (WAAF) from Air Ministry, ARW2, visited Station. Stand-down continues.

Operation/Target: - (12 Jan 1944 - 12 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 12 Jan 1944 12 Jan 1944 Y Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but "stand down" came through early. Air and ground training was continued.
Station Summary
Stand-down continues.

Operation/Target: - (13 Jan 1944 - 13 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 13 Jan 1944 13 Jan 1944 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but "stand down" continued. Air and ground training completed.
Station Summary
Stand-down continues.
Under the chairmanship of F/Lt G COOPER (O.C. 9550 Servicing Echelon), who has been appointed Station Entertainments Officer, a meeting was held in the NAAFI to draw up a programme of entertainments for the Station. Since the beginning of the month, two film shows a week have been given and 2 ENSA stage entertainments have been obtained in spite of the handicap of inadequate accommodation. A Station Entertainments Committee has today been appointed bythose present at t his meeting, and consists of: Cpl HAYME (9550 Servicing Echelon), Cpl. JENKINS (SHQ), Cpl, McGUIRE (SHQ), Cpl. HOLNEY (SHQ), Cpl. BOARDMAN (SHQ), ACW MITCHELL (MT), ACW WATSON (MT) and LACW EARL (MT). Proposal to form a Dramatic Society and a Station Band and to equip a stage and cinema hall were discussed.

Operation/Target: Brunswick (14 Jan 1944 - 15 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Brunswick 14 Jan 1944 15 Jan 1944 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered for operations and were briefed to attack targets in BRUNSWICK. One aircraft did not take off owing to unserviceability, two aircraft returned early (abortives) and one aircraft did not return (no news since take-off) and is, with the crew posted as "missing". Eight aircraft successfully bombed the targets and returned safely to base.
Station Summary
11 aircraft of 550 Squadron were detailed to take part in a heavy attack on BRUNSWICK, Preparations for this first operation went, on the whole, smoothly, although the early take-off called for maximum speed and an all-out effort from still under-established ground-staffs. Bombing-up was duly completed and 11 aircraft took off in 37 minutes. 2 sorties were abortive; 1 aircraft was missing and 1 landed at WOODBRIDGE due to engine failure. The remaining 7 aircraft, which claim to have attacked the primary target, were landed at base all within 18 mins by portable lighting, the Drem lighting system being unfinished.
A timely demonstration of bomb-handling by a special party from 1 Group Headquarters proved of value to the Station Bomb Stores personnel.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
ME556 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 18.16hrs. Bombed southern tip Texel. Starboard inner cut. Engine feathered. Loss of height made continuation inadviseable. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ND396 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 19.15hrs. Hit by predicted flak. Damage port inner engine.

[Ed: ORB says NB396, but this is possibly a typo and ND396 is meant.]
S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 19.18hrs. Incendiaries hung up over target.

[Squadron CO W/Cdr Bennett pilot]
W/Cdr J J Bennett (P)
W/O T E Boyle (Nav)
F/L J O Richard (P)
Sgt A G Day (F/Eng)
Sgt R W Scott (A/B)
F/Sgt W G Rate (W/Op)
Sgt W J Carthew (MU/AG)
Sgt T J Connaghan (R/AG)
DV306 FTR Missing - no news after take-off.

[Ed: this was the first crew lost since the squadron moved to North Killingholme.]
F/O D W Cobbin (P)
Sgt F T Stiling (F/Eng)
F/O K L Agnew (Nav)
P/O J L McKeown (A/B)
Sgt R Laverick (W/Op)
Sgt L K Gilmar (MU/AG)
Sgt R Willis (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 19.19hrs. Bombed 1/2 miles to port of Sky Markers. Inter-communication momentarily unserviceable on run up. Bomb Aimer unable to direct Pilot. F/O G B Hoddle (P)
Sgt D P Dingle (F/Eng)
F/O J W Bryan (Nav)
Sgt K M Fairbairn (A/B)
Sgt S G Hubbard (W/Op)
F/Sgt J K Boothroyd (MU/AG)
Sgt T F Quine (R/AG)
ND403 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 19.45hrs
DV176 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 19.16hrs. Returned on 2 1/2 engines. Landed at WOODBRIDGE.
EE139 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 19.19hrs. All incendiaries brought back. Believed due to electric failure. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Inter-communication unserviceable. Returned early. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 19.18hrs F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
EE107 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 19.31hrs W/O G K Peasgood (P)
Sgt S Sykes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W P Morris (Nav)
F/Sgt G Walker (A/B)
F/Sgt S J Richards (W/Op)
Sgt S J L Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt P P Clarkin (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (15 Jan 1944 - 15 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 15 Jan 1944 15 Jan 1944 Y Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but were "stood down". Air and ground training continued.
Station Summary
Last night's operation has given each of the many sections concerned its first test under working conditions. For the first time, newly assembled Station and Squadron personnel have coordinated their activities to ensure a successful operation.
Results have been satisfactory. Though there have inevitably been some improvisations to make up for the lask of certins facilities not yet obained, coordintation has been adequate and there have been no serious difficulties of organisation. "Make and mend" is the order of the day. The Station Commander held a conference to discuss questions of station personnel and establishment vacancies. F/Lt BEATTIE, Base Electrical Officer, gave a lecture tp aircrew on electrical and oxygen systems. And a second demonstration of bomb-handling was given by the party from 1 Group Headquarters to Station and Squadron Armament personnel.

Operation/Target: - (16 Jan 1944 - 16 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 16 Jan 1944 16 Jan 1944 Y Nine aircraft with crews were offered, but were again "stood down", and air and ground training continued.
Station Summary
Squadron Officer HARDING (1 Group Headquarters) and F/O GUTHRIE (13 Base) inspected Station WAAF quarters.

Operation/Target: - (17 Jan 1944 - 17 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 17 Jan 1944 17 Jan 1944 Y Nine aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but another "stand down" enabled air and ground training to be continued.
Station Summary
Command stand-down.
Int/Ops Section endeavoured to arrange for supply of training films to be shown to aircrew, also security and general instructional films for general release in station cinemas.
3 films promised on loan by Group Headquarters, and other sources are being contacted with a view to presenting the security angle to all activities on an operational station.

Operation/Target: - (18 Jan 1944 - 18 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 18 Jan 1944 18 Jan 1944 Y Eleven aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but were "stood down". Air and ground training was continued.
Station Summary
Command stand-down.

Operation/Target: - (19 Jan 1944 - 19 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 19 Jan 1944 19 Jan 1944 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but were "stood down". Air and ground training was carried out.
Station Summary
Command stand-down. RAF Officers' Ward and O.R's Ward opened in Station Sick Quarters, where 8 beds are equipped.

Operation/Target: Berlin (20 Jan 1944 - 21 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 20 Jan 1944 21 Jan 1944 N Eleven aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. One aircraft did not take off owing to unserviceability and one aircraft returned early with engine trouble. Nine aircraft successfully bombed their targets and returned safely to BASE.
Station Summary
11 aircraft of 550 Squadron detailed for major attack on Berlin. 1 was cancelled because of u/s rear turret. Of the remaining ten sorties, 9 claim to have attacked Berlin, while 1 was abortive. In spite of even shorter notice of this operation than the last, preparations were adequate for the eary take-off called for, and bombing-up was completed.
The A.O.C. 1 Group, air Vice Marshal Rice, accompanied by the acting Base Commander, 13 Base Group Captain Dickens, arrived after briefing and remained to watch take-off. The S.I.O. of 1 Group, S/Ldr Foster, accompanied by the S.I.O 13 Base, S/Ldr Dale, also by F/Lt Gould (Intelligence 1 Group Headquarters) also visited us. F/Lt Gibson, S.I.O. ELSHAM WOLDS, paid a short visit to the Station during interrogation.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
ND396 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 19.35hrs

[Ed: ORB says NB396, but this is possibly a typo and ND396 is meant.]
S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LM425 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 19.47hrs
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000 at 19.40hrs

[Squadron CO W/Cdr Bennett pilot]
W/Cdr J J Bennett (P)
F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 19.37hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Returned early. Starboard outer engine unserviceable.
EE107 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 19.39hrs W/O G K Peasgood (P)
Sgt S Sykes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W P Morris (Nav)
F/Sgt G Walker (A/B)
F/Sgt S J Richards (W/Op)
Sgt S J L Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt P P Clarkin (R/AG)
ED408 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 19.37hrs
LM319 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 19.42hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt P W Wise (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 19.45hrs

[Ed. ORB says aircraft ED425, but ND425 is assumed as ED425 is not a recognised service number, and ND425 was the frequent aircraft for this crew.]
F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 19.49hrs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Magdeburg (21 Jan 1944 - 22 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Magdeburg 21 Jan 1944 22 Jan 1944 N Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in MADGEBURG. One aircraft did not take off owing to unserviceability, two aircraft returned early. Six aircraft successfully attacked the targets and returned safely to BASE. One aircraft did not return to BASE - no news since take off.
Station Summary
OPERATIONS
10 aircraft of 550 Squadron were detailed to attack MAGDEBURG. 1 was cancelled because of u/s rear turret, 2 of the remaining 9 were abortive, and 1 aircraft was missing.
TRAINING
A Command Bullseye was laid on for which 550 Squadron offered 1 aircraft. This took off but abandoned the course due to GEE trouble.
ORGANIZATION
F/Lt SHILLITER, 1 Group Gas and Fire Officer, visited the Station and inspected the incomplete Gas and Fire Station to which P/O BEESTON, who arrived yesterday as Gs and Fire Officer, is now giving his attention.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 23.01hrs
LL747 Returned Returned early. Gee unserviceable W/O T E Boyle (Nav)
F/L J O Richard (P)
Sgt A G Day (F/Eng)
Sgt R W Scott (A/B)
F/Sgt W G Rate (W/Op)
Sgt W J Carthew (MU/AG)
Sgt T J Connaghan (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Returned early. Port outer engine unserviceable P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 23.15hrs F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
EE107 FTR Missing. No news after take off. W/O G K Peasgood (P)
Sgt S Sykes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W P Morris (Nav)
F/Sgt G Walker (A/B)
F/Sgt S J Richards (W/Op)
Sgt S J L Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt P P Clarkin (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 23.09hrs
ND403 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 23.24hrs
DV305 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 23.11hrs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 23.11hrs F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (22 Jan 1944 - 22 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 22 Jan 1944 22 Jan 1944 Y Nine aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but there was a "stand down".
Station Summary
Stand-down. Group Officer CROWTHER (Bomber Command) accomoanied by Squadron Officer HARDING and Flt. Officer GUTHRIE visited Station, and discussed WAAF organisation and welfare with S/O ESCOTT, WAAF Admin Officer.

Operation/Target: - (23 Jan 1944 - 23 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 23 Jan 1944 23 Jan 1944 Y Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but were "stood down". Air and ground training was continued.
Station Summary
Base Armament Officer visited Station and discussed bombing-up efficiency and procedure with Station Armament Officer. Stand-down.

Operation/Target: - (24 Jan 1944 - 24 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 24 Jan 1944 24 Jan 1944 Y Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but were "stood down". Air and ground training was continued.

Operation/Target: - (25 Jan 1944 - 25 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 25 Jan 1944 25 Jan 1944 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered, but "stand down" came through after crews had been briefed.
Station Summary
14 aircraft of 550 Squadron were detailed for another heavy attack on Berlin. The operation was cancelled just prior to take-off.
Gas and Fire Officer established liaison with Killingholme branch of the NFS, who promised him every assistance in case of need. The assurance is valuable, as the equiment of this particular detachment is extermely efficient and plentiful, Several station crash tender practices have been held since the beginning of the month and results have been satisfactory.
Squadron Officer HARDING visited Station to deliver a lecture to all ranks of WAAF on morals and behaviour.

Operation/Target: - (26 Jan 1944 - 26 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 26 Jan 1944 26 Jan 1944 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but were "stood down". Air and ground training continued.
Station Summary
Command stand-down.

Operation/Target: Berlin (27 Jan 1944 - 28 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 27 Jan 1944 28 Jan 1944 N Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered and briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Four aircraft returned early, but the remaining ten successfully bombed the target and returned safely to BASE.
Station Summary
OPERATIONS
Berlin operation again laid on. 14 aircraft of 550 Squadron were detailed. 10 claimed to atack Berlin. Remaining 4 were abortive sorties.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 18,000 ft at 20.34 1/2 hrs F/L W H Waycott (A/G)
F/O G B Hoddle (P)
Sgt D P Dingle (F/Eng)
F/O J W Bryan (Nav)
Sgt K M Fairbairn (A/B)
Sgt S G Hubbard (W/Op)
Sgt T F Quine (R/AG)
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 20.39 hrs F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ND403 Returned Primary 20,500 ft at 20.35 hrs
DV176 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 20.33 hrs
ND396 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 20.36 hrs

[Ed: ORB says NB396, but this is possibly a typo and ND396 is meant.]
S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 20.35hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ME582 Returned Returned early. Navigational error S/L P A Nicholas (P)
Sgt J E Legg (F/Eng)
P/O W Dinney (Nav)
Sgt F C Wilkinson (A/B)
F/Sgt B G Todd (W/Op)
Sgt W H Ansell (MU/AG)
Sgt N S Smart (R/AG)
LM425 Returned Returned early. Unable to gain height. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 20.35 hrs F/O G A Morrison (P)
Sgt P W Wise (F/Eng)
F/O F W Bennett (Nav)
F/O R Warren (A/B)
Sgt H C Gilbert (W/Op)
Sgt J M Cantor (MU/AG)
Sgt J McKenzie (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 20,500 ft at 20.35 hrs
ME556 Returned Returned early. Lack of height. Behind time.
DV279 Returned Returned early. Gee and compass unserviceable. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 20.43 hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt T A Thompson (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 20.38 hrs

Operation/Target: Berlin (28 Jan 1944 - 29 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 28 Jan 1944 29 Jan 1944 N Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered and briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Two aircraft returned early, but the remaining eleven dropped their bombs on the target returned safely to BASE.
Station Summary
OPERATIONS
Again Berlin. of 13 aircraft of 550 Squadron detailed, 2 were abortive and 11 claim to have attacked the target.
ORGANIZATION
A Station Post Office was opened on a Class A basis.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
ND396 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 03.20hrs

[Ed: ORB says NB396, but this is possibly a typo and ND396 is meant.]
S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 18,000 ft at 03.19 1/2hrs. Unable to climb above 175000 ft until through front on outward journey. Rime and icing. F/L W H Waycott (A/G)
F/O G B Hoddle (P)
Sgt D P Dingle (F/Eng)
F/O J W Bryan (Nav)
Sgt K M Fairbairn (A/B)
Sgt S G Hubbard (W/Op)
Sgt T F Quine (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 03.24hrs
ED942 Returned Port inner engine caught fire. Feathered and fire went out.
ND463 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 03.24hrs. Bombed centre of three red/green RP flares. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 03.19hrs

[Ed: ORB says "ME381": must be an error as this service number is not recorded anywhere else in the ORB, so "ME581" is assumed.]
F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
JA934 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 03.13hrs
EE139 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 03.18hrs. Starboard outer engine unserviceable from 06.20hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 03.21hrs
DV279 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 03.18hrs
DV305 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 03.38hrs F/O G A Morrison (P)
Sgt P W Wise (F/Eng)
F/O F W Bennett (Nav)
F/O R Warren (A/B)
Sgt H C Gilbert (W/Op)
Sgt J M Cantor (MU/AG)
Sgt J McKenzie (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 03.22hrs
ME582 Returned Returned early. No air pressure to operate Super Charger change gear. Difficult to maintain height.

Operation/Target: - (29 Jan 1944 - 29 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 29 Jan 1944 29 Jan 1944 Y Eleven aircraft with crews were offered but were stood down, most of the aircrews spending a well earned rest in bed.
Station Summary
Command stand-down.
At 2200hrs, a Stirling aircraft (No. EF246) from RAF Swinderby crashed on the foreshore of the Humber in about 2 fathoms of water (Map Ref. 648:379). The site of the crash is 4 miles from this Station amd the aircraft's fall was observed by duty personnal in the Control Office, whose attention was attracted by the noise of the engines. They promptly took the necessary steps to render all the assistance we could offer. The Station Ambulance and both crash tenders were ordered to the scene at once. Unfortunately, this immediate assistance was of no avail as the aircaft was submerged in a position not immediately accessible due to the intervening mudflats. In these circumstances a crash guard was not required, though it had been turned out promptly by the RAF Regienet Flight station here.

Operation/Target: Berlin (30 Jan 1944 - 31 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 30 Jan 1944 31 Jan 1944 N Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. One aircraft did not take off due to unserviceability, one aircraft returned early, and one aircraft did not return - no news since take off. Ten aircraft successfully bombed the target. F/O G.A. Morrison in DV305 was attacked by enemy fighter over BERLIN and the two gunners killed instantaneously. The B/A (F/O Warren) through a misunderstood order, baled out. In spite of severe damage to the aircraft and with no navigational aids, apart from the Moon and Stars, returned safely, landed WOODBRIDGE.
Station Summary
OPERATIONS
12 of the 13 aircraft of 550 Squadron detailed to take part in yet another large assault on BERLIN took off, 1 being cancelled due to hydraulic leak. 10 claim to have atacked the target, 1 sortie was abortive and 1 aircraft is missing. A feature of the raid was the outstanding performance of the crew of O/550. Their story is told in the Station's narrative report No. 1 dated 1/2/44, a copy of which is attached hereto as Appendix 1. As a result of this mission, the captain of O/550, F/O G.A. MORRISON, was awarded an immediate D.S.O. He thus becomes the only present holder of this award on the Station, as well as the first recipient of a decoration of any kind for work done from this Station.
GENERAL
From the Stirling aircraft which crashed yesterday and is now above water 5 bodies have been recovered. Our Medical Officer F/Lt Cunningham and our R & I Engineer F/O Stevens, intervening. Three were identified as Sergeants SPENCE, WALKER and HELSBY.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL747 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 20.22hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt T A Thompson (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 20.25hrs
ME556 Returned Cancelled. Hydraulic pipe unserviceable
ND463 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 20.23hrs F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Returned port inner engine unserviceable. Load brought back.

[Ed: Recorded in pencil on log entry: "? No navigator. No wonder."]

[Ed. Only 6 air-crew are listed in the ORB as flying this op. F/Sgt McIntosh is listed as A/B, whereas on other ops he is the listed Nav, and it is F/Sgt Stockton, the regular A/B with this crew, who is in fact absent. Possible to assume admin error?]
F/Sgt R E Woodger (P)
Sgt D L Jones (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J D McIntosh (Nav)
Sgt R W J Wivell (W/Op)
Sgt V H Mate (MU/AG)
Sgt D Willsdon (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 20,000 ft are 20.28.hrs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
ND396 FTR Missing. No news after take-off

[Ed: ORB says NB396, but this is possibly a typo and ND396 is meant.]
Sgt G Hunter (P)
Sgt J C Cartwright (F/Eng)
F/O G Pickavance (Nav)
Sgt L I Smith (A/B)
Sgt W C Frost (W/Op)
Sgt T W Vittle (MU/AG)
Sgt C V Gale (R/AG)
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 20.23hrs F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 16,000 ft are 20.28.hrs. Aircraft received late. Insufficient time to complete bombing up. F/O G B Hoddle (P)
Sgt D P Dingle (F/Eng)
F/O J W Bryan (Nav)
Sgt K M Fairbairn (A/B)
Sgt S G Hubbard (W/Op)
F/Sgt J K Boothroyd (MU/AG)
Sgt T F Quine (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Landed Woodbridge. F/O G A Morrison (P)
Sgt P W Wise (F/Eng)
F/O F W Bennett (Nav)
F/O R Warren (A/B)
Sgt H C Gilbert (W/Op)
Sgt J M Cantor (MU/AG)
Sgt J McKenzie (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 21,000 ft are 20.25.hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ME582 Returned Primary 21,500 ft are 20.21.hrs S/L P A Nicholas (P)
DV476 Returned Primary 20,000 ft are 20.25.hrs

Operation/Target: - (31 Jan 1944 - 31 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 31 Jan 1944 31 Jan 1944 Y Nine aircraft with crews were offered for operations but sere "stood down".

