Squadron Personnel: Summary Information

Overview

There follows below lists of the officers and men who served in 550 Squadron. 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 have been augmented by new and additional information gathered since that time.

This information is not yet complete: it has been build from the Roll of Honour, Decorations and Senior Officer lists, and then by working through other available records. 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.

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 L A
(Leonard Anthony)
Aitken RAAF A.436232 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 11 Base w.e.f. 15.10.44
Posted to No. 150 Sqdn on 7th November 1944

Both Aitkin/Aitken in ORB
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOWHTolman/index.php
- - LM273
F/Sgt J W
(Jeffrey Watson)
Arnold RAAF A.418620 W/Op - Posted from 550 Sqdn to No. 1656 C.U. w.e.f. 28-3-45 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FODWSummons/index.php
/pages/550-sqdn-photos-group.php#BFlight
- - LL831
ME301
NG133
NG287
PD313
RF135
W/O G
(George)
Aylmore RAAF A.415851 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1668 C.U. w.e.f. 16.10.44
See BBC article from Feb. 2004
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/33/a2281033.shtml
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?ServiceID=R&VeteranID=1016169
- - NG243
F/Sgt C W
(Clarence Walter)
Beckingham RAAF A.422381 W/Op - - /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOHDodds/index.php
/pages/remembrance-sunday-2012.php
KIA 14 Oct. 1944 ED905
EE193
ND972
PA991
PB532
PD313
PD319
F/Sgt H J
(Harley Joseph)
Bickerstaff RAAF A.424951 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No.75 Base w.e.f. 6.5.45
Posted from 550 Sqdn to RAF Station Gamston w.e.f. 26.6.1945
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtCRRScott/index.php
/pages/550-sqdn-photos-miscellaneous.php#MiscellaneousNonNK
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?ServiceId=R&VeteranId=1020422
- - -
F/Sgt R G
(Robert George)
Bickford RAAF A.437249 W/Op - Posted from 550 Sqdn to A.C.A.C Catterick w.e.f. 2-3-45 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOJHarris/index.php
- - ED905
LL748
LL811
NF998
NG251
PB532
PD320
F/Sgt R
(Roy)
Blows RAAF A.424954 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No.75 Base w.e.f. 6.5.45
Posted from 550 Sqdn to RAF Station Gamston w.e.f 26.6.1945
(1919-1999) Born in Acton, moved to Australia with his parents and two older brothers in 1922.
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/POERCathcart/index.php
/pages/550-sqdn-photos-miscellaneous.php#MiscellaneousNonNK
- - -
F/Sgt P J
(Philip Jack)
Borton RAAF A.429142 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No.75 Base w.e.f. 6.5.45
Posted to R.A.F. Station Gamston w.e.f. 25.6.1945
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOKingsmill/index.php
/pages/550-sqdn-photos-miscellaneous.php#MiscellaneousNonNK
- - -
F/Sgt R C
(Roland Claude)
Bowling RAAF A434145 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from 11 Base w.e.f. 27.9.44 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOFEBond/index.php
- - ED905
EE139
PD320
F/Sgt N F L
(Norman Frederick Lester)
Bricknell RAAF A.424015 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No.73 Base w.e.f. 18.5.45
Posted from 550 Sqdn to RAF Station Gamston w.e.f 25.6.1945
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtShepherd/index.php
/pages/550-sqdn-photos-miscellaneous.php#MiscellaneousNonNK
- - -
F/Sgt R E
(Robert Edwards)
Brock RAAF A.37054 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No.75 Base w.e.f. 6.5.45
Posted from 550 Sqdn to RAF Station Gamston w.e.f. 25.6.1945
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtVRLJohnson/index.php
/pages/550-sqdn-photos-miscellaneous.php#MiscellaneousNonNK
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?ServiceId=R&VeteranID=886108
- - -
F/Sgt
Brotherhood RAAF A.422381 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 L.F.S. w.e.f. 13.08.44 (with F/O Dodds crew, but never flew any ops with this crew) /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOHDodds/index.php
- - -
F/O G T
(Gordon Todrick)
Brown RAAF A.417798 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 L.F.S. on 15.7.44
Posted from 550 Sqdn to 582 Sqdn w.e.f. 17.9.44
Joined 550 Sqdn Jul 44, posted to a Pathfinders Sqdn Sept 44
[Ed: ORB records initials G P but other sources (e.g. Australian War Memorial) noted G T for service number A.417798. DFC listed in London Gazette 17th July 1945.]
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOHGManley/index.php
/original-site-archive/lib/image020.jpg
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P10152695
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37182/supplement/3686/data.pdf
- - EE139
EE193
LM182
ME583
ND972
PD221
F/Sgt R J
(Robert James)
Chester RAAF A.1702 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1668 C.U. w.e.f. 16.10.44
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FORPFranklyn/index.php
- - NG246
NG287
PA995
PD221
F/Sgt F A
(Francis Albert)
Coombes RAAF A.425125 W/Op - (P) /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderJCSarll/index.php
- - ME542
NG243
F/Sgt J A
(John Andrew)
Cromie RAAF A.410635 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn (25/11/43) on Sqdn start-up from 100 Sqdn
Interned in Camp 4B, PoW No.267499
Believed blown clear of the exploding Lancaster as he could not recall bailing out.
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/WOATSCollier/index.php
PoW 2/3 Dec. 1943 LM301
W/O R J
Davis RAAF A.421263 W/Op - - /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FlLtLDale/index.php
- - NG132
NG250
F/O L W
Denton RAAF A.415786 W/Op - (Gunner "S") Posted to 27 O.T.U. on 14.5.44 (on completion of first tour) - - - ED942
F/Sgt G E
Duncan RAAF A/410656 W/Op - Posted to the Squadron w.e.f 10/12/43 from 1667 Con. Unit. /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/POCGHKenyon/index.php
- - DV192
DV279
DV305
ED536
EE139
F/Sgt D
Evans RAAF A.437087 W/Op - - /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtKFWilson/index.php
- - PD382
F/Sgt F G
Ferguson RAAF A.419893 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 LFS on 16.7.44
26 Aug 1944 W5005 (Nan), ditched in Humber - no injuries
Posted from 550 Sqdn to A.C.A.C Brackla, w.e.f 2-1-45
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtRHopman/index.php
/original-site-archive/lib/image014.jpg
Surv. 26 Aug 1944 DV200
LL831
PB532
W5005
F/Sgt J W
(John William Thomas)
Foran RAAF A.423528 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from 71 Base w.e.f. 6.2.45
Posted from 550 Sqdn to R.A.F Station Gamston, w.e.f 26.6.1945
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?ServiceID=R&VeteranID=1019736
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOJLukies/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOCGKEdlund/index.php
- - LM228
ME301
ND972
NF931
NG120
NG132
NG243
NG250
PB707
F/Sgt M
Gillespie RAAF A.38732 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1668 C.U. w.e.f. 16.10.44
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOJEFranklyn/index.php
- - NG246
NG287
NG336
W/O J M
Gorton RAAF A.425602 W/Op - Posted from 550 Sqdn to No. 12 O.T.U. w.e.f. 27-3-45 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOCGKEdlund/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/WingCmdrBryanBell/index.php
- - LM228
NG135
RF135
F/O J H
(John)
Graham RAAF A.415474 W/Op - Posted from No. 27 Con Unit w.e.f. 4.12.44
From Perth & Esperace WA
deceased December 2011
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/SqdnLeaderEdgarPickles/index.php
- - NG165
NG250
PD221
F/Sgt L T
(Leonard Thomas)
Haines RAAF A.430619 W/Op - From No.75 Base w.e.f. 7.5.45
Posted to RAF Station, Gamston w.e.f. 25.6.45
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/POELFleming/index.php
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?ServiceID=R&VeteranID=1023631
- - -
F/Sgt J B
(James Byrne)
Lake RAAF 424904 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 L.F.S w.e.f. 16/7/1944 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtJHough/index.php
KIA 15 Aug 1944 LL831
PA991
PD208
W/O K H
Langley RAAF A.417205 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from 625 Sqdn w.e.f. 8/11/44 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOLADoward/index.php
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOESAllen/index.php
- - LM182
NF932
F/Sgt W
Magee RAAF A.421996 W/Op - - - - - -
F/Sgt D M
McDonnell RAAF A.430686 W/Op - /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FlLtEHLuder/index.php
- - JB345
LM182
NG134
F/Sgt A S
(Arthur Stuart)
Parsons RAAF A.434266 W/Op - - /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/POPCSiddall/index.php
KIA 31 Aug 1944 NF962
Sgt F N M
(Frank)
Petch RAAF A.419537 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 L.F.S. wef. 31.8.44 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOGHMarkes/index.php
- - NG132
NG153
NG435
F/Sgt J W
(John William)
Pidcock RAAF A.424678 W/Op - From NSW. Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 LFS w.e.f. 13/08/44. Date of discharge: 06/09/45 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOADYoung/index.php
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?ServiceID=R&VeteranID=1060244
- - LL811
ME776
NG135
PD255
F/Sgt W G
(William George (Bill))
Rate RAAF A.415827 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn on squadron start-up from 100 Sqdn "C" Flight

