Squadron Personnel: Summary Information

Overview

Listed below is the information available for this servicemen who served in 550 Squadron.

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

Aircraft: When a link to a particular aircraft is given, this only indicates aircraft it is known the crewman was associated with (such as when flight logs are available or the aircraft has failed to return from an operation). It does not exclude the fact that the crewman may well have flown on other aircraft too, that is either just not documented in the currently available records or simply not known to the author. The aircraft links will take you to the operations listed for that aircraft.

Note that the vast bulk of the information available about squadron servicemen presented below concerns air-crew; almost no information is available about the men, and women, of the technical and other ground crews who played their part in making the squadron an effective fighting unit. This is a shame, given the key role they played in keeping the aircraft in the air and the men flying them able to do their job. So if you have ground-crew information do please send it in so that it too can be included in the squadron record.

Definitions of the abbreviations used are available: here.


Serviceman Details Aircraft
Rank Initials
(First Name)
Last Name Decorations Service Service No. Role Flight Other Information Links FTR? Date Service Number
F/Sgt J
(Jack)
Eastwood RAF 1768114 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from 103 Sqdn w.e.f 8.11.44
Posted from 550 Sqdn to No. 582 Sqdn w.e.f. 13-1-45
[Ed: Killed in tragic circumstances on Friday 13th July 1945 when his 97 Squadron Lancaster crashed shortly after take-off, while on training for deployment to the Far East. Lancaster PB422 crashed into some trees at RAF Coningsby after the port outer engine burst into flames. Killed along with the pilot F/O Wright and two others (F/Sgt Alfred James Molyneux (F/Eng) and F/O Jack Lindsay Bendix DFC (A/B)).
Source: Kevin Bending, 97 Sdqn Historian]
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The details were last updated: 11 October 2019