Roll of Honour

This Roll of Honour contains the names of 370 aircrew of 550 Squadron, Royal Air Force who gave their lives flying while the squadron was on operations against the enemy between 26 November 1943 and May 1945.

It also gives the dates of their deaths; a double date (e.g. 26/27 Nov.) indicates a night raid, a single date (e.g. 14 Oct.) signifies a daylight raid.

F/O J.C. Adams, RCAF 5/6 Jan. 1945
Sgt. P.A.O. Adams 28/29 July 1944
F/O K.L. Agnew 14/15 Jan. 1944
F/O O.L. Albutt 9/10 May 1944
F/L E.S. Allen 13/14 Feb. 1945
Sgt. A. Anderson 29/30 Aug. 1944
Sgt. J.N. Andrew 15/16 March 1944
W/O W.H.S. Ansell 29/30 Aug. 1944
Sgt. K.R. Ansell 6/7 June 1944
Sgt. D. Anthony 16/17 March 1945
F/O R.W. Archer, RCAF 28/29 July 1944
F/O B.B. Ashley, RCAF 22/23 April 1944
Sgt. J.C. Atherton 23/24 Dec. 1943
Sgt. M. Austin 19/20 Oct. 1944
Sgt. H.J. Bailey 6/7 Dec. 1944
Sgt. A.D. Baker 12/13 July 1944
F/L J.B. Barnes, RCAF 24 March 1945
Sgt. W. Barratt 30/31 March 1944
F/O H.W. Batt 3/4 May 1944
Sgt. L.A. Bassman 5 Oct. 1944
F/Sgt. V.W. Battersby 29/30 Aug. 1944
Sgt. E.C. Beacham 21/22 May 1944
F/Sgt. C.W. Beckingham, RAAF 14 Oct. 1944
F/Sgt. H.S. Bennett 2/3 Dec. 1943
F/O J.F. Berg 16/17 June 1944
Sgt. W. Berry 17 March 1945
F/O H. Black 14 Oct. 1944
Sgt. C.A. Bonner 27/28 May 1944
P/O W. Boocock, RNZAF 12/13 July 1944
F/Sgt. J.K. Boothroyd 25/26 Feb. 1944
P/O F.W. Bradley, RCAF 7/8 Jan. 1945
F/O R.R. Bradshaw, RNZAF 5 Oct. 1944
F/O H.B. Brett, RCAF 16/17 June 1944
Sgt. P.I. Brooker 14 Oct. 1944
F/Sgt. A.H. Brown 27/28 May 1944
P/O A.R. Brown 14 Oct. 1944
F/Sgt. J.W. Brown, RCAF 14 Oct. 1944
Sgt. H.J.E. Brownett 15/16 Mar. 1945
Sgt. D.S. Bruty 21/22 May 1944
F/O J.W. Bryan 25/26 Feb. 1944
F/O J.G. Bryson 1/2 Jan. 1944
F/O J. Buckmaster, RCAF 7/8 Mar. 1945
P/O N.W.E. Burdett, RCAF 22/23 April 1944
F/L N.A. Burrows 18/19 Mar. 1945
P/O J.R. Byrne 13 Feb. 1945
F/Sgt. J.Byrne-Lake 15 Aug. 1944
F/O R.F. Calderhead 28/29 July 1944
F/O C.R. Cameron, RCAF 29/30 Aug. 1944
Sgt. D.Campbell 23/24 Dec. 1943
Sgt. J.M. Cantor 30/31 Jan. 1944
Sgt. M.G. Capel 1/2 Jan. 1944