Tour expired crew: posted to 27 O.T.U on 10.6.44
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOJORichard/index.php
- - DV305
ED536
LL747
F/Sgt K
Robinson RAAF A.436163 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from 1668 CU w.e.f 6.11.44 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FlLtDRParsons/index.php
- - ME776
ND972
NG165
NG250
NG363
PB532
PB832
PB843
PB864
PD313
RF135
F/Sgt
Rodgers RAAF A.430507 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No.75 Base w.e.f. 12.5.45
Posted from 550 Sqdn to RAF Station Gamston w.e.f 26.6.1945
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtWall/index.php
- - -
F/Sgt
Sadd RAAF A.434023 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from RAF Bottesford w.e.f 13/04/45 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FSgtJADexter/index.php
- - -
W/O W Y
(Warwick Yule)
Smith RAAF A.420085 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 1 L.F.S on 7.6.44 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOJCHutcheson/index.php
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?ServiceID=R&VeteranID=1018127
- - EE139
EE193
F/Sgt
Smith RAAF A.424687 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No.71 Base w.e.f. 18.5.45 /documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FlLtWalters/index.php
- - -
F/Sgt S E
Willis RAAF A.430114 W/Op - Posted to 550 Sqdn from No. 11 base w.e.f. 20.10.44
Posted to 1651 C.U. w.e.f 31.3.45
/documents/public/Lancasters-Crews/FOGGHCowper/index.php
- - JB345
ME301
ME390
NG221
NG290
NG336
NG390
PD320

The details were last updated: 12 June 2019


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