The month has been noticeable for the number of abortive sorties, mainly due to technical failures. January record is not so good as that for the month of December 1943. The weather was typical for the season of the year, althoufh so far no snow has fallen. Since the Squadron was formed in November 1943 ten aircraft with crews have been lost - missing or killed. The crews were mainly experienced on operations.
Station Summary
GENERAL
1 further body, identified as F/O GRIEG, was today recovered from the wrecked Stirling. It is assumed that of the 8 known occupants the remaining 2 were washed away by the tide.
CONSTRUCTIONAL PROGRESS
During the latter part of the month a transfer of contractors' personnel began from No. 1 to No. 6 site and some progress was made equipping No. 1 site for service personnal.
Nissen huts were ready but alteration and revisions of Lang type huts was taking longer than anticipated.
On the WAAF site five huts and officers' quarters are available for use, but cannot yet be occupied as ablutions and water supply are not yet functioning. No. 6 site, which now houses contractors' workmen, is not available for service personnal. And the Officers' Mess is still only partially occupied due to pending installation of brick fireplaces presented by the contractors, Messers. Higgs and Hill.
The following officers arrived during the month:
1 Jan. F/O H.H. TAYLOUR (Electrical Officer, 9550 Serviing Echelon)
3 Jan. F/Lt. R. CUNNINGHAM (Station Medical Officer)
P/O R. H. NEWBY (Station M.T. Officer)
P/O G. K. A. HOLLETT (Flying Control)
5 Jan. F/O (A/F/L) A. W. STRACHAN (Flying Control)
6 Jan. S/O M.R.E BRITTEN (Int/Ops)
7 Jan. P/O H.H. HOLDEN (Adjutant 9550 Servicing Echelon)
8 Jan. P/O G SYMTHE (Flying Control)
9 Jan. P/O E CAHILL (Meteorological Office)
10 Jan. F/O T M HARRIS (Meteorological Office)
15 Jan. F/O G T STEVENS (Daily Servicing Squadron, SHQ)
17 Jan. F/L F L ROBERTS (Station Adjutant)
20 Jan. P/O K H BEESTON (Gas and Fire Officer) 28 Jan. F/O (A/F/Ll) B. DREMER (Int/Ops) replacing former S.I.O. S/Ldr E. R. Barker posted today to ELSHAM WOLDS)

On 30 Jan No.3 Hispano Flight 2797 A.A. Squadron RAF Regiament left for RAF Station, Sandhoft, C.O. F/O EVERSON, being replaced by a detachment from the No. 2802 Light A.A. Squadron, RAF Regiment, consisting of 2 senior NCOs and 16 O.Rs.
GENERAL
The operational efficiency of the Station has so far been handicapped by lack of facilities and personnel. A contributory cause was the combination of a new Squadron being formed in a new Base on a new Station. Specialist officers from ELSHAM WOLDS, the parent sation, have paid us frequent visits and done what is possible to assist in overcoming our intial difficulties. But at this early stage, much has inevitably depended on progress made in providing buildings and equipment, a matter largely beyond our immediate control. The Station has, however, gradually settled down, and by the end of the month was operating without undue difficulty.
Signed R McIntyre, Group Captain Commanding

Operation/Target: - (01 Feb 1944 - 01 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 01 Feb 1944 01 Feb 1944 Y Eleven aircraft and crews were offered for operations but the Stand Down came through early. Air and ground training was carried out.
Station Summary
Command stand-down. P/O CHARLESWORTH attached from 13 Base HQ for duty as Station Electrical Officer replacing F/O TAYLOUR on leave.

Operation/Target: - (02 Feb 1944 - 02 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 02 Feb 1944 02 Feb 1944 Y Eleven aircraft and crews were offered but again another Stand Down. Air and ground training continued.
Station Summary
GENERAL
With help of technical party sent to our assistance by USAAF, GOXHILL our Lancaster "W" was today replaced on runway. Its port outer engine had cut on landing on 21 Jan causing it to swing into marshy gound, whence all our effors to extract it with RAF equipment had failed. This example of brilliantly successfull "lend-lease" was greatly appreciated.

Operation/Target: - (03 Feb 1944 - 03 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 03 Feb 1944 03 Feb 1944 Y Eleven aircraft and crews were offered Operations but Stood Down. Air and ground training continued and five news crews carried out a "Bulls-eye" successfully.
Station Summary
A local "Bullseye" exercise was held, for which 550 Squadron detailed 5 aircraft manned by new crews. Bomber Command AID Inspecter visited Station to examine explosives nad explosive store housrs. G/C NEWBIGGING, Chief Signals Officer, 1 Group HQ, with S/Ldr. RAY, 13 Base Signals Officier, visited station, and after some discussion arranged that Signals Section should give up some space to Electrical Section, whose accommodation was somewhat cramped.

Operation/Target: - (04 Feb 1944 - 04 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 04 Feb 1944 04 Feb 1944 Y Eleven aircraft and crews were again offered but Stood Down, presumably owing to weather conditions (Moon period). Night flying was laid on for two of the new crews but was cancelled owing to unsuitable weather, just prior to take-off. Training continued where possible.
Station Summary
A Command "Bullseye" exercise was cancelled due to high winds.

Operation/Target: - (05 Feb 1944 - 05 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 05 Feb 1944 05 Feb 1944 Y Information was received that the Squadron would stand down (except for manning fifty percent of all available aircraft) during the main period 5th to 10th February inclusive. This enabled a percentage of aircrew to proceed on 48 hour pass. There were no operations during this period. Training was continued.
Station Summary
Official moon period stand-down commenced.
GENERAL
Lancaster 550/R, landing at 1830 hours, burst its starboard tyre on a "circuits and landings" detail. Starboard unit of undercarriage leg collapsed but there were no injuries. Crash tender arrived in exactly 3 minutes and applied foam to smoking engine from which petrol was leaking. A dangerous blaze was almost certainly prevented by this prompt action which brought credit to fire party.
ORGANIZATION
Lathe, drilling machine and grinders have been installed in Station workshops, and "Arbor" press has arrived but its not yet installed.

Operation/Target: - (06 Feb 1944 - 06 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 06 Feb 1944 06 Feb 1944 Y There were no operations during this period. Air and ground training continued, new crews carried out night circuits and landings.
Station Summary
ADMINISTRATION
Station M.T. Officer P/O NEWBY, delivered a lecture to his personnal on what is expected of M.T. drivers and their behaviour in accident cases and emergencies.

Operation/Target: - (07 Feb 1944 - 07 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 07 Feb 1944 07 Feb 1944 Y There were no operations during this period, aircraft with crews were offered but stood down. New crews carried out night cross country flying and practice bombing.
Station Summary
Station Armament Officer, F/Lt GARDINER, visited North KILLINGHOLME firing range.

Operation/Target: - (08 Feb 1944 - 08 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 08 Feb 1944 08 Feb 1944 Y There were no operations during this period, but new crews completed night cross country flying.
Station Summary
F/Lt DERMER, SIO, attended RAF Station, HEMSWELL for conference of 1 Group SIOs. Major SLATER, 1 Group Flak Liaison Officer, visited this station. We were also privileged to show around a party of 2 naval officer and 17 ratings from IMMINGHAM, by arrangement with 1 Group HQ. They were given some indication of our work by both flying and non-flying personnel and enabled to inspect such parts of several aircraft as were free from security restrictions. Before leaving, the officers expressed their thanks and willingness to reciprocate.
ORGANIZATION
All gas defence buildings have been taken over with exception of gas chamber. Equipment is now being installed to complete them to required standard for use.
A Group signals conference was attended at HQ 1 Group by F/Lt HODGE, Station Signals Officer. The agenda included a plan to simplify defence telephone system at stations. This was heartily approved and is now being done.

Operation/Target: - (09 Feb 1944 - 09 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 09 Feb 1944 09 Feb 1944 Y There were no operations during this period, but new crews completed night flying, circuits and landings and practice bombing. Other crews carried out Gunnery practice and Fighter Affiliation.

On the 9th February 1944 His Majesty the King was pleased to award the IMMEDIATE AWARD of the DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER to 150107 Flying Officer Godfrey Arnold Morrison PILOT of this Squadron.
Station Summary
SF/Lt DERMER , SIO, attended Security Conference at 1 Group HQ.

Operation/Target: - (10 Feb 1944 - 10 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 10 Feb 1944 10 Feb 1944 Y There were no operations during this period. Air training was carried out including Gunnery practice and Fighter affiliation.
Station Summary
ORGANIZATION
Extension to existing battery room was commenced two days ago, to implement policy of 1 centralised battery room for whole station. The shortage of tractors on the station has become acute.

Operation/Target: - (11 Feb 1944 - 11 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 11 Feb 1944 11 Feb 1944 Y Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but stood down. Air and ground training was continued with Gunnery practice and Fighter affiliation receiving preference.

Operation/Target: - (12 Feb 1944 - 12 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 12 Feb 1944 12 Feb 1944 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered for operations but another stand down enabled training to continue. Six crews successfully completed "Bullseye" exercise.
Station Summary
ORGANIZATION
At a meeting of all officers on the station, the L.D.A.(Local Defence Advisor), Major Whipp, outlined the station defence scheme. Discussion followed.

Operation/Target: - (13 Feb 1944 - 13 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 13 Feb 1944 13 Feb 1944 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered and accepted for operations. Crews were briefed to attack targets in BERLIN, but the operation was cancelled during the late afternoon. Two new crews completed night cross country flying.
Station Summary
ORGANIZATION
Until now, temporary pedestal lighing has been used in hanger in conjunction with trolley accumulator inspection lamps. Sodium discharge lighing has been installed and is found to be extremely satisfactory

Operation/Target: - (14 Feb 1944 - 14 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 14 Feb 1944 14 Feb 1944 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but stood down. Owing to bad weather conditions, no flying was possible during this period. Local fog with poor visibility.
Station Summary
ADMINISTRATION
Training of station personnel in gas defence was begun in conjunction with the weekly defence training course. F/O L. A. GUILE was attached from Met. Office 13 Base HQ to replace F/O Harris for 10 days while the latter was on leave.ORGANIZATION
The L.D.A. issued the Station Defence Scheme. As stated in the copy attached as appendix "A" the intention is "to deny the aerodrome to the enemy. The question of withdrawal does not arise". The scheme has been drawn up after detailed discussion and careful examination of personnel establishment and geographical and topographical advantages and disadvantages. Investigations into the use of oxygen in aircraft have led to an increase in supply to mid-upper and rear gunner in order to combat extreme cold. Oxygen charging pressure has been increased from 1800 to 2200 lb. per sq. inch to offset consequent reduction in oxygen endurance.
Discussions have taken place between Station Commander, Squadron Commander and SIO to arrange suitable location for Station Intelligence Library. Meanwhile, a provisional "gen room" has been made available to aircrew in the large and disused Operations Room.

Operation/Target: Berlin (15 Feb 1944 - 16 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 15 Feb 1944 16 Feb 1944 N Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and accepted. Crews were briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Two aircraft did not take-off owing to technical trouble. One aircraft failed to return from the operations - no news since take-off. One aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned on three engines, landing at RAF Station LISSETT, YORKSHIRE. The remaining ten aircraft successfully attacked the targets and returned safely to BASE - NORTH KILLINGHOLME. Two of the new aircraft Pilots flew on the operations as second Pilot.
Station Summary
OPERATIONS
Following a cancellation for the same target two days ago, a large scale Berlin raid was again laid on for tonight, to take part in the largest air operations so far undertaken by Bomber Command against Germany (878 heavy aircraft detailed by Command). 15 aircraft from 550 Squadron were briefed, 14 took off, and one was missing. 3 aircraft stationed at ELSHAM WOLDS found themselves on this airfield's circuit on return in mistake for their own, a mistake they did not discover until they landed here having gone through the motions of calling up ELSHAM WOLDS and touching down here instead of there.
ORGANIZATION
Weekly wearing of gas respirators was instituted, the established period being 0930 to 1000 hours each Tuesday. Instrument Section took over the responsibility of maintaining oxygen mask adaptor tubes for portable oxygen bottles, under new policy that these be fitted in aircraft at all times instead of being on charge to individual members of aircrew.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
DV279 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 21.29hrs. Bombed flares. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
JA712 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 21.31hrs. Bombed flares. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 22,500 ft at 21.24hrs. Bombed R/P flares.
DV309 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 21.33hrs. Bombed green TIs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Abandoned. Danish coast, starboard outer unserviceable. "George" u/s. Oil leak in front turret S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 21.23hrs. Bombed flares. F/L W H Waycott (A/G)
Sgt D Hughes (Nav)
F/O G B Hoddle (P)
Sgt D P Dingle (F/Eng)
F/O J W Bryan (Nav)
Sgt K M Fairbairn (A/B)
Sgt S G Hubbard (W/Op)
Sgt T F Quine (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 21.36hrs. Bombed R/P flares had been shot by flak. No trouble. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
Sgt R H Field (P)
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 21.26hrs. Bombed green TIs F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ME582 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 21.36hrs. Bombed R/P flares. Rear gunner shot at enemy aircraft coming out of target area. No claim or return fire. F/L J S G Crawford (P)
Sgt J R Powell (F/Eng)
F/O P A Lockton (Nav)
Sgt J N Andrew (A/B)
Sgt W J Green (W/Op)
Sgt W V Moss (MU/AG)
Sgt W B Robertson (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 21.35hrs. Bombed fires
ND463 Returned Primary 18,500 ft at 21.36hrs. Landed LISSET.

[Squadron CO W/Cdr Bennett pilot]
W/Cdr J J Bennett (P)
F/L A J Grain (P)
Sgt J Stanley (F/Eng)
F/O M R Oliver (Nav)
F/O E C Jones (A/B)
F/O H W Batt (W/Op)
P/O T N Large (MU/AG)
Sgt J Ellis (R/AG)
JA934 FTR MISSING. NO NEWS AFTER TAKE OFF F/Sgt R E Woodger (P)
Sgt D L Jones (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J D McIntosh (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Stockton (A/B)
Sgt R W J Wivell (W/Op)
Sgt V H Mate (MU/AG)
Sgt D Willsdon (R/AG)
LM392 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 21.45hrs. Bombed fires, quite trip except for shadowing by enemy aircraft in target area. Mid upper and rear gunner fired and claimed strikes. P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (16 Feb 1944 - 16 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 16 Feb 1944 16 Feb 1944 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and accepted but cancellation came through during early afternoon.
Station Summary
Berlin again laid on, 14 aircraft being detailed by 550 Squadron, Cancelled after briefing.
GENERAL
The security film "Somebody Talked" was shown to the audience at the Station Cinema tonight. So far, in spite of repeated requests to various sources for a supply of security and training films, this is the only one received.
ORGANIZATION
S/Ldr BRECKELL, Station Navigation Officer, entered his new office in Operations Block on his arrival today.

Operation/Target: - (17 Feb 1944 - 17 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 17 Feb 1944 17 Feb 1944 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, accepted and stood by but again the operations can cancelled during the afternoon.
Station Summary
Berlin again laid on and cancelled after briefing of 15 aircraft of 550 Squadron.
ORGANIZATION
First gas lecture given to defence training personnel. Standing orders for defended locality commanders and for O.C. Mobile reserve issued by L.D.A. A visit by the Base Armament Officer led to talks of improvements in the bomb stores. W/Cdr SPRINGHAM, 1 Group Equipment Officer, with W/Cdr BURNS 13 Base Equipment Officer, inspected Equipment Section and layout of Station.S/Ldr KING, 1 Group Photographic Officer, paid a visit to the Station Photographic section to see what equipment and alterations were necessary in order to allow of processing of night photogrpahs. These are at present being processed at ELSHAM WOLDS and, so far, work of higher priority has prevented station contractors from attending to minor but essential adjustments, which S/Ldr KING is now taking up with higher authority.
GENERAL
1357848 LAC JOHNSON was involved in accident with an Army despatch rider who was killed. JOHNSON sustained a fractured skull and ribs and was rmoved to KIRMINGTON RAF for treatment and thence to GRIMSBY E.M.S. Hospital. The prompt intervention of Corporal CRUMP, nursing orderly of this station, was reported to the Station Commander, who commended him for his initiative and devotion to duty and brought the incident to the notice of the A.O.C.

Operation/Target: - (18 Feb 1944 - 18 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 18 Feb 1944 18 Feb 1944 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and accepted but for the third successive day cancellation came through in the late afternoon, presumably due to weather conditions.
Station Summary
ORGANIZATION
The Base Commander held at 13 Base HQ a conference of his Station Commanders and Local Defence Advisers and gave his views on defence training and defence methods generally.
Airfield lighting, Mark 2A, is now complete except fo 800 yards marks on runway and AGIs on Nos. 2,3, 5 and 6.
WEATHER
Extremely cold weather has brought a rum ration to ground staff on dispersal duties, on santion of S.M.O. (Station Medical Officer).
GENERAL
Captain JESSEL, R.N. and a party of 24 naval officers and ratings from IMMINGHAM paid a visit to the station. It was necessarily brief, as preparations for an operation (later cancelled) were in full swing. Nevertheless, it was possible to show the party something of the work in progress. Several officers of the party were given permission by the Station COmmander to retrun later to watch take-off. Their enthusiasm in this connection led them to speculate on the possibility of borrowing bicycles in IMMINGHAM to do so. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) no suich demonstration of the Senior Service's agility was required. It was possible to advise them that there would be nothing to see.

Operation/Target: Leipzig (19 Feb 1944 - 20 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Leipzig 19 Feb 1944 20 Feb 1944 N Sixteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in LEIPZIG. Two aircraft did not take-off due to technical failures, two aircraft returned early with engine trouble. One aircraft failed to return - no news since take-off. Eleven aircraft successfully bombed the target nine of whom returned safely and landed at BASE - NORTH KILLINGHOLME. One aircraft landed at RAF Station MANSTON and the second at RAF Station COLTISHALL. One enemy fighter (ME109) was shot down by the gunners in LM392 F/L J. S. G. CRAWFORD, PILOT.
Station Summary
OPERATIONS
16 aircraft of 550 Squadron were detailed to participate in a large-scale attack on LEIPZIG. 14 took off and 1 was missing. Several sorties to other airfields from this operation, one of which, Lancaster 550/J (Captain F/Lt Crawford) touched down at MANSTON after a more than eventful trip, which is recounted in the Station Narrative Report attached as appensidx "B".
The Base Commander of 13 Base, Air Commodore IVELAW-CHAPMAN OBE, DFC, AFC, attended briefing.
ORGANISATION
It has been considered advisable that bomb aimers should attend main briefing in preference to the simultaneous navigators briefing for operations as hitherto. This change has been brought into force forthwith.
Difficulties in catering for increased oxygen charge pressure (see 14 Feb.) mitigated by obtaining extra transport cylinders.
Pending installation of illuminated letters "NK" for airfield identification, 3 gooseneck flares formaing a triangle at port downwind end of runway is use have been introduced.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
DV279 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 04.08hrs, brought back 90 x 4lb incendiaries, due to release grear failing. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
JA712 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 04.03hrs. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 04.13hrs. Glow on cloud and red explosion at 04.14hrs.
ND463 Returned Returned early, super charger to port inner unserviceable.