F/O C.J. Clarke, RCAF 7/8 Jan. 1945
Sgt. A.O. Chapman
F/O S.M. Clarke 22/23 April 1944
F/O H.A.T. Clark, RCAF 18/19 July 1944
Sgt. G.W. Clayden 23/24 Dec. 1943
Sgt. P.P. Clarkin 21/22 Jan. 1944
F/Sgt. F.L.J. Colburn 6 Nov. 1944
F/O D. Cobbin 14/15 Jan. 1944
Sgt. P.L. Colman 25/26 Feb. 1944
W/O A.T.S. Collier 2/3 Dec. 1943
W/Cdr. P.E.G.G. Connolly 14/15 July 1944
Sgt. H.H.M. Connolly 31 Aug. 1944
F/Sgt. W.R. Cooper 23/24 Dec. 1943
F/Sgt. W.H. Cook, RCAF 3/4 Feb. 1945
F/L J.F. Craig, DFC, RNZAF 15/16 Mar. 1944
Sgt. S.W. Courtenay 22/23 April 1944
Sgt. R.G. Crump 13 Feb. 1945
F/L J.S.G. Crawford 15/16 Mar. 1944
F/Sgt. V.C. Davidson 16/17 Mar. 1945
Sgt. L.E. Dagless 12/13 July 1944
Sgt. D.R.M. Davies 21/22 May 1944
Sgt. D.G. Davies 23/24 Dec. 1943
F/O N.A. Davies 12/13 July 1944
P/O J.E.H. Davies 12/13 July 1944
F/Sgt. J.G. Day 24 Mar. 1945
Sgt. C.A. Delaveleye 7/8 Mar. 1945
Sgt. R.G. Dennett 6/7 June 1944
Sgt. K.H. De Lengerke 27/28 May 1944
F/Sgt. A.B. Dennison 14 Feb. 1945
Sgt. G.P. Dennis 6 Dec. 1944
F/O H. Dodds 14 Oct. 1944
Sgt. F.C. Diggle 26/27 Nov. 1943
Sgt. W.F. Dowson 2/3 Dec. 1943
Sgt. A.G. Donoghue 12/13 July 1944
Sgt. R.A. Drury 27/28 May 1944
P/O D.C. Dripps, RAAF 23/24 Dec. 1943
P/O L.R. Dunham 21/22 May 1944
P/O D.J. Dukelow 21/22 May 1944
F/O M.C. Eckhold, RNZAF 12/13 July 1944
Sgt. K. R. Dye 3/4 May 1944
Sgt. L. Elliott 17 Mar. 1945
F/O W.R. Elcoate, RCAF 5/6 Jan.1945
Sgt. W. Essar, RCAF 10/11 April 1944
Sgt. J. Ellis 3/4 May 1944
Sgt. K.M. Fairbairn 25/26 Feb. 1944
Sgt. K.A. Essex 21/22 May 1944
Sgt. T.W. Farmer 6 Nov. 1944
W/O H.L. Farmer 17 Mar. 1945
Sgt. T.E. Flanagan, RCAF 27/28 May 1944
Sgt. W. Field 15/16 March 1945
F/L D.J. Foster 2/3 Nov. 1944
F/Sgt. C.G. Foster, RNZAF 30/31 Mar. 1944
F/Sgt. M.V. Fuller 4/5 April 1945
F/L, K.W. Fuller 14/15 July 1944
F/O H. A.G. Gadd 2/3 Nov. 1944
Sgt. A.G. Furber 6/7 Dec. 1944
Sgt. R.Garrad 19/20 Oct. 1944
Sgt. J.D. Garland 19/20 Oct. 1944
Sgt. D.P. Gates 31 Aug. 1944
F/Sgt. J. Garrat 30/31 Mar. 1944
Sgt. J.W. Geran 24 Mar. 1945
F/Sgt. L.A.J. Gauthier, RCAF 7 Jan. 1945
W/O A.T. Gill 4/5 April 1945
Sgt. M. Giles 23/24 Dec. 1943