[Ed: ORB only lists 6 air-crew; no A/B listed present. Assumed that the regular A/B (E C Jones RCAF) would have been present; as flying without the bomb-aimer would seem rather pointless.]
F/L A J Grain (P)
Sgt J Stanley (F/Eng)
F/O M R Oliver (Nav)
F/O E C Jones (A/B)
F/O H W Batt (W/Op)
P/O T N Large (MU/AG)
Sgt J Ellis (R/AG)
LM392 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 0410 hrs and landed at MANSTON. F/L J S G Crawford (P)
Sgt J R Powell (F/Eng)
F/O P A Lockton (Nav)
Sgt J N Andrew (A/B)
Sgt W J Green (W/Op)
Sgt W V Moss (MU/AG)
Sgt W B Robertson (R/AG)
LM461 FTR MISSING, NO NEWS AFTER TAKE OFF F/Sgt J P Harrison (P)
W/O J I Miller (P)
Sgt R E White (F/Eng)
Sgt D V H Evans (Nav)
Sgt P H Hurst (A/B)
Sgt G E Brown (W/Op)
Sgt T K M Williams (MU/AG)
Sgt F C Thomas (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Returned early. Starboard outer cut. S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 04.03hrs. Fire glow well concentrated, seen 100 miles on exit at 04.36hrs. F/O G B Hoddle (P)
Sgt D P Dingle (F/Eng)
F/O J W Bryan (Nav)
Sgt K M Fairbairn (A/B)
Sgt S G Hubbard (W/Op)
F/Sgt J K Boothroyd (MU/AG)
Sgt T F Quine (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 04.08hrs. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 04.00hrs, orange explosion at 04.15hrs on southern edge of area marked by P.F.F lasted 3 seconds. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ME582 Returned Primary 22,500 ft at 04.17hrs. S/L P A Nicholas (P)
ME556 Returned Primary 19,500 ft at 04.09hrs, hit by believed H.W. at 5238/1010 0251 hrs. Hole in port tail plane.
LM460 Returned Primary 22,500 ft at 04.16hrs, landed at COLTISHALL due to petrol shortage. W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt J Tweedie (MU/AG)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 22,500 ft at 04.04hrs. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Stuttgart (20 Feb 1944 - 21 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Stuttgart 20 Feb 1944 21 Feb 1944 N Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in STUTTGART. Two aircraft did not take-off owing to techincal troubles. Twelve aircraft successfully bombed the targets and returned safely, landing at BASE - NORTH KILLINGHOLME.
Station Summary
OPERATIONS
13 aircraft of 550 Squadron detailed for STUTTGART raid. 12 tool off and complete mission without loss.
ORGANISATION
9550 Servicing Echelon personnel moved to the new office accommodation in No. 1 Flight building. Owing to the shortage of personnel at 13 Base HQ for Base Mainenance Unit, one mechanic has been attached from Station Signals Section at this station for temportary duty, leaving the Section with 4 mechanics below establishment.
Modification incorporated in Lancaster ME582 whereby camera is operated by opening and closing of the bomb doors.
The last few days have seen the equipment of the Station Navigation Officer's premises and his map store. To bring his supply of maps and charts up to requirements a further order has been dispatched.
F/Lt. GARDINER has been replaced as Station Armament Officer by P/O Alderson during his temporary absence on leave. The Base Armament Officer today visited the station for a general inspection of roads and bomb stores.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 04.04hrs, bombed green TIs. F/O G B Hoddle (P)
Sgt D P Dingle (F/Eng)
F/O J W Bryan (Nav)
Sgt K M Fairbairn (A/B)
Sgt S G Hubbard (W/Op)
F/Sgt J K Boothroyd (MU/AG)
Sgt T F Quine (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 22,500 ft at 04.00hrs, bombed green TIs. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 04.03hrs, bombed green TIs. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
ME581 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 04.03hrs. Port wing damaged in collision with Bomber (2 miles E Cranwell). Both aircraft continued journey. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 04.01hrs, bombed green TIs F/L A J Grain (P)
Sgt J Stanley (F/Eng)
F/O M R Oliver (Nav)
F/O E C Jones (A/B)
F/O H W Batt (W/Op)
P/O T N Large (MU/AG)
Sgt J Ellis (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 04.05hrs, bombed green TIs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 04.12hrs, bombed green TIs. Starboard outer unserviceable at 0720hrs. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
JA712 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 04.09hrs, bombed Sky flares. Green Red.
ED942 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 04.08hrs, bombed G/R flares. Landed FORD, due to petrol shortage.
LM460 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 04.16hrs. Bombed green TIs W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt J Tweedie (MU/AG)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)
DV309 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 04.05hrs, bombed green TIs
LM455 Returned Bombed G/R Sky markers at 21,000 ft at 0402hrs. S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (21 Feb 1944 - 21 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 21 Feb 1944 21 Feb 1944 Y Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but stood which came through early. No air training was carried out owing to poor weather conditions.
Station Summary
ORGANISATION
A further gas lecture has been given by the Gas and Fire Officer to defence training personnel

Operation/Target: - (22 Feb 1944 - 22 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 22 Feb 1944 22 Feb 1944 Y Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered and accepted for operations. Crews were standing by all day but the operations was finally cancelled in the late afternoon owing to bad weather conditions.
Station Summary
WEATHER
A prolonged cold spell has now become still colder. A rum ration was issued to dispersal crews on instructions of S.M.O.
ORGANISATION
Another gas lecture to defence personnel.

Operation/Target: - (23 Feb 1944 - 23 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 23 Feb 1944 23 Feb 1944 Y Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but stood down enabling air and ground training to be completed.

Operation/Target: Schweinfurt (24 Feb 1944 - 25 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Schweinfurt 24 Feb 1944 25 Feb 1944 N Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered and briefed to attack targets in SCHWEINFURT. One aircraft did not take-off owing to technical trouble and two aircraft returned early with engine failures. The remaining 12 aircraft successfully bombed the targets and returned safely, landing at BASE - NORTH KILLINGHOLME. One new crew completed night cross country flying.
Station Summary
OPERATIONS
15 aircraft of 550 Squadron were detailed to take part in heavy attack on SCHWEINFURT. 14 took off, of which 2 sorties were abortive, while the remainder completed their mission. On the following day it turned out from am examination of photographs that the relatively small target had evaded accurate marking by PFF, and that main force bombs had apparently scattered more turnips than ball-bearings - a deduction which invoked a chiding message to all stations in the Group from the A.O.C.
On take-off tonight, 550/Q swung off runway in use (No. 04). Runway was obstructed but remaining sorties took off from No. 33 [Ed: assumed typo and No. 03 meant] and no delay incurred.
ORGANISATION
For tonigth's operation, and in the future as in the past, navigators will continue to be briefed separately and simultaneously to remaining aircrew - this after yesterday's conference betweem the Station Navigation Officer and navigators. Navigators are thoroughly briefed by Squadron Navigation Officer, generally at a time set for main briefing, which they do not attend.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
DV279 Returned Primary 22,000 feet at 0120 hours, bombed Red T.I's P/O W N H Brawn (P)
P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LM425 Returned Primary 23,000 feet at 0106 hours, Landed GRANSDEN LODGE F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
JA712 Returned RETURNED EARLY, generators overcharing
LL747 Returned Primary 22,000 feet at 0112 hours, bombed Red and Green T.I's
DV309 Returned Primary 20,500 feet at 0116 hours, bombed Green T.I's followed by Red
LM460 Returned Primary 23,000 feet at 0106 hours, bombed Green and Red T.I's
LM455 Returned Primary 0116 hours 23,000 feet, bombed Green T.I's followed by red S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 17,500 feet at 0110 hours, bombed Green T.I's followed by Red F/O G B Hoddle (P)
Sgt D P Dingle (F/Eng)
F/O J W Bryan (Nav)
Sgt K M Fairbairn (A/B)
Sgt S G Hubbard (W/Op)
F/Sgt J K Boothroyd (MU/AG)
Sgt T F Quine (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 21,000 feet at 0112 hours, bombed Red and Green T.I's P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 0115hrs. Bombed Red T.Is F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
Sgt R H Paxton (F/Eng)
ME581 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 0110hrs. Bombed Red and Green T.Is F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ME582 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 0115hrs. Bombed T.I Reds. Landed FORD S/L P A Nicholas (P)
ND463 Returned RETURNED EARLY. Port Outer unserviceable. Starboard Inner gave trouble. F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
Sgt T A Thompson (F/Eng)
LL826 Returned Primary 24,000 ft at 0112hrs. Bombed Red T.Is S/L K MacAleavey (Nav)
F/L A J Grain (P)
Sgt J Stanley (F/Eng)
F/O E C Jones (A/B)
F/O H W Batt (W/Op)
P/O T N Large (MU/AG)
Sgt J Ellis (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Augsburg (25 Feb 1944 - 26 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Augsburg 25 Feb 1944 26 Feb 1944 N Twelve aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in AUGSBURG. One aircraft did not take-off owing to technical trouble. Two aircraft did not return from the operations, no news since take-off, but the remaining nine aircraft succcesfully bombed the targets and returned safely, landing at BASE - NORTH KILLINGHOLME.
Station Summary
OPERATIONS
12 aircraft of 550 Squadron were detailed for a raid on AUGSBURG. 11 took off and 2 sorties were missing. Some strain was inevitably thrown on all sections concerned in preparation for this operation, as take-off was early and follwowed a late return from the previous night's raid. The Base Commander attended briefing.
ORGANIZATION
During the past 5 days 4 armoured fighting vehicles for station defence work have been collected by our M.T. Section. Plans for station defence have now reached the stage where a station manning exercise is possible. This has been ordered for 28 Feb. Difficulty in ground-testing of auto-controls has been reduced by loan of portable air compressor trolley from RAF KIRMINGTON.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
DV279 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 22.56hrs, bombed 2 red TIs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
JA712 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 23.07hrs, bombed centre of Fire area W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt J Tweedie (MU/AG)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)
LL826 Returned Primary 22,500 ft at 22.52hrs, bombed red TIs. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.52hrs, bombed 3 red TIs
ME582 FTR Missing, no news after take off

[Ed: ORB stated ME583-"E"]
Sgt C Tattersall (P)
Sgt W Johnstone (F/Eng)
Sgt W R Williams (A/B)
Sgt H Stollar (W/Op)
Sgt A Hatfield (MU/AG)
Sgt J L Powell (R/AG)
Sgt P L Colman (Nav)
LM455 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.45hrs, bombed 4 red TIs S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
ED942 FTR Missing, no news after take off. F/O G B Hoddle (P)
Sgt D P Dingle (F/Eng)
F/O J W Bryan (Nav)
Sgt K M Fairbairn (A/B)
Sgt S G Hubbard (W/Op)
F/Sgt J K Boothroyd (MU/AG)
Sgt T F Quine (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 22.47hrs bombed 4 red TIs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 22.50hrs, bombed red TIs F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
Sgt J Stanley (F/Eng)
ME581 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 22.48hrs, bombed green and red TIs F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.47hrs, bombed red TIs F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
Sgt T A Thompson (F/Eng)

Operation/Target: - (26 Feb 1944 - 26 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 26 Feb 1944 26 Feb 1944 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered for operations but the stand down came through early. Air and ground training was completed by new crews.
Station Summary
ADMINISTRATION
O.C. 9550 Serviceing Echelon, F/Lt COOPER, promoted to acting S/Ldr.
ORGANISATION
Gas lecture to defence course personnel by Gas and Fire Officer.

Operation/Target: - (27 Feb 1944 - 27 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 27 Feb 1944 27 Feb 1944 Y Eleven aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down owing to bad weather conditions. At this time a snow fall was experienced and personnel were kept busy in clearing the runways and perimeter track. No flying was possible.
Station Summary
WEATHER
This paramount influence on life and work in an operational station has today dictated the enitre camp's activities. Starting this morning, moderate snow has fallen continuously, to a depth of 4 1/2 inches - sufficient to render the airfield temporarily unserviceable and produce the first organised snow-clearance in out history. 2 "Bunce" snow ploughs were continuously at work on Nos. 22 and 04 runways, but by evening there were still unusable, though dispersals are clear. All available M.T. vehicles were mustered to help generally in removing snow obstructions. Station and squadron personnel were mustered to cooperate in the plan to free runways and roads in the necessary priority.
ORGANISATION
Test rig for heated clothing, constructed by Electrical Section, was installed in 550 Squadron's crew room. It enables aircrew to check servicability of electrically heated clothing before flight. A lecture on electrical generating system of the Lancaster was given to aircrew by Sgt. GALLIMORE of the Station Electrical Section.

Operation/Target: - (28 Feb 1944 - 28 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 28 Feb 1944 28 Feb 1944 Y Thirteen aircraft with crew were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in MUNICH, but the operation was cancelled at 18.30hrs. The runways had been cleared of snow and the airfield serviceable.
Station Summary
WEATHER
This was again the most important item on the station's agenda. Snow ploughs have operated continuously throughout the night, but further falls have increased depth to 7 inches, while drifts have of course occurred. One result has been the widespread collapse of overhead telephone wiring. This has caused slight inconvenience, particularly as 550 Squadron has been detailed to operate (the necessary runways having now been adequately cleared). But no serious difficulties have arisen and internal lines have been quickly repaired. After briefing, the operation was cancelled due to height of cloud on route. Of this Group, it had been necessary to stand down BINBROOK and KELSTERN stations due to snow at bases. Though efforts to clear runways as consistent and thorough as possible, given the equipment available, one problem is worthy of mention. This is the necessity of depositing high banks of swept snow on either side of runways. Frost has accentuated the difficutly of its disposal.
ORGANISATION
Weather has caused postponement until tomorrow of today's station manning exercise.

Operation/Target: - (29 Feb 1944 - 29 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 29 Feb 1944 29 Feb 1944 Y Thirteen aircraft with crew were offered for operations but the stand down came through early. Local flying was completed but two night cross countrey flights for new aircraft had to be cancelled owning to poor weather conditions.

The Squadron took part in Five operational attacks against the enemy during the month and for the same period four crews were lost, all missing, with no news after take off. Several new crews have been posted in and complete preliminary training prior to going on to operational flying. The weather has been typical for this season of the year with the first fall of snow recorded in this period. The health of the personall of the Squadron remains good in spite of minor discomforts usually associated wit the opening of a new Station.

On the 9th February 1944 HIS MAJESTY THE KING was pleased to award the IMMEDIATE AWARD of the DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER to 150107 FLYING OFFICER GODFREY ARNOLD MORRISON - PILOT of this Squadron.
Station Summary
Weather
By this morning the airfield has become fully serviceable for flying, though frost has delayed clearance of snow in less vital areas of the station.
ORGANISATION
The postponed station manning exercise was held at 0900 hours. As expected, mistakes were plentiful. These were dealt with at a conference held at 1200 hours and steps taken to avoid repetition at a future exercise. A further gas lecture was delivered by Gas and Fire Officer to defence course personnel. These lectures, like defence courses, will gradually instruct the whole of station personnel.
ADMINISTRATION
P/O JACOBS arrived from ELSHAM WOLDS to assume duties of Adjutant to 9550 Serviceing Echelon, replacing P/O HOLDEN, who has been released for full-time work for Committee of Adjustment on the station [Ed. responsible for clearing up the affairs of missing aircrew.]
CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
The scheme for the provision of M.T. workshops, wash-up ramp and office extension has been approved, and the work is now in hand. Completion of hard standing at various points, such as the approaches to the briefing room, and levelling of ground round the SHQ block, have been dealt with during the month. The station's approaches are now consdierably tidier than they were a month ago, and a system of signposts, entrance barrier and other embellishments have made their appearance.
On 23 rd Feb, WAAF personnel were transferred from No. 3 to to No. 6 site. Six huts were occupied, also officers quarters. But the remainder of this site, allocated to the WAAF, is still under construction.
METEROLOGICAL SECTION
During the month, instruments not available earlier have been received, and the installation of an outside instrument box has begun. A cloud searchlight has been received but is not yet installed.
GENERAL
The subject of discussion groups has during the past month received much attention. Arrangements have been made to split personnel into convenient groups (mainly by sections) and to cater for WAAF personnel in mixed as well as separate groups. A start has been made. Today the personnel of Maintenance Section, under the leadership of P/O G.T. STEVENS, and the personnel of Electrical Section, under F/O TAYLOUR, dealt with the subject "The Future of Germany". Further discussion groups have been arranged for sessions on suitable occasions.
The month has seen steady progress in the matter of camp entertainment. under the active guidance of S/Ldr COOPER, 3 cinema shows per week are now being given in the NAAFI premises which are being used until it is possible to adapt the gymnasium, Seating capacity has been improved by adjustments of screen and projector (which has now been installed outside of the auditorium to shoot through an aperture in the wall). Each Sunday evening a re-presentation of the latest films shown is given in the Officers' Mess ante-room. S/Ldr COOPER is cooperating with the Intelligence Section so that any suitable instructional or security films (which ar estill awaited) may be given their fullest possible publicity. The popularity of station cinema shows has now extended to the personnel of the mixed A.A. Battery stationed near the camp. All shows on the station are of course subject to the overriding consideration that nothing be arranged which conflicts with either operational requirements or security.
POSTINGS
During the month the following officers arrived:
Major WHIPP, S. (L.D.A) 4 Feb
S/Ldr BRECKELL, J, DFC (Stn. Nav.) 16 Feb
P/O G.F.M. NEILLANDS (Flying Control) 19 Feb
P/O L.R. SPINKS (9550 Echelon) 24 Deb
P/O R.E. JACOBS (Admin.) 28 FDFeb
S/O M. PEACOCK ( WAAF Admin G.) 20 Feb)
WHile the following officiers left:
Major BUCHANAN (L.D.A) 3 Feb
S/O ESCOTT, J. (WAAF Admin G.) 13 Feb)
STATION COMMMANDER'S OBSERVATIONS
Satisfactory progess has been made in installing further supplies of equipment, operational and otherwise, and in adjusting the inevitable defects of a new station which inclement weather has emphasised.
Meanwhile, with the constant aprrival of new aircrew from Conversion Units, no opportunity has been lost of engaging the Squadron in flying training. A record of the month's training follow
Bullseye Exercises(2) 6 sorties
Flight Affiliation 14 sorties
Bombing exercises 10 sorties
Air to air firing details 4 sorties
Air to sea firing 1 sorties
Cross country exercises 13 sorties
Local flying (circuits and landings 28 sorties
TOTAL 76 sorties Signed: J J Bennet W/Cmdr, Officer Commanding, 5th March 1944

Operation/Target: Stuttgart (01 Mar 1944 - 02 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Stuttgart 01 Mar 1944 02 Mar 1944 N Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attach targets in STUTTGART. One aircraft did not take off owing to insufficient brake pressures. Twelve aircraft successfully bombed their targets and returned safely to base. One aircraft landed at RAF Station, Manston and a second at RAF Station Grimsby. One aircraft and crew completed a night cross country.
Station Summary
OPERTAIONS
13 aircraft of 550 Squadron were detailed for a large-scale attack on STUTTGART. 1 machine was cancelled prior to take-off due to lack of brake pressure.
ORGANIZATION
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
DV279 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 03.07hrs. Bombed green & red flares
JA712 Returned Primary 22,500 ft at 03.12hrs. Bombed fire glow. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 03.12hrs. Bombed fires. Landed MANSTON.
LM460 Returned Primary 18,000 ft at 03.02hrs. Bombed green & red flares
LM455 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 03.08hrs. Bombed fire glow. S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 03.08hrs. Bombed green & red flares. Landed MANSTON. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 03.11hrs. Bombed sky markers. Landed GRIMSBY.
ND425 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 03.15hrs. Bombed green and red flares. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 03.13hrs. Bombed red TIs S/L P A Nicholas (P)
ND463 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 03.14hrs. Bombed red TIs. F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
Sgt T A Thompson (F/Eng)
LL826 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 03.03hrs. Bombed green and red flares. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
LL882 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 03.07hrs. Bombed green and red R/P flares.

[Squadron CO W/Cdr Bennett pilot]
W/Cdr J J Bennett (P)
P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (02 Mar 1944 - 02 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 02 Mar 1944 02 Mar 1944 Y Thirteen crews with aircraft were offered for operations but the stand-down came throught early. Air and ground training was completed including three night cross-country flights.
Station Summary
Command stand-down.

Operation/Target: - (03 Mar 1944 - 03 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 03 Mar 1944 03 Mar 1944 Y Thirteen crews with aircraft were but stood-down. Local flying included fighter affilliation was carried out and three crews carried out "bullseye" exercises.
Station Summary
All Lancaster Groups stood down, Command Bullseye laid on, for which 550 Squadron detailed 3 a/c. All 3 machines completed the course.
GENERAL
Details TBA ...

Operation/Target: - (04 Mar 1944 - 04 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 04 Mar 1944 04 Mar 1944 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack MUNICH. A snow warning was received shortly before briefing time and a light fall was experienced at 1.00 hrs. Aircrews proceeded out to their aircraft but the operation was cancelled at 19.00hrs, one hour before take-off.
Station Summary
Details TBA ...

Operation/Target: - (05 Mar 1944 - 05 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 05 Mar 1944 05 Mar 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in MUNICH. Weather conditions were not too good - poor visibility with the promise of mist or fog and the operation was finally cancelled just before 17.00hrs. Weather indications widespread fog over the whole country.
Station Summary
Details TBA ...

Operation/Target: - (06 Mar 1944 - 06 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 06 Mar 1944 06 Mar 1944 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations. Operational order received called for experienced crews to attack targets in KONIGSBERG and ten aircraft were briefed for this operation. Weather conditions were unfavourable and after the majority of crews had proceeded out to their airacft the operation was cancelled at approximately 17.00hrs. A night cross country flight by a new crew was also cancelled.
Station Summary
Details TBA ...

Operation/Target: - (07 Mar 1944 - 07 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 07 Mar 1944 07 Mar 1944 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down early. All officers attended a Defence Tactics Lecture in the morning lasting one hour, given by the LDA. A new aircrew completed a night cross country flight
Station Summary
Group Captain McIntyre attends investiture at Buckingham Palace to receive a Bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross.

Operation/Target: - (08 Mar 1944 - 08 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 08 Mar 1944 08 Mar 1944 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but stood down. Cross country flying, fighter affiliations and practice bombing was carried out. Night cross country flying and a "bullseye" exercise was cancelled owing to weather conditions.

Operation/Target: - (09 Mar 1944 - 09 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 09 Mar 1944 09 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but stood down. Cross country flying, practice bombing, circuits and landings were carried out. Night cross country flying was cancelled owing to weather conditions

Operation/Target: - (10 Mar 1944 - 10 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 10 Mar 1944 10 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft with crews were offered and accepted for operations but operations were cancelled during the early afternoon. Six crews successfully completed a "bullseye" exercise.

Operation/Target: - (11 Mar 1944 - 11 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 11 Mar 1944 11 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down. Air training was carried out, including air firing and bombing and formation flying. Whilst on exercise F/O Bowen-Bravery spotted a mine in the shipping lanes and immediately reported his discovery. This Officer was congratulated for the accuracy of his report by Base and No. 1 Group

Operation/Target: - (12 Mar 1944 - 12 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 12 Mar 1944 12 Mar 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but were stood down. Air training was carried out including figher affiliation, beam practice, air to air firing, bombing pratice, dingy search (anchored dingy) and formation flying, the formation flying being lead by W/Cdr J.J. Bennett DFC & Bar. Night cross country flying was cancelled owing to bad weather.

Operation/Target: - (13 Mar 1944 - 13 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 13 Mar 1944 13 Mar 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but were stood down. Air training was carried out including dingy search (anchored dingy).

Operation/Target: - (14 Mar 1944 - 14 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 14 Mar 1944 14 Mar 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down early. Air training was carried out including air to sea firing, dingy search, practice bombing and formation flying.

Operation/Target: Stuttgart (15 Mar 1944 - 16 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Stuttgart 15 Mar 1944 16 Mar 1944 N Seventeen aircraft with crew were offered for operations and briefed to attach targets in STUTTGART. One aircraft did not take off owing to unserviceability. Two aircraft (Captains F/Lt S G Crawford LM392 "J" and F/Lt J F Craig LL852 "X") failed to return to base (no news since take off) and are with the crews posted as "missing". Fourteen aircraft successfully the target and returned safely to Base.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL882 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 23.23hrs. Large dull red explosion seen at 23.32hrs lasting 4-5seconds. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 23.20hrs. Vivid red explosion seen at 1 1/2miles NW of A/P at 23.18hrs. Identified river and built-up area. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
ND403 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 23.23hrs

[Ed: ORB states ND430 "G". This is thought incorrect and that ND403 is meant.]
F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
Sgt T A Thompson (F/Eng)
LM392 FTR Missing. No news since take-off. F/L J S G Crawford (P)
Sgt J R Powell (F/Eng)
F/O P A Lockton (Nav)
Sgt J N Andrew (A/B)
Sgt W J Green (W/Op)
Sgt W V Moss (MU/AG)
Sgt W B Robertson (R/AG)
LL826 Returned Primary 22,000 ft ay 23.18hrs
LL836 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 23.30hrs Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
F/Sgt D M Stephen (Nav)
F/O E Yaternick (A/B)
Sgt J G Pearce (MU/AG)
Sgt A C Crilley (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 23.26hrs F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
LL460 Returned Primary 23,000 ft ay 23.15hrs
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 23.21hrs. Large explosion seen at 23.28hrs, died out and exploded again lasting about 3 seconds F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 23.19hrs W/O T E Boyle (Nav)
F/L J O Richard (P)
F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt A G Day (F/Eng)
Sgt R W Scott (A/B)
F/Sgt W G Rate (W/Op)
Sgt W J Carthew (MU/AG)
Sgt T J Connaghan (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 23.59hrs. Explosion seen at 23.26hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 23.28hrs. Incendiaries from aircraft flying above fell between MU Gunner and door, damaging DR compass and ammunition tracks to starboard guns and rear turret. Incendiaries did not explode. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 23.26hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
DV309 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 23.23hrs
JA712 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 23.23hrs. Incendiaries from aircraft flying above fell through starboard wing. One incendiary lodged in wing ignited and burnt itself out. Slight damage to wing. W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt J Tweedie (MU/AG)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)
LL852 FTR Missing. No news since take-off.

[Ed. ORB stated on the date page LL825 "X". But on the monthly summary page it was stated LL852 "X"]
F/L J F Craig (P)
Sgt K Thompson (F/Eng)
Sgt R D Samuels (Nav)
Sgt K R Sumner (A/B)
Sgt D E Nutter (W/Op)
Sgt H C Petty (MU/AG)
Sgt L W F Overend (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (16 Mar 1944 - 16 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 16 Mar 1944 16 Mar 1944 6 Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in MUNICH but the operation was cancelled at 18.44hrs owing to bad weather conditions at Base. Air training, including circuits and landings was carried out by two new crews. Night flying training was cancelled owing to the waether conditions.

Operation/Target: - (17 Mar 1944 - 17 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 17 Mar 1944 17 Mar 1944 6 Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09.40hrs. Air training was carried out, including formation flying, circuits and landings dingy search (anchoured dingy) and cross country.

Operation/Target: Frankfurt (18 Mar 1944 - 19 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Frankfurt 18 Mar 1944 19 Mar 1944 N Seventeen aircraft with crew were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in FRANKFURT. All returning safely after a very successfuly attack. The speedy take-off was a very fine show indeed the seventeen aircraft all being airbourne in 16 mins. Three aircraft ("J" NB733, Captain Sgt Lloyd, "K" LL834 Captain P/O Bouchard and "X" ME687, W/O Romber) were subseuqently abortive, due to electrical failure, Gee u/a and rear and mid-upper turrets u/s respectively. Few fighters were seen and only the French coastal batteries gave any trouble. The only combat reported was a short burst from the mid-upper gunner of "F" ME556 (Captain W/O McCrae). No hits are claimed and the E/A did not return the fire.
A special message of congratulations to all concerned for aircrew and ground staff was received from the Base Commander. Good show 550!
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
ND425 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.03hrs. Large explosion seen at 22.02.hrs F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
LL836 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 22.12hrs. PFF late but markers concentrated. S/L P A Nicholas (P)
ME556 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 22.01hrs. Explosion seen at 21.53hrs
ND463 Returned Primary 20500 ft at 22.08hrs. No markers of sky flares seen.

[Ed: ORB states ND463 "G" (yet another variant. This is thought incorrect and that ND403 is meant.]
LL862 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.01hrs
LM392 Returned Abandoned at 20.48hrs (21,000 ft). Electrical failure affecting rear gunners clothing, MU turret and artifical horizon. Luminous paint u/s Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
F/Sgt D M Stephen (Nav)
F/O E Yaternick (A/B)
Sgt J G Pearce (MU/AG)
Sgt A C Crilley (R/AG)
LL882 Returned Abandoned at 20.0hrs (20,000 ft) due to Gee being unserviceable. F/L P J Cornwall (F/Eng)
P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.05hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt W Essar (MU/AG)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.01hrs F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.01hrs.
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 22.05hrs. Small explosion at 22.04hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
LM460 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.03hrs. Collision danger very apparant at turning points before and after target.
DV309 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.02hrs. Fires seen to be burning well.
LM455 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.08hrs. F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.12hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
ME687 Returned Abandoned at 20.14hrs (17,000 ft) due to rear and MU turrets being unhserviceable. W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt J Tweedie (MU/AG)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.07hrs. Heavy flak burst and suspected ???? shaking aircraft. Damage not assessed but not serious. F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (19 Mar 1944 - 19 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 19 Mar 1944 19 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in BRUNSWICK, but operations were cancelled at 16.40hrs. Training proceed new crews doing circuits and landings.

Operation/Target: - (20 Mar 1944 - 20 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 20 Mar 1944 20 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in MUNICH, but operations were cancelled at 16.50hrs. New crews continued training with circuits and landings.

Operation/Target: - (21 Mar 1944 - 21 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 21 Mar 1944 21 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in BERLIN, but operations were cancelled, this time at 18.15hrs. Training proceded, three new crews carrying out cross country flights.

Operation/Target: Frankfurt (22 Mar 1944 - 23 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Frankfurt 22 Mar 1944 23 Mar 1944 N Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in FRANKFURT. Another excellent take-off was achieved all seventeen aircraft being airbourne within 21 minutes. There was only one abortive sortie, "N" LM425 (Capt F/S Jefferies) having to return, after reaching the enemy coast, with an unserviceable starboard inner engine. All the rest of the aircraft successfully bombed target and returned safely to base, after one of the best attacks for some time. Enemy defences were moderate and night fighters not much in evidence.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 21.58hrs. Bombed red and green target indicators.
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 21.57hrs. Bombed red target indicators. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ND403 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 21.58hrs. Bomber red TIs

[Ed: Now the ORB does indeed actually state ND403 "G".]
F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
LL826 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 21.59hrs. Bombed red and green TIs.
ND733 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.05hrs. Bombed red TIs. Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
F/Sgt D M Stephen (Nav)
F/O E Yaternick (A/B)
Sgt J G Pearce (MU/AG)
Sgt A C Crilley (R/AG)
LL834 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 21.52hrs. Bomber red TIs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
F/O P G Milburn (P)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
LL850 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 21.50hrs. Bombed red and green TIs. S/L P A Nicholas (P)
LM425 Returned Abandoned. Starboard inner engine u/s. Starboard outer engine coolant leak and oil leak F/L A D McConnell (A/B)
F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 21.54hrs. Bomber red and green TIs
LL837 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 21.50hrs. Bombed red TIs. P/O N S Rogers (P)
P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 21.53hrs. Bombed red and green TIs.
DV309 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 22.01hrs. Bombed red and green TIs. P/O W N H Brawn (P)
Sgt R H Paxton (F/Eng)
W/O C A Sowden (Nav)
Sgt P Pindar (A/B)
Sgt F E Dawson (W/Op)
Sgt R A Caley (MU/AG)
Sgt W J Jones (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 21.55hrs. Bombed red TIs. S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 21.53hrs. Bombed red & green TIs.
LL851 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 21.56hrs. Bombed red TIs.
ME687 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 21.59hrs. Bombed red and green TIs. Sgt A H Bowers (MU/AG)
W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 21.57hrs. Bombed red TIs. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
F/O D W Magan (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (23 Mar 1944 - 23 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 23 Mar 1944 23 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but were stood down early. Five new crews were briefed for night cross country flights, but these had to be cancelled owing to bad weather.

Operation/Target: Berlin (24 Mar 1944 - 25 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 24 Mar 1944 25 Mar 1944 N Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and were briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Another snappy take-off was achieved, sixteen aircraft being airbourne within 17 minutes, the seventeenth aircraft being delayed for five minutes while a navigation aid indicator was changed. The route was "hot" but 15 aircraft bombed Berlin. The remaining two were forced to bomb last resort targets - "T" LM455 S/Ldr Graham Captain bombing an aerodrome 50 miles SW of Berlin after overshooting and "G" ND403, Captain P/O Bowen-Bravery who, after having his rear turret rendered u/s, bombed a flak emplacement on the West coast of Denmark. Soon afterwards "G" encountered a single engineed aircraft and the mid-upper gunnner gave it a short burst. A short while later a burning aircraft was seen by three members of the crew to be descending, and burning on the ground. It is claimed as destroyed. Defences over Berlin were moderate, but there were a large number of enemy night-fighters around Berlin. Soon after leaving Berlin "D" ME581 Captain F/L R. W. Picton had a combat with a FW. Condor and both the MU gunner (Can.R.110509 Sgt. Keen, W.M.), and rear gunner (Sgt. Porteous, J.W.) received serious injuries from cannon fire. Fortunately, however, both are recovering. The wireless operator (Sgt. Williams, K.T.C.) who was in the astrodome after warning the pilot continued to give advice and evasive instructions to the pilot. After the action Sgt Williams went to the rear gunner whose oxygen was severed, gave him his own mask and assisted him out of the turret. Subsequently Sgt. Williams sent a W/T message giving details of the casualty so that medical aid was waiting when the aircraft landed. Sgt. Williams prompt action combined with the pilots skilled handling of his aircraft undoubtedly prevented the E/A from making a more effective attack. All the aircraft landed safely at Base, except "F" LL747 (Captin F/O Richard, Can.J.23518) which without brake pressure landed safely at Woodbridge.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 22.38hrs. P/O W N H Brawn (P)
Sgt R H Paxton (F/Eng)
W/O C A Sowden (Nav)
Sgt P Pindar (A/B)
Sgt F E Dawson (W/Op)
Sgt R A Caley (MU/AG)
Sgt W J Jones (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 22.23hrs. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
F/O D F Neilson (P)
F/O D W Magan (R/AG)
ME581 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 22.31hrs. Combat with F.W. Condor on leaving target area. Both gunners wounded. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 20,500 ft at 22.31hrs.
ND403 Returned Rear turret u/s. Bombed last resort target Aurum Island identified visually. Claimed single-engined fighter shot down. F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
LL826 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 22.35 hours
ND733 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 22.38 hours Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
F/Sgt D M Stephen (Nav)
F/O E Yaternick (A/B)
Sgt J G Pearce (MU/AG)
Sgt A C Crilley (R/AG)
LL834 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.30 hours P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt A T Paget (W/Op)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.34 hours F/L A D McConnell (A/B)
F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 22.28 hours. Landed at Woodbridge.
LL837 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 22.33 hours P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 22.28 hours
DV309 Returned Primary 18,500 ft at 23.05 hours
LM455 Returned Bombed centre of AID 5218N / 1220E due to P.F.F. being late and overshooting target. S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.42hrs F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 22.53hrs
ME687 Returned Primary 23500 ft at 22.40hrs Sgt A H Bowers (MU/AG)
W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (25 Mar 1944 - 25 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 25 Mar 1944 25 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but were stood down. Four new crews were briefed for night cross country flights, but these had to be cancelled owing to unfavourable weather.

Operation/Target: Essen (26 Mar 1944 - 27 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Essen 26 Mar 1944 27 Mar 1944 N Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and were briefed to attack targets in ESSEN. Sixteen aircraft took off in 25 minutes, the seventeenth "C" MD425 (Capt F/S Foster being cancelled due to the rear turret being u/s. Much layer cloud wasencounted at the enemy coast going out, over the target and to the enemy coast on return. Opposition from the ground was light in the early stages of the attack, with a tendency to increase as the attack developed, while fighter activity was on a somewhat reduced scale as compared with recent raids. LL831 "M" (Captin F/O E V Sage) and DV309 "S" (Cpatin F/S Hinde) both had inconclusive combats, in which no damage or casualities were sustained. All our aircraft returned safely to base.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 22,500 ft at 22.04hrs P/O W N H Brawn (P)
Sgt R H Paxton (F/Eng)
W/O C A Sowden (Nav)
Sgt P Pindar (A/B)
Sgt F E Dawson (W/Op)
Sgt R A Caley (MU/AG)
Sgt W J Jones (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 20,500 ft at 22.08hrs
ND403 Returned Primary 20,500 ft at 22.07hrs
LL826 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.01hrs
ND733 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 22.08hrs Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
F/Sgt D M Stephen (Nav)
F/O E Yaternick (A/B)
Sgt J G Pearce (MU/AG)
Sgt A C Crilley (R/AG)
LL834 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 22.05hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 23,500 ft at 22.00hrs
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.05hrs F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 22.05hrs
LL837 Returned Primary 23,800 ft at 22.10hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 22,500 ft at 22.00hrs
DV309 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.04hrs
LM455 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.04hrs S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 22.11hrs F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 22.09hrs
ME687 Returned Primary 22,500 ft at 22.07hrs W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt J Tweedie (MU/AG)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (27 Mar 1944 - 27 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 27 Mar 1944 27 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09.40hrs. Night flying training was arranged but had to be cancelled owing to unfavourable weather.

Operation/Target: - (28 Mar 1944 - 28 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 28 Mar 1944 28 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09.45hrs. Bad weather again interfered with training and a night flying programme for new crews had to be cancelled.

Operation/Target: - (29 Mar 1944 - 29 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 29 Mar 1944 29 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but operations were cancelled at 16.40hrs due to weather conditions over the target. Five news crews wound up their training when they completed successful "bulleyes".

Operation/Target: Nuremberg (30 Mar 1944 - 31 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Nuremberg 30 Mar 1944 31 Mar 1944 N Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and were briefed to attack targets in NUREMBURG. Twelve successfully attacked the main target, three the last resort target and two (F/S Jefferies in LM425 "N" and F/S Foster in ND425 "C") failed to return. The remaining aircraft landed at base with the exception of F/O Sage in "U" who landed at Kelstern owing to fuel shortage. One new crew also carried out night circuits and landings. P/O McCrae in ME556 "F" received injuries to his left arm and the rear gunner Sgt Brown injuries to his left eye in combat with an enemy night fighter. The aircraft also suffered extensive damage.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 20,500 ft at 01.16 hours. Bombed R/Y sky markers. F/L W H Waycott (A/G)
F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W Essar (MU/AG)
ND425 FTR Up 21.55. Missing - news not received after take-off. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Last resort target 18,000 ft at 01.18 hours. Attacked by night fighter. Pilot slightly injured in left arm and rear gunner in left eye by broken perspex. Aircraft extensively damaged. Bombed searchlight and flak enplacement West Kapelle to lighten aircraft and evade second night fighter.
ND403 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 01.16 hours. Bombed MPI of 12 R/P flares R/Y.
LL826 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 01.21 hours. Bombed MPI of R/P flares R/Y.
ND733 Returned Primary 19,500 ft at 01.24 hours. Bombed estimated position of R/Y flares. Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
F/Sgt D M Stephen (Nav)
F/O E Yaternick (A/B)
Sgt J G Pearce (MU/AG)
Sgt A C Crilley (R/AG)
LL834 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 01.15 hours. Bombed R/P flares R/Y P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 01.17 hours. Bombed red T.I's F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
LM425 FTR Missing - no news since take-off. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
Sgt R H Paxton (F/Eng)
LL747 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 01.20 hours. Bombed R/Y sky markers
LL837 Returned Primary 21,600 ft at 01.25 hours. Bombed red T.I's P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Last resort target bombed 21,000 ft at 01.18 hours. Bombed centre of incendiary fires approx. 30-40 miles east of primary target.
DV309 Returned Primary 16,000 ft at 01.26 hours. Bombed red T.Is
LM455 Returned Primary last resort target estimated position of "cookie" explosion approx. 30 miles NW of target. 20,000 ft ay 01.07 hours. S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 01.24 hours. Landed at Kelston on return owning to shortage of petrol. F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 01.25 hours. Bombed M.P.I. of red T.Is
ME687 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 01.24. Bombed R/Y flares. W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt J Tweedie (MU/AG)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (31 Mar 1944 - 31 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 31 Mar 1944 31 Mar 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but operations but were stood down early. Air and ground training was carried out, two crews doing local flying training and one new crew completing night cross country exercises. Unfavourable weather prevented further flying.

Operation/Target: - (01 Apr 1944 - 01 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 01 Apr 1944 01 Apr 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 10.05hrs. Air training was carried out, including fighter affiliation, special beam approach, air firing and practice bombing.

Operation/Target: - (02 Apr 1944 - 02 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 02 Apr 1944 02 Apr 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09.35hrs

Operation/Target: - (03 Apr 1944 - 03 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 03 Apr 1944 03 Apr 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09.45hrs

Operation/Target: - (04 Apr 1944 - 04 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 04 Apr 1944 04 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but the Squadron was again stood down at 10.27hrs

Operation/Target: - (05 Apr 1944 - 05 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 05 Apr 1944 05 Apr 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09.50hrs

Operation/Target: - (06 Apr 1944 - 06 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 06 Apr 1944 06 Apr 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09.45hrs. Air training was resumed after a period of bad weather, the training including fighter affiliation and special beam approach.

Operation/Target: - (07 Apr 1944 - 07 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 07 Apr 1944 07 Apr 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 11.20hrs. Air training proceeded with air to sea firing and formation flying.

Operation/Target: - (08 Apr 1944 - 08 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 08 Apr 1944 08 Apr 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were again stood down at 09.45hrs. Training continued with formation flying,air to sea firing, special beam approach, practice bombing and dinghy search (anchoured dinghy).