Sgt. L.K. Gilmar, RCAF 14/15 Jan. 1944
Sgt. R. Gillies 23/24 Dec. 1943
F/L A.J. Grain, DFM 3/4 May 1944
F/Sgt. D Gosling
Sgt. A.C. Griffiths 6/7 June 1944
F/O D.A. Goulden, RNZAF 9/10 May 1944
Sgt. T.H. Guest 10/11 April 1944
Sgt. W.J. Green 15/16 Mar, 1944
Sgt. F.H. Habgood 28/29 July 1944
F/Sgt. G.W. Guest, RCAF 23/24 Dec. 1943
Sgt. A.G. Hall 27/28 May 1944
Sgt. D. Gunn 4/5 April 1945
Sgt. T. Hamilton 31 Aug. 1944
F/Sgt. E.H. Hagyard 4/5 April 1945
F/O G.H.R.F. Harris 26/27 Nov. 1943
Sgt. E.R. Hall 6/7 June 1944
F/O R.D. Harris, RCAF 7/8 Mar. 1945
Sgt. G. Hancock 21/22 Feb. 1945
W/O L.W. Harvey, RCAF 7/8 March 1945
Sgt. M.R.F. Harris 19/20 Oct. 1944
F/O M.D. Hayes 4/5 April 1945
Sgt. H. Hartley 4/5 April 1945
Sgt. H. Henry 15 Aug. 1944
Sgt. A. Hatfield 25/26 Feb. 1944
F/Sgt. G.W. Hinde 21/22 May 1944
F/O J. Heath, RCAF 16/17 June 1944
Sgt. J. Holding 3/4 Feb. 1945
F/Sgt. R. Henderson
Sgt. T.J. Hooper 6/7 Dec. 1944
F/Sgt. A.E. Higgins 16/17 Mar. 1945
F/O G. Horne 1/2 Jan. 1944
F/O G.B. Hoddle, RAAF 25/26 Feb. 1944
W/O W.J. Howson 3/4 Feb. 1945
F/O I.H.R. Hodd 29/30 Aug. 1944
Sgt. D. Hughes 21/22 May 1944
Sgt. W.W. Hopper 9/10 May 1944
F/Sgt. D.A.Isley
F/Sgt. H. Hough 15 Aug. 1944
Sgt. A. James 1/2 Feb. 1945
Sgt. S.G. Hubbard 25/26 Feb. 1944
Sgt. S.A. Jarvis 21/22 May 1944
F/O R.E. Hughes 16/17 Mar. 1945
Sgt. R.G. Johns 30/31 Mar. 1944
Sgt. E.C. Jarvis 23/24 Feb. 1945
Sgt. W. Johnstone 25/26 Feb. 1944
F/Sgt. A.J.H. Jefferies 30/31 Mar. 1944
Sgt. D.L. Jones 15/16 Feb. 1945
Sgt. R. Johnson 30/31 Mar. 1944
Sgt. F.G. Jones 21/22 Feb. 1945
F/O C.J. Jones, RCAF 7/8 Mar. 1945
Sgt. I. Jones 16/17 Mar. 1945
F/O E.C. Jones, RCAF 3/4 May 1944
Sgt. J. A. Jordan, RCAF 23/24 Dec. 1943
F/O H. Jones 28/29 July 1944
F/O V.M. Kennedy 6 Nov. 1944
Sgt. S.J.L. Jones 21/22 Jan. 1944
Sgt. R. Kerr 7/8 Mar. 1945
Sgt. L. Kendrew 6 Nov. 1944
Sgt. P.R. Kingman 2/3 Nov. 1944
Sgt. J.T. Kermack 14/15 July 1944
Sgt. J.E. Knott 19/20 Oct. 1944
Sgt. P.C.M. King 27/28 May 1944
Sgt. R. Laverick 14/15 Jan. 1944
F/Sgt W.J. Klementoski, RCAF 16/17 Mar 1945
Sgt. A. Laidlaw 14 Oct. 1944
Sgt. A.R. Lawrence 23/24 Dec. 1943