Operation/Target: Villeneuve (09 Apr 1944 - 10 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Villeneuve 09 Apr 1944 10 Apr 1944 N Sixteen aircraft with crew were offered for operations, five of these being accepted with number later reduced to three. The crew were briefed to attack the marshalling yards at VILLENEUVE. The three aircraft were airbourne in two minutes, but unfortunately JA712 ("Q") (Captain P/O J S Bibby [Ed: LL837??]) was forced to abandon the sortie on reaching SELSBY BILL owing to the pilot head cover have been left on thus rendering the air speed indicator u/s. The F/Eng (Sgt McLauchlin [Ed: McLoughlin]) and Air Bomber (F/O Susdeck [Ed: Shedock]) made valiant efforts with a stick to remove the cover but to no avail. The other two aircraft found weather conditions excellent over the target area, and many bomb explosions were seen bursting on the yards, followed by large clouds of block smoke. Fifteen minutes after leaving the target a member of F/O Milburn's crew saw a line of what looked like a train, followed buy a satisfactory explosion. Defences throughout were conspicious by their absence, whilst over the target only light flak was encountered. Both sorties obtained good photographs of ground detail and landed safely at base
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
ND733 Returned Primary 13,500 ft at 23.55 1/2hrs. Bombed red TI. F/O P G Milburn (P)
Sgt J Palfrey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt N W E Burdett (Nav)
F/O B B Ashley (A/B)
Sgt S W Courtenay (W/Op)
P/O S M Clarke (MU/AG)
F/O D W Magan (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Target not attacked - returned early owing to ASI being u/s. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 13,500 ft at 23.5hrs. Bombed red TI. P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Aulnoye (10 Apr 1944 - 11 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Aulnoye 10 Apr 1944 11 Apr 1944 N Fifteen aircraft and crew were offered for operations and were briefed to attack the marshalling yards at AULNOYE. The weather was clear over the channel and France, and at the target some thin cloud or ground haze did not prevent the PFF markers being clearly seen. The attack was well concentrated and many HE explosions were seen., Retuning to the French coast active searchlights and flak were encountered, while night fighter were also active in the area. LL747 "P" (Captain F/O J.O. Richard) had an inconclusive combat with an ME109, and strikes were seen, although no claim was made. No damage ot casualties were received by aircraft "P". All our aircraft returned safely to Base, except LL836 "E" (Captain F/Lt R.W. Picton) about which no news has been received since take off.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL836 FTR Missing

[Ed: The ORB lists only six crew flying (the W/Op Sgt K P C Williams DFM not being listed. However this is an error/omission in the ORB, as the crew were lost on this op and all seven are buried in Achiet-Le-Petit Communal Cemetery (France).]
F/L W H Waycott (A/G)
F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W Essar (MU/AG)
LL826 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 02.23 hours Maj S Whipp (-)
F/L A J Grain (P)
Sgt J Stanley (F/Eng)
F/O M R Oliver (Nav)
F/O H W Batt (W/Op)
Sgt J Ellis (R/AG)
Sgt K R Dye (MU/AG)
LL834 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 02.22 hours P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 02.24 hours F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 02.20 hours
DV279 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 02.22 hours P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 02.25 hours S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 9,500 ft at 02.33 hours P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
ND403 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 02.33 hours F/O P G Milburn (P)
Sgt J Palfrey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt N W E Burdett (Nav)
F/O B B Ashley (A/B)
Sgt S W Courtenay (W/Op)
P/O S M Clarke (MU/AG)
F/O D W Magan (R/AG)
ND733 Returned Primary 9,500 ft at 02.34 hours P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 02.35 hours P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)
DV309 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 02.38 hours P/O G W Hinde (P)
Sgt T L J Whittick (F/Eng)
Sgt D Hughes (Nav)
F/Sgt C C Sharland (A/B)
Sgt D R M Davies (W/Op)
Sgt E C Beacham (MU/AG)
Sgt W A J Young (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 9,500 ft at 02.35 hours F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 8,500 ft at 02.37 hours
JA918 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 02.30 hours

Operation/Target: Aachen (11 Apr 1944 - 12 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Aachen 11 Apr 1944 12 Apr 1944 N Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, eleven being accepted and were briefed to attack targets in AACHEN. Another smart takoff resulted in all eleven aircraft being airborne in 10 3/4 mins. The weather en route was fair and on arrival at the target some patchy thin cloud and haze was apparant. All our aircraft bombed within the space of five minutes and although the haze prevented detailed observation most crews considered that the attack had been successful. Defences throughout were seen and they were not aggressive. All our aircraft returned safely to base.
Station Summary
Station conducts its first District Court Martial. An airman was tried on various counts of thefts from the Officers Mess and found guilty on all charges.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
DV279 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.43 hrs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.42 hrs
LM460 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 22.43 hrs
DV309 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.44 hrs P/O G W Hinde (P)
Sgt T L J Whittick (F/Eng)
Sgt D Hughes (Nav)
F/Sgt C C Sharland (A/B)
Sgt D R M Davies (W/Op)
Sgt E C Beacham (MU/AG)
Sgt W A J Young (R/AG)
ME687 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.47 hrs
JA918 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.42 hrs
LM392 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.43 hrs
LL850 Returned Primary 18,000 ft at 22.45 hrs F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
LL826 Returned Primary 18,000 ft at 22.44 hrs
LL834 Returned Primary 18,500 ft at 22.43 hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ND403 Returned Primary 18,500 ft at 22.45 hrs

Operation/Target: - (12 Apr 1944 - 12 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 12 Apr 1944 12 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 10.00hrs
Station Summary
Air Raid Warning red at 0120. 12 German aircraft reported over Lincolnshire and East Anglia. Nothing seen from NK.

Operation/Target: - (13 Apr 1944 - 13 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 13 Apr 1944 13 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were again stood down at 09.55hrs. Air training proceed with formation flying, figher affiliations and special beam approach and bombing practice.

Operation/Target: - (14 Apr 1944 - 14 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 14 Apr 1944 14 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and were briefed to attach targets in OSNABRUCK. Operations were cancelled however owing to unfavourable weather conditions (at 20.30hrs).

Operation/Target: - (15 Apr 1944 - 15 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 15 Apr 1944 15 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 10.15hrs. Air training continued with fighter affiliations, special beam approach and air firing.

Operation/Target: - (16 Apr 1944 - 16 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 16 Apr 1944 16 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09.50hrs. Training proceeded with special beam approach and formation flying.

Operation/Target: - (17 Apr 1944 - 17 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 17 Apr 1944 17 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and nine were accepted, but operations were cancelled at 17.50hrs before the crews had been briefed.

Operation/Target: Rouen (18 Apr 1944 - 19 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Rouen 18 Apr 1944 19 Apr 1944 N Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and sixteen accepted, the crews being briefed to attack the marshalling yards at ROUEN. Another splendid take-off was achievced, all sizxteen aircraft being airbourne within 15 minutes. Excellent weather prevailed over France and the PFF delivered their markers with punctuality and clarity. The attack was both accurate and concentrated and many HEs were seen exploding on the marshalling yards. Night photographs of ground details were obtained by practically all the crews. Defences over the target were slight to moderate, mainly projected at the higher flying aircraft, and search lights were conspicuous by their absence. All out crews returned safely to Base. Training was continued, two new crews taking part in a night cross-cournty and night circuits and landings.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.21 hrs. Bombed Green TIs. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
EE193 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.20 hrs. Bombed R/G TIs.
ND425C Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.26 hrs. Bombed R/G TIs.

[Ed: The ORB lists ND425 "C", but must be an error - ND425 lost on Nuremberg raid 30 Mar 44.]
F/O D F Neilson (P)
Sgt C A Bennett (F/Eng)
F/O H B Brett (Nav)
F/O C Stocks (A/B)
Sgt A T Paget (W/Op)
Sgt E W Webb (MU/AG)
F/O J M McKay (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.26 hrs. Bombed R/G TIs. F/O P G Milburn (P)
Sgt J Palfrey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt N W E Burdett (Nav)
F/O B B Ashley (A/B)
Sgt S W Courtenay (W/Op)
P/O S M Clarke (MU/AG)
F/O D W Magan (R/AG)
LL826 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.24 hrs. Bombed R/G TIs.
ND733 Returned Primary 12,000 ft at 00.21 hrs. Bombed visually. Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
F/Sgt D M Stephen (Nav)
F/O E Yaternick (A/B)
Sgt J G Pearce (MU/AG)
Sgt A C Crilley (R/AG)
LL834 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 00.20 hrs. Bombed R/G TIs. F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
LL850 Returned Primary 6,000 ft at 00.20 hrs. Bombed R/G TIs. F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 00.21 hrs. Bombed R/G TIs. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.20 hrs. Bombed R/G TIs.
LL837 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.31 hrs. Bombed R/G TIs. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 6,500 ft at 00.28 hrs. Bombed Green TIs. P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
DV309 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.22 hrs. Bombed R/G TIs. P/O G W Hinde (P)
Sgt T L J Whittick (F/Eng)
Sgt D Hughes (Nav)
F/Sgt C C Sharland (A/B)
Sgt D R M Davies (W/Op)
Sgt E C Beacham (MU/AG)
Sgt W A J Young (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 10,500 ft at 00.23 hrs. Bombed Red TIs. F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 00.22h rs. Bombed R/G TIs.
JA918 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.23 hrs. Bombed R/G TIs. P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (19 Apr 1944 - 19 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 19 Apr 1944 19 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09:50hrs. A training programme was laid on, including cross country flying, practice bombing and circuits and landings, but the programme had to be cancelled owning to bad weather conditions.

Operation/Target: Cologne (20 Apr 1944 - 21 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Cologne 20 Apr 1944 21 Apr 1944 N Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attach targets in COLOGNE. All our aircraft were airbourne within 24 minutes despite the fact that enemy intruders were in the neighbourhood. The route was quiet and on arrival at Cologne 10/10ths cloud with tops approximately 1-50000 ft were encountered. PFF were late and when they arrived were somewhat scattered. Although the could mitigated against observation, two explosions penetrated through, and the glow reflected in the sky was visible until our aircrafrt were past the Dutch Coast on return. Defences over Cologne were reported as a moderate flak barrage with search lights ineffective due to the cloud blanket. LL 747 "P" (Captain F/Lt J.O Richard) was shadowed by an unidentifed twin engined aircraft over the North Sea on the outward journey which made three approaches, but a short burst from the rear gunner (Sgt. Conaghan) discouraged any further attentions. The homeward route was quiet and all our aircraft returned safely to base. Only four sightings of enemy aircraft were reported throughout the trip. Train continued, one new crew successfully completing a night cross country flight, bombing and circuits and landings and another crew day circuits and landings.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 20,000 feet at 02.10 hours P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
Sgt A R Blackburn (MU/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 20,000 feet at 02.12 hours
ND425C Returned Primary 20,000 feet at 02.15 hours

[Ed: The ORB lists ND425 "C", but must be an error - ND425 lost on Nuremberg raid 30 Mar 44.
F/O D F Neilson (P)
Sgt C A Bennett (F/Eng)
F/O H B Brett (Nav)
F/O C Stocks (A/B)
Sgt A T Paget (W/Op)
Sgt E W Webb (MU/AG)
F/O J M McKay (R/AG)
ME581 Returned Primary 20,000 feet at 02.09 hours F/O P G Milburn (P)
Sgt J Palfrey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt N W E Burdett (Nav)
F/O B B Ashley (A/B)
Sgt S W Courtenay (W/Op)
P/O S M Clarke (MU/AG)
F/O D W Magan (R/AG)
ND403 Returned Primary 20,000 feet at 02.06 hours F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
LL826 Returned Primary 22,000 feet at 02.07 hours
ND733 Returned Primary 22,000 feet at 02.07 hours Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
F/Sgt D M Stephen (Nav)
F/O E Yaternick (A/B)
Sgt J G Pearce (MU/AG)
Sgt A C Crilley (R/AG)
LL834 Returned Primary 22,000 feet at 02.12 hours P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 19,000 feet at 02.09 hours F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 20,000 feet at 02.06 hours P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 23,000 feet at 02.07 hours
LL837 Returned Primary 22,000 feet at 02.06 hours P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 21,000 feet at 02.07 hours
DV309 Returned Primary 19,500 feet at 02.15hrs. Rear turret u/s, iced up from English Coast to Enemy Coast and return.
LM455 Returned Primary 20,000 feet at 02.12 hours P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 22,000 feet at 02.09 hours P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 20,000 feet at 02.10 hours
ME687 Returned Primary 22,500 feet at 02.12 hours

Operation/Target: - (21 Apr 1944 - 21 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 21 Apr 1944 21 Apr 1944 Y Nothing listed in ORB.

Operation/Target: Dusseldorf (22 Apr 1944 - 23 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Dusseldorf 22 Apr 1944 23 Apr 1944 N Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attach targets in DUSSELDORF. The route to the target was quiet. Over the target area high cirrus cloud and many condensation trails hampered the view of some of the higher flying aircraft, but it was clear below. The defences were very active, flak being described as slight at the beginning of the attack but increasing to a moderate to intense loose barrage, with a great deal of searchlight activity. Night fighter activity was moderate, only three sightings being reported. Just after bombimg the target LM460 "R" (Captain F/Lt A B Craig) was coned and some flak damage to the R/T aerial and the M/U turrets was received. This was quickly followed by an attack by a ME 109 which was beaten off after a short exchange fo fire. No further damage was received and there were no casualties. All crews were enthusiastic over the result of the attack. All our aircraft returned safely to base except ME581 "D" (Captain F/O Milburn), no news of which has been received since take-off. In the last four attacks the Squadron has sent 60 aircraft without any early returns - a jolly good show by all the personnel concerned. Training continued with a new crew succeessfully completing a cross country flight, practice bombing and circuits and landings. When taking part in air to air firing LL834 "K" (Captain F/O D F Neilson) was forced to land on the sea near Grimsby owning to engine failure. All the crew were rescued by the A.S.R.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM455 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 01.22 hrs S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 17,500 ft at 01.27 1/2 hrs
LL747 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 01.15 hrs
DV279 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 01.20 hrs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 01.21 hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
P/O S B Taylor (P)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 01.20 hrs F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
ME687 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 01.23 1/2 hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LL826 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 01.18 hrs
ND403 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 01.18 1/2 hrs F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
ME581 FTR Missing. F/O P G Milburn (P)
Sgt J Palfrey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt N W E Burdett (Nav)
F/O B B Ashley (A/B)
Sgt S W Courtenay (W/Op)
P/O S M Clarke (MU/AG)
F/O D W Magan (R/AG)
ND733 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 01.23 hrs Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
F/Sgt D M Stephen (Nav)
F/O E Yaternick (A/B)
Sgt J G Pearce (MU/AG)
Sgt A C Crilley (R/AG)
JA712 Returned Primary 18,000 ft at 01.24 hrs P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 17,500 ft at 01.25 hrs S/L K MacAleavey (Nav)
F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
DV309 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 01.24 hrs
LM319 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 01.24 hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
Sgt A R Blackburn (MU/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 01.25 hrs
LL851 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 01.23 hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
JA918 Returned Primary 21,000 ft ay 01.25 hrs P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (23 Apr 1944 - 23 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 23 Apr 1944 23 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 10.35hrs. Air training proceeded with two crews participating in cross country flights, practice bombing and circuits and landings.

Operation/Target: Karlsruhe (24 Apr 1944 - 25 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Karlsruhe 24 Apr 1944 25 Apr 1944 N Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attach targets in KARLSRUHE. The weather was more difficult than usual; thick cloud was encountered soon after the enemy coast was reached and this remained until near the target area with a great deal of static disturbance and icing. The cloud broke suddenly just short of the target, and most crews were able to see quite clearly the PFF markers, which although a few minutes late, were well concentrated. Defences en route did not affect most of our aircraft, although the MANNHEIM area was active. At KARLSRUHE defences were reported as slight to moderate with flak with no searchlight, while the homeward route was uneventable. Night fighter activity was not very apparent, only four sightings and no comabts being reported. All our crews retuned safely to base. Training proceeded, a new crew carrying out air to air firing.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 15,000 ft at 00.49 hrs. Bombed red T.I's. Fires seen from 100 miles
EE139 Returned Primary 17,000 ft at 00.46 hrs. Bombed red T.I's. Red explosion at 00.43 hrs seen
EE193 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 00.44 1/2 hrs. Bombed red T.I's. Large building sen blazing.

[Ed: Listed in ORB as EE913 which can only be a typo. Only EE139 and EE193 otherwise known to fly with the Sqdn.]
F/O D F Neilson (P)
Sgt C A Bennett (F/Eng)
F/O H B Brett (Nav)
F/O C Stocks (A/B)
Sgt A T Paget (W/Op)
F/O J M McKay (R/AG)
Sgt P L McIver (MU/AG)
LL748 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 00.44 hrs. Bombed red T.I's P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ND403 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 00.42 hrs. Bombed green T.I's. Bombing appeared scattered. F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
LL826 Returned Primary 22,500 ft at 00.47 hrs. Bombed red T.I's on ground. No P.F.F seen until 00.42hrs.
ND733 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 00.44 hrs. Bombed on ETA. Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
F/Sgt D M Stephen (Nav)
F/O E Yaternick (A/B)
Sgt J G Pearce (MU/AG)
Sgt A C Crilley (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 14,000 ft at 00.46 hrs. Bombed red and green T.I's. Considered good attack. F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 18,000 ft at 00.43 hrs. Bombed green and red T.I's on ground. Fire seen on leg home. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 00.42 hrs. Bombed red and green T.I's. Fires seen to be goign well.
LL837 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 00.45 hrs. Bombed red and green T.I's. Smoke up to approx. 12,000 feet seen. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 00.44 hrs. Bombed red and green T.I's. Large fires seen in target area.
DV309 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 00.49 hrs. Bombed red T.I's. Severe ising en route; jettisoned 1680 x 4-lb incendiaries and 48 x 30-lb incendiaries to gain height.
LM455 Returned Primary 15,000 ft at 00.47 1/2 hrs. Bombed red and green T.I's. Some bombing seen before TIs went down. P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 17,000 ft at 00.44 hrs. Bombed red and green T.I's. F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 18,000 ft at 01.05 hrs. Bombed fires and incendiaries. Only one TI 10 miles ahead seen. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
JA918 Returned Bombed MANNHEIM 21,000 ft at 04.44 hrs. Concentrated PFF.

[Ed. the record has errors because it records the flight as return landing at home base at 04.40. So assume target probably hit at 01.44.]
P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)
ME687 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 00.46 hrs. Bombed red T.I's on ground. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
Sgt A R Blackburn (MU/AG)

Operation/Target: - (25 Apr 1944 - 25 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 25 Apr 1944 25 Apr 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and accepted, but operations were cancelled at 17.50hrs. A new crew successfully completed a cross country flight.

Operation/Target: Essen (26 Apr 1944 - 27 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Essen 26 Apr 1944 27 Apr 1944 N Eighteen aircraft were offered and accepted for operations. The crews were briefed to attach ESSEN and after the usual excellent Squadron take-off all attacked the target area and returned safely to Base. The general impression was that the ESSEN defences has lost much of their sting, but as for the searchlight belt, F/O Sage "U" said "I have never seen so many searchlights, but they did not worry us and we went straight through them without any trouble." P/O Kenyon in "M" however, had a less pleasant experience, watching a cone building up on his aircraft during his bombing run, he was forced to drop his load short in order to escape from it. As his photos show, he was only 4 miles north of the aiming point when this happened. One "cookie" made the round trip on "S" (P/O Jones) whose Bomber Aimer found it had "hung up" over the target and brought it home. Only slight flak damage was reported by two aircraft "H" W/Cdr Bennett DFC and "O" P/O Marles. Weather en-route caused no trouble and although industrial haze over the target was reported by most crews conditions were good for ground marking. The Target Indicators were all "pranged". F/Lt A B Craig and his crew were first home by a short spinner to finish their first tour. In addition to the Squadron Operational effort three new crews carried out night circuits and landings.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 21,000 feet at 01.52 hours Sgt R H Field (P)
Sgt F N Ashton (F/Eng)
Sgt W E Sellis (Nav)
Sgt S J Strand (A/B)
Sgt B G Holmes (W/Op)
Sgt J Boyd (MU/AG)
Sgt F A West (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 20,000 feet at 01.35 hours
EE193 Returned Primary 21,000 feet at 01.35 hours

[Ed: Listed in ORB as EE913 which can only be a typo. Only EE139 and EE193 otherwise known to fly with the Sqdn.]
F/O D F Neilson (P)
Sgt C A Bennett (F/Eng)
F/O H B Brett (Nav)
F/O C Stocks (A/B)
Sgt A T Paget (W/Op)
F/O J M McKay (R/AG)
Sgt A H Bowers (MU/AG)
JA712 Returned Primary 17,000 feet at 01.41 hours. Hit by heavy flak in target area, holed in A/B's panel P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
ND403 Returned Primary 22,000 feet at 01.30 hours F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
LL826 Returned Primary 21,500 feet at 01.31 1/2 hours. Hit by slight heavty flak.
ND733 Returned Primary 20,000 feet at 01.28 hours Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
F/Sgt D M Stephen (Nav)
F/O E Yaternick (A/B)
Sgt J G Pearce (MU/AG)
Sgt A C Crilley (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 21,500 feet at 01.34 hours
DV279 Returned Last resort target 20,000 ft at 01.30hrs. Coned by searchlight on bombing run and as cone was building up and we couldn't evade dropped bombs 10 miles N of target area. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 20,500 feet at 01.36 hours
LL837 Returned Primary 22,500 feet at 01.29 hours P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 21,000 at 01.30hrs
DV309 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 01.30hrs. 1 x 4000 HC brought back to base as no lights showing "on" after bombing check and not discovered till doubtful as to locality of occupied territory. P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 21,000 ft ay 01.37hrs S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 21,5000 ft at 01.32 3/4hrs F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 01.33 1/2hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
JA918 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 01.33hrs. Coned on run up to Markers, took evasive action and bombed fires.
ME687 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 01.36 1/2hrs. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
Sgt A R Blackburn (MU/AG)

Operation/Target: Friederichshafen (27 Apr 1944 - 28 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Friederichshafen 27 Apr 1944 28 Apr 1944 N Eighteen aircraft were offered and accepted for operations. The crews were briefed to attack targets in FRIEDERICHSHAFEN, Seventeen aircraft became airbourne in seventeen minutes, maintaining the high standard of take off met by the Squadron. One aircraft had to be cancelled owing to engine trouble at the last moment much to the disappointment of F/O Sage in "U" and his crew. Two more aircraft developed engine trouble soon after take-off, P/O Jones "S" had trouble with the inner starboard motor, and F/S Shervington "B" experienced trouble with port outer motor, both aircraft jettisoned their bombs into the sea. P/O Jones "S" landing at Kirmington, F/S Shervington returing to base. W/Cdr J.J. Bennett DFC "O" bombed the last resort target owing to engine trouble. The remainder successfully bombed primary target. The weather was good and good concentration on target was reported, smoke from fires rising to 6000 ft.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned Returned early, port outer engine unserviceable.
EE193 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 02.11 hours. Bombed read and green TIs.

[Ed: Listed in ORB as EE913 which can only be a typo. Only EE139 and EE193 otherwise known to fly with the Sqdn.]
LL748 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.08 hours. Bombed Green and Red T.I's.
ND403 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.15 hours. Bombed fires.
LL826 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 02.07 hours. Bombed red & green T.I's.
ND733 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.011 hours. Bombed red & green T.I's. Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
F/Sgt D M Stephen (Nav)
F/O E Yaternick (A/B)
Sgt J G Pearce (MU/AG)
Sgt A C Crilley (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 02.07 hours. Bombed red & green T.I's. F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 02.08 hours. Bombed red & green T.I's P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
JA712 Returned Target attacked FREIBURG 13,000 ft at 01.32hrs
LL747 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.11hrs. Bombed green T.I's.
LL837 Returned Primary 20,500 ft at 02.09hrs. Bombed red & green T.I's. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.06hrs. Bombed green T.I's. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
Sgt A R Blackburn (MU/AG)
DV309 Returned Returned early, starboard inner engine unserviceable. Landed at Kirmington. P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 02.14hrs. Bombed fires.
LL851 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 02.09hrs. Bombed red & green T.I's. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
JA918 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 02.07hrs. Bombed red & green T.I's.
ME687 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.12hrs. Bombed red & green T.I's. P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (28 Apr 1944 - 28 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 28 Apr 1944 28 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 10.25hrs. One bulls eye exercise was carried out by a semi-experienced crew.

Operation/Target: - (29 Apr 1944 - 29 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 29 Apr 1944 29 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but stand down came through at 10.35hrs. Training of inexperienced crews was continued.

Operation/Target: Maintenon (30 Apr 1944 - 01 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Maintenon 30 Apr 1944 01 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but only twelve were required. The crews were briefed to attack MAINTENON. The twelve aircraft were again airbourne in the short space of fourteen minutes. All the aircraft bombed the primary target successfully, ten photographs being plotted, two of which were on the aiming point. The weather was good and the target was clearly identified , Terrific explosions were seen by the crew when nearing the target and further explosions seen on on the return journey and whilst over the English coast. All the aircraft returned safely to Base without damage or incident. Ground and air crew alike were very enthusiastic to think that the Squadron may be top of the Group "League" for these successful results.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 7,600 ft at 00.10 hrs
EE139 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 23.57 hrs
LL748 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 00.1 3hrs. 1 x 400 lb HE hung up and jettisoned in sea.
ND403 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 23.57 hrs F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
LL826 Returned Primary 4,800 ft at 23.54 hrs

[Station CO G/Cpt McIntyre co-pilot]
G/C R V McIntyre (P)
F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 6,500 ft at 23.56 hrs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
LL747 Returned Primary 7,000 ft at 00.13 hrs P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
DV309 Returned Primary 8,500 ft at 00.04h rs P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 7,000 ft at 23.55 hrs

[Ed. With S/Ldr J A Breckell (Station Navigation Officer) flying as 2nd Nav]
S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
S/L J A Breckell (-)
LL831 Returned Primary 6,500 ft at 23.53 hrs F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
JA918 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 23.59 hrs F/L A D McConnell (A/B)
P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
Sgt A R Blackburn (MU/AG)
ME687 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 00.02 hrs

Operation/Target: Lyons (01 May 1944 - 02 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Lyons 01 May 1944 02 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but only seven were accepted. The crews were briefed to attack the SOCIETE BERLIET MOTOR VEHICLE WORKS at LYONS. Weather conditions were good, bright moonlight, cloudless sky with good visibility marred only by slight ground haze over the target. Bombs were seen to burst on buildings and large clouds of black smoke soon began o obscure the target. Excellent photographs secured by six of the seven Squadron aircraft indicate that the attack was successful. The journey to and from the target was entirely uneventful. Several crews reported having seen fires still burning in the distance from last nights attach on Ammunition Dump at MAINTENON. All our aircraft returned safely to Base, the 550 Squadron representatives were lead by W/Cdr J.J. Bennett DFC the Squadron Commander who had taken with him a "sprog" crew to give them condfidence.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL850 Returned Primary 7,300 ft at 01.06 hrs S/L P A Nicholas (P)
LL826 Returned Primary 8,300 ft at 01.05 hrs
ND733 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 01.16 hrs Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
F/Sgt D M Stephen (Nav)
F/O E Yaternick (A/B)
Sgt J G Pearce (MU/AG)
Sgt A C Crilley (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 11,000 ft at 01.14 hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 9,800 ft at 01.12 1/2 hrs
LL455 Returned Primary 8,500 ft at 01.07 hrs

[Squadron CO W/Cdr Bennett pilot]

[Senior Navigation Officer McAleavey navigator]
ME687 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 01.06 hrs P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (02 May 1944 - 02 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 02 May 1944 02 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but were not accepted, the Squadron being "stood down" at 10.00hrs. The day was devoted to training, formation flying, air to air firing, standard beam approach and dingy search being carried out.

Operation/Target: Mailly (03 May 1944 - 04 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Mailly 03 May 1944 04 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and were accepted. The crews were briefed to attack the Military Barracks at MAILLY. The accepted number of aircraft and crews took off without incident in the usual Squadron style. The weather was clear throughout the journey to and over the target, good visibility and bright moonlight assisted in locating the target, resulting in the target being effectively dealt with. Fires caused by earlier attacks int he MAILLY area were still burning but the Master of Ceremonies had some difficulties in assessing the markers accuracy, with the result that the main force was held up for some minutes. When the order to bomb was finally given, the rush, to quote W/O Knox "D", was like the starting gate at the Derby! Markers appeared to be accurate and a very good concentration of bombing at once became apparent with one or two healthy fires and smoke clouds rising to a height of 8,000 ft. The flak defences in the MAILLY area were only moderate, although the light flak was more intense than had been seen for some time. Numerous enemy night fighters were present and many combats were seen taking place in the bright moonlight - these combats continued until well on the way homewards. "J" F/Sgt Lloyd had a somewhat "dicey" return journey, about half an hour after having bombed the objective he was attacked by an unidentified aircraft and with the trimming tabs shot away his aircraft became temporarily out of control but managed to shake off the enemy fighter. Five minutes later a second attack set fire to the aircraft bomb bay and fuselage. The order to bale out was given and obeyed by the Mid Upper Gunner Sgt Pearce, Read Gunner Sgt Crilley and the Air Bomber F/O Yaternick. The aircraft went into a dive which help to extinguish the flame. Sgt Moore the wireless operator, used all the extinguishers to put out the remaining fire, and when these were exhausted, beat out the flames with his feet and hands. Finding the navigator suffering from severe burns, he rendered first aid and took over the navigational duties, obtained accurate fixes which enabled the pilot to bring back his aircraft safely to England, landing at R.A.F. Station FORD. A very good show put up by the worthy members of 550 Squadron. Many crews found that interference from a broadcasting station made listening to the Master of Ceremonies possessive wireless instructions difficult - as F/Sgt Salmon of "Q" said "One didn't know whether to go in and bomb or stay 'Deep in the Heart of Texas'!" Fourteen good night photographs taken by the Squadron aircraft show that this small precision target received a good "Strafing".
One aircraft "H" (F/L Grain and crew) failed to return. In addition to a very fine crew the aircraft contained the Army Local Defence Adviser, who had gone to see what real modern bombing attacks were like.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 7,000 ft at 00.29 hrs
EE139 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 00.30 hrs
EE193 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 00.29 hrs
LL748 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 00.30 hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
Sgt W H Ansell (MU/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 00.28 hrs P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)
ND403 Returned Primary 7,500 ft at 00.29 hrs F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
LL826 FTR Missing - no news since take-off F/L A J Grain (P)
Sgt J Stanley (F/Eng)
F/O M R Oliver (Nav)
F/O E C Jones (A/B)
F/O H W Batt (W/Op)
Sgt J Ellis (R/AG)
Sgt K R Dye (MU/AG)
Maj S Whipp (-)
ND733 FTR Primary target attacked prior to being severely damaged by enemy night fighter. Aircraft abandoned by A/B, MU/AG and R/AG. Crashed landed at Ford. Remainder of crew admitted to hospital Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
F/Sgt D M Stephen (Nav)
F/O E Yaternick (A/B)
Sgt J G Pearce (MU/AG)
Sgt A C Crilley (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 00.32 hrs
DV279 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 00.32 hrs
LL837 Returned Primary 8,500 ft at 00.29 hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 8,500 ft at 00.25 hrs F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
DV309 Returned Primary 7,500 ft at 00.29 1/2 hrs
LM455 Returned Primary 4,000 ft at 00.27 hrs
LL831 Returned Primary 8,500 ft at 00.31 hrs F/L A D McConnell (A/B)
F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
JA918 Returned Primary 9,500 ft at 00.29 hrs
LL851 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 00.30 hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt A H Bowers (MU/AG)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
ME687 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 00.30 hrs P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (04 May 1944 - 04 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 04 May 1944 04 May 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft with crews were offered for operationsi, none were accepted and the Squadron was stood down at 10.10hrs, and the day devoted to training, standard beam approach, dingy search and air to sea firing.

Operation/Target: - (05 May 1944 - 05 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 05 May 1944 05 May 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but none were accepted, and the Squadron was stood down at 10.05hrs, and the time devoted to air to sea firing. New crews doing circuits and landings and cross country flying.

Operation/Target: Aubigne (06 May 1944 - 07 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Aubigne 06 May 1944 07 May 1944 N Sixteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but only five were accepted. The crews were briefed to attack AUBIGNE-RACON AMMUNITION DUMP. The trip to and from the target was a very quiet and uneventful one, except over the target, where due to accurate bombing, terrific explosions shook the crews almost silly. One member described the ordeal as being similar to riding a cycle over a cobbled stone road. The target was reported by all as having been thoroughly "pranged", in other words, a complete write-off. Huge columns of black smoke rising to a height of between 9 to 10,000 feet, together with huge flames and yellow flashes were seen. All the Squadron participants were able to identify the target visually, good photographs were again obtained. All aircraft returned safely to base. This also applied to other Squadrons in No. 1 Group with one regrettable exception that of A/Cdr Ivelaw-Chapman (13 Base Commander) with F/Lt Shearer and crew of No. 576 Squadron.
F/Sgt Lloyd with Sgt Burke (F/Wng) had Sgt Moore (Wop) who had an eventful trip on the MAILLY BARRACKS raid returned to this Station after having enjoyed great hospitality extended to them by R.A.F. Station FORD.
W/O Stephen (Nav) suffering from burns has been admitted to the Chichester Hospital and is likely to be off for a few weeks.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned Primary 7,000 ft at 02.43 hrs
LL748 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 02.42 hrs P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 02.46 hrs
LL747 Returned Primary 7,500 ft at 02.43 hrs
LL831 Returned Primary 7,500 ft at 02.45 hrs F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Rennes (07 May 1944 - 08 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Rennes 07 May 1944 08 May 1944 N Seventeen and crews were offered for operations but only eleven were accepted. The crews were briefed to attack RENNES AIRFIELD, and an AMMUNITION DUMP situated some three miles south of the airfield. The eleven aircraft took off in the Squadron style, ten having been detailed to attack the hangers, flying control and oil fuel stores between the runways and "K" P/O Bouchard with fourteen aircraft of other Squadrons, to attack the Station Headquarters buildings and barracks and also the main runway. All seems to have gone according to plan and to quote "D" (F/O Bowen-Bravery) "a cookie dropped between hanger and runway and I saw part of the hanger blow up". Several members of aircrews reports having see thick black smoke clouds from oil fires up to 10,000 ft. The weather was clear and the airfield clearly seen. The defences were not at all pronounced and the searchlights were immediately doused after the first bomb went down, another case of "discretion being the better part of valour". Ten good night photographs were taken. All our aircraft returned to Base. Two new crews (P/O Purney and Sgt White) completed night cross country training flights.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 11,000 feet at 00.17 hrs. Starboard inner engine u/s from Frenach coast.
EE139 Returned Primary 12,000 feet at 00.20 hrs. F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
EE193 Returned Primary 11,000 feet at 00.19 1/2 hrs.

[Ed: Listed in ORB as EE913 which can only be a typo. Only EE139 and EE193 otherwise known to fly with the Sqdn.]
LL738 Returned Primary 12,000 feet at 00.15 hrs.
LL834 Returned Primary 11,000 feet at 00.23 hrs. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 11,000 feet at 00.19 hrs.
LL747 Returned Primary 12,000 feet at 00.18 hrs P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 12,000 feet at 00.22 hrs. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 8,000 feet at 00.16 hrs. P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 12,000 feet at 00.16 hrs. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
JA918 Returned Primary 12,000 feet at 00.14 hrs.

Operation/Target: - (08 May 1944 - 08 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 08 May 1944 08 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, none were accepted and the Squadron was stood down at 10.15hrs, the day being devoted to training and lectures given by Specialist Officers

Operation/Target: Mardyck (09 May 1944 - 10 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Mardyck 09 May 1944 10 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, eleven of which were accepted and briefed to attack MARDYCK coastal battery approximately 6 miles west of DUNKIRK, situated on the sand dune and, being only a few hundred yards in area, was not an easy target to hit. All aircraft took off as usual - without incident. The weather became increasingly clearer on the outward journey, and over the target visibility was excellent with bright moonlight. The P.F.F marking was good, the markers going down exactly on time, and a good concentration was achieved. Spectacular results from this kind of attack cannot be expected but all crews were unanimous in expressing the view that the H.E. bomb flashes were exploding all around the markers and in some cases on the markers themselves. The defences were moderate, coming mainly from the Dunkirk area, night fighters were conspicuous by their absence. Once again good photographs were obtained and from these there is every reason to suppose that the attack was satisfactory. One aircraft "W" (F/O Sage) and crew failed to return, no news of it being received after take-off.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned Primary 11,000 feet at 00.12 1/2 hrs W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
LL748 Returned Primary 11,000 feet at 00.13 hrs
ED562 Returned Primary 11,000 feet at 00.12 1/2 hrs
LL810 Returned Primary 12,000 feet at 00.11 hrs P/O E C Purney (P)
Sgt J L Sheahan (F/Eng)
Sgt T E Flanagan (Nav)
Sgt E J Molnar (A/B)
Sgt T G P Cruickshank (W/Op)
Sgt D Yardley (MU/AG)
Sgt K H F de Lengerke (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 12,000 feet at 00.11 hrs
W5005 Returned Primary 11,000 feet at 00.10 1/2 hrs
LL747 Returned Primary 10,000 feet at 00.12 hrs
LM460 Returned Primary 11,000 feet at 00.11 1/2 hrs. F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
DV309 Returned Primary 8,000 feet at 00.11 hrs.
JA918 FTR Missing - no news after take off F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 13,000 feet at 00.12 hrs. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Dieppe (10 May 1944 - 11 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Dieppe 10 May 1944 11 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations, only six accepted, and these were briefed to attack a coastal battery near DIEPPE. The six aircraft took off in the usual Squadron fashion, without incident and at the rate of one aircraft per minute. All claim to have attacked the target in spite of hazy weather. The markers were both prompt and accurate, easily seen by the main force, and collected most of the bombs. Photographs taken were again technically good for all six aircraft. Complete absence of enemy fighters was once again a feature of the operation. Ground opposition was reported as being light to moderate from surrounding heavy flak guns. All aircraft returned safely to base.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL850 Returned Primary 10,000 feet at 00.05 1/2 hrs. S/L P A Nicholas (P)
LL831 Returned Primary 8,000 feet at 00.04 1/2 hrs. F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
EE193 Returned Primary 10,000 feet at 00.04 1/2 hrs. W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 11,500 feet at 00.09 hrs. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
F/O H A Honey (A/B)
LM455 Returned Primary 10,000 feet at 00.17 hrs. Second bombing run had to be made as bombs and photo flash did not go the first time. F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
W5005 Returned Primary 10,000 feet at 00.05 hrs. 100 GP bomb brought back to Base.

Operation/Target: Hasselt (11 May 1944 - 12 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Hasselt 11 May 1944 12 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but only tweleve were accepted and briefed to attack the marshalling yards at HASSELT in north west Belgium. The target lay on the fringe of the small but compact town of Haselt on one of Germany's main lines to the West. Precision bombing of a hight order was necessary to achieve our objective wihout inflicting civilian casualites in occupied territory. The weather over the targe unfortunately was not good enough to permit sufficiently accurate marking for this pinpoint target. Haze prevailed and after investigating possibilities, the aircraft directing operations ordered the main force to bring their bombs home much to the disappointment of the boys. Of the twelve aircraft sent by 550 Squadron, five had released their bombs near the target area, another joined No. 3 Group's attack on the Marshalling Yards at LOUVAIN, 30 miles away - this target being well marked. Of the others F/S Maxwell "V" and Sgt Essex "G" landed with their full bomb load, the remained jettisoned part of their load over the sea. One pilot and his bomb-aimer with the assurance of Ripley himself with "a believe it or not" twinkle on their eyes, claimed to have taxied down the railway line to the right sport but their photograph shows open fields which suggest that thety were derailed.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned No target attacked, bombs jettisoned in sea.
EE193 Returned No target attacked, bombs jettisoned in sea.
ED562 Returned No target attacked, bombs jettisoned in sea.
ME556 Returned Bombed last resort target. 10500 ft at 23.50 1/2 hrs (open country in target area). P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)
LL810 Returned Primary 12,000 ft at 00.02hrs. Bombed visually. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
DV279 Returned No target attacked, bombs jettisoned in sea with the exception of 8 x 1000MC, 4 x 500GP. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
W5005 Returned Primary 12,000 ft at 00.04 hrs. Bombed small fires and explosions. P/O E C Purney (P)
Sgt J L Sheahan (F/Eng)
Sgt T E Flanagan (Nav)
Sgt E J Molnar (A/B)
Sgt T G P Cruickshank (W/Op)
Sgt D Yardley (MU/AG)
Sgt K H F de Lengerke (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 12,000 ft at 00.02 1/2 hrs. Bombed visually. P/O P J Dukelow (P)
LM460 Returned Last resort target. 15,000 ft at 00.22 hrs (Leuvain). P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
DV309 Returned No target attacked, 8 x 1000MC, 4 x 500GP brought back to base, remainder jettisoned in sea.
LM455 Returned Primary 11,000 ft at 23.59 1/2 hrs. Bombed yellow TIs.
LL851 Returned No target attacked - all bombs back to base. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (12 May 1944 - 12 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 12 May 1944 12 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft were offered for operations, none were accepted and the Squadron was stood down from operations at 10.30 hours. Training programme carried out by both "A" and "B" Flights, Formation Flying, S.B.A., Local Flying, Circuits and Landings by three crews Flt. Off. Fauman U.S.A.A.F and Crew, P/O Dukelow and Crew, and P/O Newman and Crew carried out "Bullseys" exercises. Two new crews joined the Squadron from No. 1 L.F.S Hemswell.

[Ed: F/O Fauman crew log-book: LM319 Local Flying, (50mins), LL811 Circuits and Landings (30mins), LL811 Bullseye as Briefed (4hr 15min night)]

Operation/Target: - (13 May 1944 - 13 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 13 May 1944 13 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations, ten were accepted. All the aircraft were bombed up and ready for action, but operations were cancelled at 18.30 hours due to adverse weather conditions. Three recently arrived crews completed their final Cross Country exercises and are now considered to be fully operational.

[Ed: F/O Fauman crew log-book: EE193 Cross country, Returned base port inner u/s(3hrs 20mins night)]

Operation/Target: - (14 May 1944 - 14 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 14 May 1944 14 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, none were accepted and the Squadron was "Stood Down" from Operations at 10.25 hours. The day was devoted to training Fighter Affiliation and Standard Beam Approach were carried out by crews of both "A" and "B" Flights. The Squadron was visited by one Officer and twenty four members of the 1914 (2nd Grimsby) Squadron "E" IMMINGHAM & District Flight Air Training Corps. They weer without exception smart, well disciplined and very nterested inthe work of the Royal Air Force, and above all, keen to have a trip in a heavy bomber. Quite a few were lucky enough to have their wishes satisfied. A signal was received, posting Wing Commander CONNOLLY to 550 Squadron. The present Squadron Commander Wing Commander J.J. Bennett D.F.C. (Bar) has been selected to attend the Senior Commander's Course at R.A.F. College, Cranwell, commencing 17th May 1944.