F/O F.G. Lebano, RCAF 27/28 May 1944
F/Sgt P.A. Lee 2/3 Dec. 1943
F/Sgt. J.R.E. Legere, RCAF 23/24 Dec. 1943
Sgt. J.E. Legg 16/17 June 1944
F/O A. Leonard 6/7 Dec. 1944
Sgt. J. Leonard 2/3 Nov. 1944
Sgt. H.V. Lewis 14 Oct. 1944
P/O E. Lindsay, RCAF 24 Mar. 1945
F/O P.A. Lockton 15/16 Mar. 1944
P/O A.G. Lockyer 17 Mar. 1945
F/O J.J. Logan 10/11 April 1944
Sgt. S.J. Lovett 6 Nov. 1944
Sgt. D. Lucey 17 Mar. 1945
F/L D.E.A. Luger 21/22 Feb. 1945
Sgt. A.E. Lukeman 19/20 Oct. 1944
P/O H.E. MacDuff, RCAF 21/22 May 1944
F/O D.W Magan 22/23 April 1944
F/Sgt. D.A. Maginley 13 Feb. 1945
Sgt. E.J. MacKenzie 23/24 Feb. 1945
Sgt. J.B. MacKenzie 12/13 July 1944
Sgt. R. Macleod 31 Aug. 1944
Sgt. V.H. Mate 15/16 Feb. 1944
P/O. R.R. Matthew
Sgt. S. Matthews 17 Mar. 1945
P/O R.H. Maule 1/2 Jan. 1944
W/O J.R. Mawhinney, RCAF 6/7 June 1944
Sgt. D.A.W. Mayo 21/22 May 1944
F/O L.J.T. McCarthy 6 Nov. 1944
F/L A.D. McConnell, RNZAF 16/17 June 1944
Sgt. J. McConnell 23/24 Dec. 1943
P/O D. McCrae, RCAF 27/28 May 1944
P/O W.E. McDonald, RCAF 24 Mar. 1945
Sgt. J. McGhie 30/31 Mar. 1944
P/O J.D. McIntosh, RCAF 15/16 Feb. 1944
Sgt. P.L. McIver 21/22 May 1944
Sgt. J.M. McKay 16/17 June 1944
Sgt. J. McKenzie 30/31 Jan. 1944
F/O E.T. Meaker 28/29 July 1944
F/O R.G. Millburn, RCAF 22/23 April 1944
Sgt. H.S. Mitchell 23/24 Dec. 1943
Sgt. J. McVey 5 Oct. 1944
Sgt. A.W McWhirter 21/22 May 1944
F/Sgt. H.E. Miell, RCAF 7/8. Jan. 1945
W/O J.I. Miller 19/20 Feb. 1944
F/Sgt. E. Moody 15 Aug. 1944
Sgt. V.C. Morgan 2/3 Nov. 1944
F/L J.P. Morris 6/7 Dec. 1944
F/Sgt. W.P. Morris, RCAF 21/22 Jan. 1944
Sgt. W.V. Moss, RCAF 15/16 Mar. 1944
Sgt. J.F. Moyle 3/4 Feb. 1945
F/Sgt. A.J.W. Mudford, RAAF 12/13 July 1944
Sgt. M. Muir 12/13 July 1944
Sgt. R.E. Muffet 21/22 May 1944
W/O J.K. Murray, RCAF 16/17 June 1944
F/O J.E. Murray-Shirreff 13 Feb. 1945
Sgt. J.D. Naunton 14/15 July 1944
F/O D.F. Neilson, RCAF 16/17 June 1944
Sgt. F.P. Newcombe 2/3 Nov. 1944
Sgt. K.W. Nettleton 14 Oct. 1944
P/O S.W. Nielson, RAAF 7/8 March 1945
Sgt. J.K. Norgate 28 Aug. 1944
F/O N. Nunns 14/15 July 1944
Sgt. D.E. Nutter 15/16 Mar. 1944