Operation/Target: - (15 May 1944 - 15 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 15 May 1944 15 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, none were accepted and the Squadron was "stood down" at 10.20hrs. Flying training was limited owning to bad weather. All flying personnel on the Squadron were lectured on various subjects of interest to air-crew only. W/Cdr CONNOLLY reported for duty with the Squadron, official notification received attaching W/Cdr BENNETT to O.A.T.A Cranwell for the Senior Commanders Course. P/O Bouchard and his crew having completed their first tour with the Squadron proceeded on leave prior to posting. This crew joined the Squadron on its formation and is the first to complete the whole tour in the Squadron.

Operation/Target: - (16 May 1944 - 16 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 16 May 1944 16 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, none were accepted and the Squadron was "Stood Down" from Operations at 10.00 hours. A training programme of S.B.A., air firing, fighter affiliation was carried out, and a Night Cross Country by F/S Lloyd to regain confidence after his somewhat hazardous trip of 3/4th May. uneventfual day - cold and raining.

Operation/Target: - (17 May 1944 - 17 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 17 May 1944 17 May 1944 Y The usual eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but none were accepted and the Squadron was "Stood Down" at 09.50 hours. Owing to bad weather no flying took place and the members of aircrew attended lectures and a cinema show of "Oxygen" and "Interrogation of Prisoners of War" in the STations Gymnasium. The weather was cold and miserable, colder than most days during the windter months.

Operation/Target: - (18 May 1944 - 18 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 18 May 1944 18 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, and again none were accepted and the Squadron was "Stood Down" 09.30 hours. Although the weather left much to be desired air to air firing and local flying took place. W/Cdr Connolly himself carried out air test with the .5 gun fitted to the mid-under of one of our Lancasters. The mounting and fitting are in the experimental stages and every endeavour is being made to improve the mounting to avoid the gun being affected by the slipstream, which makes manipulation very difficult. Aircrews paraded for Pep Talk and games in the afternoon.

Operation/Target: Orleans (19 May 1944 - 20 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Orleans 19 May 1944 20 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft and crews offered for operations, fifteen of which were accepted and briefed to attack Marshalling Yards immediately north of the City of ORLEANS. The boys in the Squadron were delighted at the thought of being able to take to the air again after a lull of eight days. The take-off was of the usual 550 Squadron standard, the fifteen aircraft taking off in 14 minutes. The preliminary reports of the attack give every sign of it having been highly successful - another feather in the cap of Bomber Command and 550 Squadron. All reports speak of explosions of which the most outstanding one seems to have been at 00.46hrs early in the attack when debris was hurled up to 3000 ft. The explosions turned into a raging fire seen from 40 miles away. Photographs taken show that the Squadron were either on or very near the aiming point. W/Cdr Connellys' pre-bombing photo shows him travelling in the right direcvtion some 550 yards short of the aiming point - a promising preface, but his bombing pictures were unplottable due to the smoke. This was W/Cdr Connelly's first operatiuonl trip with the Squadron since taking command. P/O Marles in "T" (Tommy) made the round trip in spite of the rear turret being unservicebale from a few minutes after take-off. P/O Dukelow put up a creditable show on his maiden trip. All our aircraft returned safely to Base, and the crews satisifed with their nights work.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.45 hrs. Brought back 1 x 1000 MC & 1 x 1000 GP (USA) F/O G P Fauman (P)
F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
Sgt R Blackburn (MU/AG)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
EE193 Returned Primary 11,000 ft at 00.50 hrs
LL748 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.53 hrs. Large fires seen 40 miles away. P/O E C Purney (P)
Sgt J L Sheahan (F/Eng)
Sgt T E Flanagan (Nav)
Sgt E J Molnar (A/B)
Sgt T G P Cruickshank (W/Op)
Sgt D Yardley (MU/AG)
Sgt K H F de Lengerke (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 00.47 hrs W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
ED562 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 00.47 hrs P/O S B Taylor (P)
Sgt I V Browse (F/Eng)
WO2 E Salte (Nav)
F/Sgt S G Card (A/B)
Sgt R H Hoggard (W/Op)
Sgt R L Wood (MU/AG)
Sgt D A Stanley (R/AG)
LL810 Returned Primary 7,500 ft at 00.45 hrs P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)
P/O K J Newman (P)
DV279 Returned Primary 12,000 ft at 00.46 hrs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LL811 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 00.43 hrs
W5005 Returned Primary 11,000 ft at 00.56 hrs.
LL747 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 00.47 hrs
LL837 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 00.47 hrs F/L A D McConnell (A/B)
P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 00.46 hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 00.47 hrs. Ten minutes after take-off rear turret u/s owing to burst pipe-line, but decided to continue.
LL831 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.44 hrs.
LL851 Returned Primary 10,400 ft at 00.45 hrs P/O P J Dukelow (P)
Sgt D S Bruty (F/Eng)
P/O L R Dunham (Nav)
Sgt L R Towsley (A/B)
Sgt D A W Mayo (W/Op)
P/O H E MacDuff (MU/AG)
Sgt S A Jarvis (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (20 May 1944 - 20 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 20 May 1944 20 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but none were accepted and the Squadron was stood down at 10.15 hrs. The weather was wet and cold, there was no flying and little of interest occurred.

Operation/Target: Duisburg (21 May 1944 - 22 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Duisburg 21 May 1944 22 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft and crews offered for operations and all were accepted and briefed to attach targets in DUISBURG, the steel and coal centre of the Ruhr and Rhine, which has not had the attention of Bomber Command for about twelve months. The weather over the target was cloudy and called for blind bombing by a method which has already paid good dividends in "Happy Valley". Photographs as was to be expected yielded no joy and cannot profitably be commented upon, all showing thick cloud and in some instances fine tracks. Although there were several sightings of the enemy the general impressions of DUISBURG defences confirms the view that they were less active than a year ago. P/O Dukelow, F/S Hinde and Sgt Essex with their crews failed to return to Base.

[Ed: but can only find 17 aircraft listed in the battle-order (after multiple cross-checking of the ORB) of which 3 aircraft and crews FTR.]
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 FTR Missing Sgt K A Essex (P)
Sgt A W McWhirter (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F J W Smith (Nav)
F/Sgt R E Porter (A/B)
Sgt A Symonds (W/Op)
Sgt P L McIver (MU/AG)
Sgt R E Muffett (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 01.21 hrs
EE193 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 01.11 hrs. 24 x 30 incd. brought back
LL748 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 01.12 hrs P/O E C Purney (P)
Sgt J L Sheahan (F/Eng)
Sgt T E Flanagan (Nav)
Sgt E J Molnar (A/B)
Sgt T G P Cruickshank (W/Op)
Sgt K H F de Lengerke (R/AG)
Sgt D S Lowe (MU/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 01.21 hrs W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
LL811 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 01.13 hrs F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
Sgt R Blackburn (MU/AG)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
LL810 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 01.13 hrs
ED796 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 01.19 hrs P/O K J Newman (P)
Sgt J B Rowlands (F/Eng)
F/O E A F Hall (Nav)
Sgt W J Kemp (A/B)
F/Sgt J C O'Riordan (MU/AG)
Sgt W J McCallum (R/AG)
Sgt P C M King (W/Op)
DV279 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 01.11 hrs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
W5005 Returned Primary 23,000 ft at 01.10 hrs
LL747 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 01.09 hrs
LL837 Returned Primary 24,000 ft at 01.11 hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 01.16 hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
DV309 FTR Missing P/O G W Hinde (P)
Sgt T L J Whittick (F/Eng)
Sgt D Hughes (Nav)
F/Sgt C C Sharland (A/B)
Sgt D R M Davies (W/Op)
Sgt E C Beacham (MU/AG)
Sgt W A J Young (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 01.13 hrs
LL831 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 01.09 hrs F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL851 FTR Missing P/O P J Dukelow (P)
Sgt D S Bruty (F/Eng)
P/O L R Dunham (Nav)
Sgt L R Towsley (A/B)
Sgt D A W Mayo (W/Op)
P/O H E MacDuff (MU/AG)
Sgt S A Jarvis (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Dortmund (22 May 1944 - 23 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Dortmund 22 May 1944 23 May 1944 N Sixteen aircraft and crews offered for operations all being accepted and were briefed to attack DORTMUND.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned No target attacked. Inter-com u/s to rear turret over Base. Abandoned 23.40 hrs. Immediately bombs went trouble cleared. P/O T M J Shervington (P)
Sgt A Small (F/Eng)
W/O J R Mawhinney (Nav)
Sgt K R Ansell (A/B)
Sgt E R Hall (W/Op)
Sgt A C Griffiths (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Dennett (R/AG)
EE193 Returned Primary 18,000 feet at 00.48 hrs. P/O K J Newman (P)
Sgt J B Rowlands (F/Eng)
F/O E A F Hall (Nav)
Sgt W J Kemp (A/B)
F/Sgt J C O'Riordan (MU/AG)
Sgt W J McCallum (R/AG)
Sgt P C M King (W/Op)
LL748 Returned Primary 20,000 feet at 00.47 hrs. P/O E C Purney (P)
Sgt J L Sheahan (F/Eng)
Sgt T E Flanagan (Nav)
Sgt E J Molnar (A/B)
Sgt D Yardley (MU/AG)
Sgt K H F de Lengerke (R/AG)
Sgt J G Hill (W/Op)
ME556 Returned Primary 21,000 feet at 00.53 hrs. W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
ED562 Returned Primary 21,000 feet at 00.46 hrs. Gee u/s from emeny coast on outward trip. P/O S B Taylor (P)
Sgt I V Browse (F/Eng)
WO2 E Salte (Nav)
F/Sgt S G Card (A/B)
Sgt R H Hoggard (W/Op)
Sgt R L Wood (MU/AG)
Sgt D A Stanley (R/AG)
LL811 Returned Primary 20,000 feet at 00.48 hrs. F/O G P Fauman (P)
Sgt W J Killick (F/Eng)
F/Sgt A E Stebner (Nav)
F/O M S Merevitz (A/B)
Sgt P E Cooksey (W/Op)
Sgt J A Ringrow (MU/AG)
Sgt W A Drake (R/AG)
LL810 Returned Primary 22,000 feet at 00.47 hrs. P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 21,000 feet at 00.50 hrs. F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 21,000 feet at 00.49 hrs.
W5005 Returned Primary 22,000 feet at 00.51 hrs.
LL747 Returned Primary 23,000 feet at 00.50 hrs.
LL837 Returned Primary 22,000 feet at 00.49 hrs. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 21,000 feet at 00.48 hrs. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 20,000 feet at 00.49 hrs.
LL831 Returned Primary 22,000 feet at 00.48 hrs.
LL796 Returned Primary 20,000 feet at 00.50 hrs. F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (23 May 1944 - 23 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 23 May 1944 23 May 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft and crews offered for operations but the Squadron was stood down at 10.09hrs, the training of new crews was continued in good weather. Two night cross country exercises were carried out by F/O Wareham and F/O Buchanen with their crews. P/O Kenyon and his crew completed their first tour of operations and have been sent on leave pending disposal to an OTU or Conversion Unit. Whilst the Squadon is loathe to part with such an excellent crew and the poorer for it, P/O Kenyon and his crew have the very best wishes for their future success and well-being from all members of the Squadron.

Operation/Target: Aachen (24 May 1944 - 25 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Aachen 24 May 1944 25 May 1944 N Seventeen aircraft and crews offered and accepted for operations. The crews were briefed to attack the Marshalling yards at AACHEN. With their mission successfully completed all aircraft and crews returned safely and unscathed. The take-off was good, as is usual, and the weather good. Two of the Squadrons aircraft were engaged in combat F/Sgt Barton ("T") and P/O Newman ("C") both proved inconclusive, the enemy breaking off the engeagement in both cases. Bombing photographs taken were of exceptional interest to the Intelligence, and confirm that the Squadon has assisted in adding some aches to AIX-LA-CHAPELLE.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.23 hrs
EE193 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 02.27 1/2 hrs P/O K J Newman (P)
Sgt J B Rowlands (F/Eng)
F/O E A F Hall (Nav)
Sgt W J Kemp (A/B)
F/Sgt J C O'Riordan (MU/AG)
Sgt W J McCallum (R/AG)
Sgt P C M King (W/Op)
LL748 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.25 hrs S/L P A Nicholas (P)
ME556 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 02.26 hrs W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
ED562 Returned No target attacked. Starboard inner engine caught fire due to collant leak and had to be feathered. P/O S B Taylor (P)
Sgt I V Browse (F/Eng)
WO2 E Salte (Nav)
F/Sgt S G Card (A/B)
Sgt R H Hoggard (W/Op)
Sgt R L Wood (MU/AG)
Sgt D A Stanley (R/AG)
LL811 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 02.28 hrs. 1 x 1000 GP (USA) brought back. F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
Sgt R Blackburn (MU/AG)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
LL810 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 02.27 hrs P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 02.24 hrs F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.28 hrs P/O E C Purney (P)
Sgt J L Sheahan (F/Eng)
Sgt T E Flanagan (Nav)
Sgt E J Molnar (A/B)
Sgt D Yardley (MU/AG)
Sgt K H F de Lengerke (R/AG)
Sgt J G Hill (W/Op)
W5005 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 02.28 hrs
LL796 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.25 hrs
LL747 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.25 hrs
LL837 Returned Primary 22,000 ft at 02.29 hrs F/O M A Buchanan (P)
P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.25 hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.26 hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 02.30 hrs F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 02.26 1/2 hrs

Operation/Target: - (25 May 1944 - 25 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 25 May 1944 25 May 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews offered for operations and were accepted and briefed to attack MANNHEIM. Everybody was set with the machines bombed up and engines being run-up preparatory to take-off when the order cancelling Operations was received at 21.59hrs

Operation/Target: - (26 May 1944 - 26 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 26 May 1944 26 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews offered for operations but the Squadron was stood down at 09.34hrs and the day devoted to training. Fighter affiliations, air to sea firing and cross country exercises were carried out.

[Ed: F/O Fauman crew log-book: LL748 Fighter Affiliation (1hr)]

Operation/Target: Aachen (27 May 1944 - 28 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Aachen 27 May 1944 28 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft with crews offered for operations, fifteen of which were accepted and briefed to attack the Marshalling yards ROTHE-ERDE of AACHEN, east of the city. The fifteen aircraft took off in typical 550 Squadron style. Two aircraft "K" (P/O McCrea and "H" (P/O Purney) failed to return, but the majority of the others claim to have bombed the primary target, which despite a light haze, was clearly marked and in some cases visually identified. Information from crews and photographs taken suggests that the attack was successfully carried out. Poor visibility at Base made it necessary for ten aircraft to land at other airfields on their return, and were accommodated at Binbrook, Kelstern, Ludford-Magna and Waltham. The only three which made Base were "J" (W/Cdr Connolly), "S" (P/O Maxwell) and "P" (F/Lt Richard). With this trip the last named with his crew completed their tour.
Higher authority have officially recognised the destruction of a JU 88 by Sgt Campbell the rear gunner in "F" (Sgt White) on 22/23rd May 1944, as a result of supporting evidence having been recorded by five other bombers in the Command.
S/Ldr Graham (Australian) "B" Flight Commander affectionately know to the boys as "Bluey" completed his second tour of operations, rendered his Swan Song prior to his departure from the Squadron on posting to No. 1 Lancasters Finishing School, RAF Station Hemswell. "Bluey" was always keen and conscientious and extremely popular with the boys and it often needed a firm hand to keep him on the ground. Had he succeeded in getting his own way, he would have simply whistled through his second tour of operations.

Information received from HQ Bomber Command that the King, on the recommendation of the Air Officer Commanding, had approved the Immediate Award of the Distinguished Flying Medals to F/Sgt LLOYD and Sgt. MOORE for their magnificient show on the night of 3/4th May after attacking their target at MAILLY. [As narrated earlier on page 1.]
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL839 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 02.25 hrs
EE139 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 02.31 hrs. Landed at Binbrook.
LL748 Returned Primary 11,000 ft at 02.28 hrs. Landed at Kelstern. [Fauman crew log book confirms)
ME556 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 02.25 hrs. Landed at Waltham. W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
ED562 Returned Primary 12,000 ft at 02.26 hrs. Landed ay Kelstren. P/O S B Taylor (P)
Sgt I V Browse (F/Eng)
WO2 E Salte (Nav)
F/Sgt S G Card (A/B)
Sgt R H Hoggard (W/Op)
Sgt R L Wood (MU/AG)
Sgt D A Stanley (R/AG)
JA712 FTR Missing P/O E C Purney (P)
Sgt J L Sheahan (F/Eng)
Sgt T E Flanagan (Nav)
Sgt E J Molnar (A/B)
Sgt D Yardley (MU/AG)
Sgt K H F de Lengerke (R/AG)
Sgt P C M King (W/Op)
LL810 FTR Missing P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)
LL796 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 02.29 hrs. Landed at Waltham.
W5005 Returned Primary 12,500 ft at 02.26 hrs. Landed at Waltham. 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)
LL747 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 02.25 hrs.
LL837 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 02.26 hrs. Landed at Waltham
LM460 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 02.26 hrs. Landed at Waltham. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 12,000 ft at 02.26 hrs. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 11,500 ft at 02.25 hrs. Landed at Kelstern. F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 12,000 ft at 02.25 hrs. Landed at Kelstern.

Operation/Target: - (28 May 1944 - 28 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 28 May 1944 28 May 1944 Y Six, plus ten aircraft and crews which had landed away, were offered for operations but none were accepted and the Squadron was stood down from operations at 10.30hrs. The day was devoted to Training, Air Firing, Fighter Affilliation, Cross-Country and Local Flying. A number of Air Crews were very usefully employed in tidying up the surrounding ground outside the Squadron Offices. Weather as reasonably good, with haze and thunder clound.

Operation/Target: - (29 May 1944 - 29 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 29 May 1944 29 May 1944 Y Fifteen aircraft and crews were offered for oparations bu the Squadron was stood down again and Instructional Films being shown to all aircrew. A talk to all officers on the Sation was given by the Station Commander, Group Captain McIntyre, DFC on discipline in general, chiefly for the benefit of the Junior Officers. The Wireless Operators received instruction in the manipulation of the latest "MONICA", by a Command Specialist Officer. Weather was good with plenty of sunshine.

Operation/Target: - (30 May 1944 - 30 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 30 May 1944 30 May 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft and crews were offered but again none were accepted for operations and the Squadron stood down at 10.40hrs. The day was devoted to ground training, the Link Trainer Installation being completed was used for the first time. Recreational gardening and PT and games were played. Weather was mostly dull with low cloud base.

Operation/Target: - (31 May 1944 - 31 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 31 May 1944 31 May 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft and crews were offered but once again were stood down at 10.35hrs. The day was devoted to Formation Flying, Air to Sea Firing and Bombing, Fighter Affiliation and night Cross Country and Bombing by recently arrived crews. Permission was granted by Headquarters No. 1 Group for an additional crew from each Flight to go on leave for the present Moon Period. The Squadron was visited by the Group Flight Engineer and Bombing Leaders - S/Ldr Spinks and S/Ldr Morris respectively. The Squadron Flight Engineer Leader F/Lt Cornwall (Australian) departed this Squadron to take up appointment as Group Flight Engineer Leader at No. 1 Group Headquarters, after having been selected from several Squadron Flight Engineer Leaders within the Group. The weather was very good with, once again, plenty of sunshine.

Operation/Target: - (01 Jun 1944 - 01 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 01 Jun 1944 01 Jun 1944 Y 15 aircraft and crews offered for operations but stood down at 18.25hrs. Crews received lectures during the course of the day and carried out Air Firing exercises and local flying.

Operation/Target: Calais (02 Jun 1944 - 03 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Calais 02 Jun 1944 03 Jun 1944 N 16 aircraft offered for operations, but only 14 accepted, to attack defended areas on a coastal battery at CALAIS.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL747 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.30 1/2 hrs 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)
LL800 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.33hrs F/O G P Fauman (P)
Sgt W J Killick (F/Eng)
F/Sgt A E Stebner (Nav)
F/O M S Merevitz (A/B)
Sgt P E Cooksey (W/Op)
Sgt J A Ringrow (MU/AG)
Sgt W A Drake (R/AG)
LL748 Returned Mission abandoned over target due to inability to pinpoint. TIs not sighted. Brought bombs back. Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
Sgt D S Lowe (MU/AG)
F/Sgt L W F Coe (Nav)
F/Sgt R R Begley (A/G)
F/O H A Honey (A/B)
ME556 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.30 1/2hrs W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
ED562 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.32 1/2hrs 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)
LL134 Returned Mission abandoned over target due to inability to pinpoint. TIs not sighted. Brought bombs back.
LL850 Returned Primary 8,500 ft at 00.33hrs F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.32hrs
Note from crew log: aircraft came under heavy ack ack fire and rolled over down to 10,000 feet before recovering.
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)
W5005 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.30hrs
LL796 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 00.34hrs
LL838 Returned Primary 5,500 ft at 00.33 1/2hrs S/L G S Smith (P)
F/Sgt R Townsend (W/Op)
F/O R Kay (F/Eng)
F/O J J Berg (Nav)
F/O L Pulfrey (A/B)
F/L St. J Tizard (MU/AG)
F/O J Heath (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.31hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 9,500 ft at 00.30 1/2hrs F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 00.30 1/2hrs 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)

Operation/Target: Wimereaux (03 Jun 1944 - 04 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Wimereaux 03 Jun 1944 04 Jun 1944 N 16 aircraft offered for operations and 14 accepted. Crews briefed to attack railborne coastal battery in the vicinity of the peace-time resort of Wimereaux near Boulogne. All the Squadron aircraft successfully took off in the usual style and claimed to have bombed their objective. The Squadron's striking force had to contend with thick cloud over most of the route, but found the target practicially clear at their bombing heights. P.F.F markers were prompt, and, as far as can be ascertained from the bombing photographs were accurate to within a hundred yards of the bombing point. P/O Holdsworth "B" sighted a twin engined aircraft while bombing, and shortly afterwards the mid upper gunner had a crack at a F.W. 190 which appeared to be acting as a decoy for a M.E. 110 which was attended to by the Rear Gunner. Neither of the enemy aircraft returned the Lancaster's fire, and the Pilot observed stikes on the F.W. 190, which is claimed as probably damaged.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 01.14 hrs 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 8,500 ft at 01.18 hrs F/L A D McConnell (A/B)
Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
Sgt D S Lowe (MU/AG)
F/Sgt L W F Coe (Nav)
F/Sgt R R Begley (A/G)
EE193 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 01.16 hrs W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
ED562 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 01.18 1/2 hrs 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)
LL134 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 01.18 hrs S/L P A Nicholas (P)
F/O S C Beeson (P)
PA995 Returned Primary 8,500 ft at 01.15 1/2 hrs F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
Sgt R Blackburn (MU/AG)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
LL850 Returned Primary 8,500 ft at 01.17 1/2 hrs F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 01.17 hrs
LL796 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 01.16 hrs
LL837 Returned Primary 9,500 ft at 01.16 hrs
LM460 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 01.17 1/2 hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 01.15 hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 01.17 hrs F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 01.17 1/2 hrs 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)

Operation/Target: - (04 Jun 1944 - 04 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 04 Jun 1944 04 Jun 1944 Y 16 aircraft and crews offered for operations but stood down at 10.23hrs and day devoted to lectures, horticultural gardening and general cleaning of the Squadron quarters.

[Ed: Fauman crew log-book: ED562 Map reading (training) (1hr 5mins)]

Operation/Target: Crisbecq (05 Jun 1944 - 06 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Crisbecq 05 Jun 1944 06 Jun 1944 N The crews of the 18 aircraft which had been accepted for operations were briefed to attack a coastal battery commanding a strategic position on the Cherburg peninsula at CRISBECQ. All aircraft took off promptly and without incident. Although some cloud was encountered across England on the outward journey enough was seen to realise that the whole of southern England was on the move. Whilst flying across the Channel a vast armada, of ships was seen making their way towards France. At the target 10/10th cloud was encountered but the glow from the markers was seen quite distinctly beneath. All crews agreed that the bomb flashes, as far as could be judged were well centred around the marker. The Flak around the target was negligable and very few incidents were reported by our crews who all returned safely after participating in the opening phase of the invasion of Europe.
The A.O.C No. 1 Group has received a message from the A.O.C in C in which he states that a recent return showed 100% servicability of all first line aircraft throughout Bomber Command. This extraordinary degree of serviceability not only reflects the utmost credit upon the devoted efforts of all maintainance personnel during the intensive operations but is, and will be a major contribution towards winning the War. The Squadron personnel can justly, and with pride claim that they have and will continue to contribute towards the destruction of the Hun.
Since recording the above S.H.A.E.F. have issued a communique to the effect that surprisingly little resistance was offered by coastal defences which is very gratifying to the boys of the Squadron. The Squadron striking force of eigtheen aircraft who beat the spearhead by a matter of hours know now, like all the world that the spear was driven straight and true, leaving 550 Squadron to create more chaos behind the Hun's lines.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 23.37 hrs
EE193 Returned Primary 9,200 ft at 23.35 hrs 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)
LL743 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 23.35 hrs
PA991 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 23.37 hrs F/O G P Fauman (P)
Sgt W J Killick (F/Eng)
F/Sgt A E Stebner (Nav)
F/O M S Merevitz (A/B)
Sgt P E Cooksey (W/Op)
Sgt J A Ringrow (MU/AG)
Sgt W A Drake (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 23.36 hrs W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
ED562 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 23.36 1/2 hrs 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)
LM134 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 23.36 hrs
LL850 Returned Primary 10,500 ft at 23.36 1/2 hrs
LL811 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 23.34 hrs F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
DV279 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 23.37 hrs
W5005 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 23.34 hrs
LL796 Returned Primary 8,500 ft at 23.36 hrs F/O M L Dubois (P)
F/O W Boocock (P)
LL747 Returned Primary 8,500 ft at 23.25 1/2 hrs. S/L G S Smith (P)
F/Sgt R Townsend (W/Op)
F/O R Kay (F/Eng)
F/O J J Berg (Nav)
F/O L Pulfrey (A/B)
F/L St. J Tizard (MU/AG)
F/O J Heath (R/AG)
F/O G H Packham (P)
LL837 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 23.37 hrs.
LM460 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 23.35 hrs. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 23.35 1/2 hrs. P/O P Maxwell (P)
F/Lt R Thomas (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 23.36 1/2 hrs. F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 23.34 hrs. 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)

Operation/Target: Achères (06 Jun 1944 - 07 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Achères 06 Jun 1944 07 Jun 1944 N Nineteen aircraft and crews offered for operations and briefed to attack the rail junction at ACHÈRES, near Paris. The weather was cloudy and quite a few of the aircraft brought their bombs back on orders from the Master Bomber. The evidence of those who saw and bombed the markers together with the tale told by their photographs, gave every indication that this particular junction no longer exists. Two of our newer crews returned with very fine bombing prints. From this operation "F" (P/O Shervington and crew) failed to return.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE193 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base. 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 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base.
PA991 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base. F/O G P Fauman (P)
Sgt W J Killick (F/Eng)
F/Sgt A E Stebner (Nav)
F/O M S Merevitz (A/B)
Sgt P E Cooksey (W/Op)
Sgt J A Ringrow (MU/AG)
Sgt W A Drake (R/AG)
ME556 FTR Missing P/O T M J Shervington (P)
Sgt A Small (F/Eng)
W/O J R Mawhinney (Nav)
Sgt K R Ansell (A/B)
Sgt E R Hall (W/Op)
Sgt A C Griffiths (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Dennett (R/AG)
ED562 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base. 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)
LM134 Returned Primary 11,000 ft at 02.30 hrs
LL811 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base.
PA995 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base. S/L P A Nicholas (P)
LL850 Returned Primary 6,000 ft at 02.21 hrs F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 5,000 ft at 02.21 hrs
W5005 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 02.24 hrs
LL796 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base. 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)
LL747 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base. 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)
LL837 Returned Primary 5,000 ft at 02.26 hrs F/O G H Packham (P)
Sgt C C C Pettit (F/Eng)
Sgt J Matthews (Nav)
Sgt J S Jenkins (A/B)
Sgt F A Willson (W/Op)
Sgt J Jackson (MU/AG)
Sgt E J Morgan (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 7,000 ft at 02.20 hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 02.19 hrs. Starboard outer engine u/s. F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL831 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base.
LL800 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 02.24 hrs

Operation/Target: - (07 Jun 1944 - 07 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 07 Jun 1944 07 Jun 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations, but the Squadron was stood down from operations at 10.35hrs and the day weas devoted to ground training and lectures. F/O Dubois and crew carried out local flying and a night Cross Country exercise. P.R.U. photographs taken today show that most of the tracks at the northern apex of the triangular complex at Achères were severed, while at the junction itself six craters of seen on the tracks.

Operation/Target: - (08 Jun 1944 - 08 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 08 Jun 1944 08 Jun 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations, but after having made all the preparations the operations were cancelled at 19.13hrs. No flying took place during the day owing to bad weather conditions, ground training and lectures were given buy the various section leaders.

Operation/Target: Flers (09 Jun 1944 - 10 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Flers 09 Jun 1944 10 Jun 1944 N 18 aircraft offered and briefed for operations. The attack was made against the enemy airfield at FLERS and all the aircraft took off to time and without incident. The weather difficulties less than expected and all crew claim a successful attack. Owing to low cloud over the target, bombing took place at heights from 1500 ft to 6000 ft and several reports of visual identification indicate that the airfield believed to be used by day fighters, was both accurately marked and bombed, several explosions were seen. The whole force on this target returned without loss.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Primary 1,200 ft at 03.27 hrs 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)
EE193 Returned Primary 3,500 ft at 03.25 hrs 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 4,000 ft at 03.21 hrs
PA991 Returned Primary 1,500 ft at 03.26 hrs
ED562 Returned Primary 3,500 ft at 03.22 hrs
LM134 Returned Primary 3,600 ft at 03.22 1/2 hrs
LL811 Returned Primary 3,000 ft at 03.15 hrs
PA995 Returned Primary 2,500 ft at 03.22 hrs S/L P A Nicholas (P)
LL850 Returned Primary 3,500 ft at 03.24 hrs F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 5,000 ft at 03.28 hrs F/O G H Packham (P)
Sgt C C C Pettit (F/Eng)
Sgt J Matthews (Nav)
Sgt J S Jenkins (A/B)
Sgt F A Willson (W/Op)
Sgt J Jackson (MU/AG)
Sgt E J Morgan (R/AG)
W5005 Returned Primary 4,000 ft at 03.18 hrs
LL796 Returned Primary 6,000 ft at 03.25 hrs 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)
LL747 Returned Primary 1,500 ft at 03.20 hrs S/L G S Smith (P)
F/Sgt R Townsend (W/Op)
F/O R Kay (F/Eng)
F/O J J Berg (Nav)
F/O L Pulfrey (A/B)
F/L St. J Tizard (MU/AG)
F/O J Heath (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 3,500 ft at 03.18 hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 3,500 ft at 03.27 hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 2,000 ft at 03.21 hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 3,000 ft at 03.27 hrs 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)
LL831 Returned Primary 3,500 ft at 03.22 1/2 hrs

Operation/Target: Achères (10 Jun 1944 - 11 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Achères 10 Jun 1944 11 Jun 1944 N Eighteen aircraft were offered for operations, sixteen of which were accepted and briefed to attack the railway station at ACHÈRES, on the main Paris-Rouen line. The aircraft took off in the usual Squadron style and successfully completed their missions, claiming to have bombed the target from 4000 ft to 10,000 ft. The haze over the target was insufficient to prevent visual identificiation and the bombing photographs bear out the general opinion that the attached was successful. The rear gunner of "K" (F/O Dubois) reported having fired at a J.U. 88 which did not return fire. The rear gunner of "E" (P/O Purvis) saw a JU 88 attacking a Lancaster which it apparantly shot down. He gave it a short burst at 650 yards range as the fighter turned in to attack, both gunners beaded the Hun, who after some ineffectual return fire dived steeply and exploded on the ground. All the Squadron striking force returned safely to base.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Primary 5,500 ft at 01.15 hrs. Bombed green TI. 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)
EE193 Returned Primary 4,500 ft at 01.10 hrs. Bombed red TI 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 8,000 ft at 01.12 hrs. Bomber mixed T.Is.
PA991 Returned Primary 5,000 ft at 01.18 hrs. Bomber green T.I. Claim JU88
ED562 Returned Primary 7,000 ft at 01.10 hrs. Bomber green T.I.
LM134 Returned Primary 6,000 ft at 01.14 hrs. Bomber green T.I. Saw good fires starting.
LL811 Returned Primary 6,000 ft at 01.09 hrs. Bomber red T.I. Port outer engine u/s.
PA995 Returned Primary 5,000 ft at 01.14 hrs. Bomber green T.I. 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)
LL850 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 01.15 hrs. Bomber green T.I. F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 7,000 ft at 01.13 hrs. Bomber green T.I. F/O G H Packham (P)
Sgt C C C Pettit (F/Eng)
Sgt J Matthews (Nav)
Sgt J S Jenkins (A/B)
Sgt F A Willson (W/Op)
Sgt J Jackson (MU/AG)
Sgt E J Morgan (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 01.09 hrs. Bomber red T.I. F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 4,000 ft at 01.11 hrs. Bomber green T.I. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 5,000 ft at 01.10 hrs. Bomber mixed T.Is. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 8,000 ft at 01.10 hrs. Bomber red T.I. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LL796 Returned Primary 9,000 ft at 01.12 hrs. Bomber red T.I. 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)
LL831 Returned Primary 5,000 ft at 01.11 hrs. Bomber red T.I.

Operation/Target: - (11 Jun 1944 - 11 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 11 Jun 1944 11 Jun 1944 Y The Squadron was stood down from operations and the day was devoted to air-sea firing exercises, lectures and ground training.

Operation/Target: Gelsenkirchen (12 Jun 1944 - 13 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Gelsenkirchen 12 Jun 1944 13 Jun 1944 N 19 aircraft offered for operations and briefed to attack synthetic oil plant at GELSENKIRCHEN four miles north of Essen. All aircraft carried nearly six tons of HE including "cookie" and claimed to have bombed the markers. The weather offered no unusual difficulties the target, however, was a more than usually elusive one even for the Ruhr, consisting as it did of a compact and highly vulnerable plant in a sparsely built up area.

MORE DETAILS TBA

F/L Waite and P/O Rogers and their crews completed the first operational tour on this sortie.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Primary 17,000 ft at 01.06 hrs. Saw yellow explosion at 01.05, followed by smoke. 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)
EE193 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 01.02 hrs. Smoke up to 15000 ft. Aircraft hit by flak. 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 19,000 ft at 01.03 hrs. Say large explosion at 01.04 fires concentrated.
PA991 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 01.04 hrs. Say serveral large explosions at 01.04. Grey smoke up to 10,000 ft S/L P A Nicholas (P)
F/L J C Lord (P)
ED905 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 01.06 hrs. Much smoke up to 8000 ft
ED562 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 01.00 hrs
LM134 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 01.09 hrs. Concentrated fires.
LL811 Returned Primary 20,500 ft at 01.00 hrs. Believed TI we bombed was overshoot on Bochum.
PA995 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 01.06 hrs F/O G P Fauman (P)
Sgt W J Killick (F/Eng)
F/Sgt A E Stebner (Nav)
F/O M S Merevitz (A/B)
Sgt P E Cooksey (W/Op)
Sgt J A Ringrow (MU/AG)
Sgt W A Drake (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 00.59 hrs. Several large explosions. F/L D A Shaw (P)
F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 01.07 hrs. Coned over target for 3 to 4 minutes.
LL796 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 01.06 hrs. 1st TI fell some miles SE following concentration good. F/Lt R Thomas (P)
Sgt R Finlay (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)
W5005 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 01.00 hrs. Two marking points about 2 miles apart.
LL747 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 01.10 hrs. TIG surrouned by fire and smoke. 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)
ME850 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 01.05 hrs. Flame up to 3000 ft.
LM460 Returned Primary 21,000 ft at 01.00 hrs. One stay TI a few miles south of concentration. P/O W J Bibby (P)
F/O C J Clarke (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 01.05 hrs. Five explosions at 01.08hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 01.09 hrs. Smoke up to 5000 ft. 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)
LL831 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 01.08 1/2 hrs. Orange explosion at 01.05 followed by smoke. F/O G H Packham (P)
Sgt C C C Pettit (F/Eng)
Sgt J Matthews (Nav)
Sgt J S Jenkins (A/B)
Sgt F A Willson (W/Op)
Sgt J Jackson (MU/AG)
Sgt E J Morgan (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (13 Jun 1944 - 13 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 13 Jun 1944 13 Jun 1944 Y The Squadron was called upon to supply a striking force of 16 aircraft, but the intended operation was cancelled at 12.35hrs and the remainder of the day was devoted to training and lectures. Five night cross contry exercises taking place.

Operation/Target: Le Havre (14 Jun 1944 - 15 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Le Havre 14 Jun 1944 15 Jun 1944 N 16 aircraft were called for to attack the dock area of the French port of Le Havre one hour after sunset, which necessitated a daylight take-off, much to the delight of all the crews. Weather conditions at the target were ideal for the operation. All the aircraft and crews returned safely and are looking forward eagerly to some more daylight raids - referred to as the bomb aimers paradise. One aircraft failed to take off owing to a tyre bursting on the perimeter track and only 15 aircraft participated.

[Ed: the summary sheet says 16 aircraft called for op. But the detail in the battle order records only 15 aircraft.]
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.41 hrs 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)
EE193 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 23.34 hrs 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 20,000 ft at 22.35 hrs
PA991 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.44 hrs
ED562 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.44 hrs 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)
LL811 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.33 hrs F/L F S Steele (P)
F/O D F Neilson (P)
Sgt C A Bennett (F/Eng)
F/O H B Brett (Nav)
F/O C Stocks (A/B)
Sgt A T Paget (W/Op)
Sgt E W Webb (MU/AG)
F/O J M McKay (R/AG)
PA995 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.36 hrs F/O G P Fauman (P)
Sgt W J Killick (F/Eng)
F/Sgt A E Stebner (Nav)
F/O M S Merevitz (A/B)
Sgt P E Cooksey (W/Op)
Sgt J A Ringrow (MU/AG)
Sgt W A Drake (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 18,000 ft at 22.39 hrs
DV279 Returned Primary 18,000 ft at 22.47 hrs F/O G H Packham (P)
Sgt C C C Pettit (F/Eng)
Sgt J Matthews (Nav)
Sgt J S Jenkins (A/B)
Sgt F A Willson (W/Op)
Sgt J Jackson (MU/AG)
Sgt E J Morgan (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.42 hrs
LM460 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.33 hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
F/O H A T Clark (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 22.34 hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 19,500 ft at 22.47 hrs 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)
LL831 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 22.37 hrs 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)
ME840 Returned Primary 18,500 ft at 22.33 hrs S/L G S Smith (P)
F/Sgt R Townsend (W/Op)
F/O R Kay (F/Eng)
F/O J J Berg (Nav)
F/O L Pulfrey (A/B)
F/L St. J Tizard (MU/AG)
F/O J Heath (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (15 Jun 1944 - 15 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 15 Jun 1944 15 Jun 1944 Y 19 aircraft and crews were offered for operations but the Squadron was stood down at 18.45hrs, the intended operation being cancelled. Weather conditions were pretty bad, and no flying took place.

Operation/Target: Sterkrade (16 Jun 1944 - 17 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Sterkrade 16 Jun 1944 17 Jun 1944 N Nineteen aircraft and crews were offered, accepted and briefed to attack the syntheic oil plant at STERKADE on the north western edge of the Ruhr. All the aircraft took off without incident, but one aircraft "B" (P/O Beeson) was forced to abandon shortly afterwards due to the Port Inner Engine becoming unserviceable. The remainder found cloudy conditiions over most of the route, and some icing troubles were encountered. Over the target conditions of 10/10th cloud, tops above 10,000 ft and from two to three thousand feet thick prevailed. However the glow of the PFF markers could be clearly seen through the cloud and the concentration was not so good as had been the case recently. Crews opinions were mixed and it is possible that bombing was somewhat scattered. Flak at the target was reported as moderate to intense, it being heavier than on previous sorties to the Ruhr, and night fighters were active. F/O Thygessen "N" had an indecisive combat, being fired at by an unidentified aircraft and returned fire, no damage or casualties were sustained. A member of "O" (F/O Wareham) thought he was seeing things when he spotted 15 enemy aircaft flying in formation, as they was on a reciprical course to "O", took no notice, he decided that Brer Rabbits advice was good so "laid low and said nothing". After a long period of sixty-nine successful sorties, it is regretted that three of our aircraft failed to return, no news being received since take off. "V" (S/Ldr Smith DFC - "B" Flight Commander), "H" (F/O Neilsen) and "P" (P/O Packham). Among the crew of F/O Neilson was the Squadron Bombing Leader F/Lt McConnell. They will be sadly missed, for they were all jolly good fellows.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Bombed glow R & G TI from 21,000 ft at 01.27 hrs. 8 bombs believed dropped safe. F/O R Purvis (P)
Sgt S Leary (F/Eng)
F/Sgt C Stoddard (Nav)<