F/O R.C. Nye 3/4 Feb. 1945
Sgt. P.P. O’Meara 1/2 Jan. 1944
F/O M.R. Oliver, RCAF 3/4 May 1944
P/O G.C. Orme 23/24 Dec. 1943
Sgt. L.W.F. Overend 15/16 Mar. 1944
Sgt. A.T. Paget 16/17 June 1944
Sgt. J. Palfrey 22/23 April 1944
F/Sgt. F. Papple 5/6 Jan. 1945
Sgt. E.W. Parker 29/30 Aug. 1944
F/Sgt. A.S. Parsons, RAAF 31 Aug. 1944
Sgt. F. Paxton 30/31 Mar. 1944
Sgt. A.J. Pearce 5 Oct. 1944
W/O G.F. Peasgood 21/22 Jan. 1944
Sgt. D. Peckham
Sgt. S. Pelham 7 Mar. 1945 – survived being shot down and had children and grandchildren (thankyou Mrs C Pelham)
Sgt. J.R. Penton 14/15 July 1944
Sgt. E.G.R. Pepper 9/10 May 1944
Sgt. S. Pick 2/3 Oct. 1944
Sgt. H.S. Picton 28 Aug. 1944
F/O R.W. Picton 10/11 April 1944
F/Sgt. R.E. Porter 21/22 May 1944
F/O J.F. Potter, RCAF 10/11 April 1944
Sgt. J.L. Powell 25/26 Feb. 1944
Sgt. J.R. Powell 15/16 Mar. 1944
F/L P.J.M. Prangley 26/27 Nov. 1943
Sgt. L.O. Precieux 7/8 Jan. 1945
F/O L. Pulfrey 16/17 June 1944
P/O E.C. Purney, RCAF 27/28 May 1944
Sgt. C.M. Pyke 12/13 July 1944
Sgt. T.F. Quine 25/26 Feb. 1944
Sgt. J. Rawson 23/24 Dec. 1943
Sgt. R. Redfern 26/27 Nov. 1943
F/Sgt. D.F. Reid 24 Mar. 1945
F/O F.S. Renton 5/6 Jan. 1945
F/Sgt. S.J. Richards 21/22 Jan. 1944
Sgt. W. Roberts 6/7 Dec. 1944
Sgt. W. Robertson 15/16 Mar. 1944
Sgt. E.R. Robinson 7/8 Mar. 1945
Sgt. H.P. Robinson 9/10 May 1944
F/O P.M. Roche, RCAF 28/29 July 1944
Sgt. J.R. Rounding 1/2 Jan. 1944
Sgt. T.F. Roxby 1/2 Jan. 1944
F/O D. Rudd 28/29 July 1944
F/O E.V. Sage, RNZAF 9/10 May 1944
Sgt. K.R. Salton 14 Oct. 1944
Sgt. R.D. Samuels 15/16 Mar. 1944
Sgt. J.C. Scott 23/24 Dec. 1943
Sgt. W.P. Scott 5/6 Jan. 1945
Sgt. F.E. Self 16/17 Mar. 1945
Sgt. T. Setchfield 12/13 July 1944
F/O M. Shapiro, RCAF 27/28 May 1944
F/Sgt. C.C. Sharland 21/22 May 1944
Sgt. J.L. Sheahan 27/28 May 1944
Sgt. J.P. Sheridan 5 Oct. 1944
P/O T.M.J. Shervington 6/7 June 1944
Sgt. J.D. Shilcock 6 Nov. 1944
Sgt. W.T. Sibley 23/24 Dec. 1943
P/O P.C. Siddall, RNZAF 31 Aug. 1944
Sgt. H. Simpson 30/31 Mar. 1944
W/Cdr. A.F.M. Sisley 31 Aug. 1944
Sgt. E. Skelton 1/2 Jan. 1944
Sgt. A. Small 6/7 June 1944
Sgt. E.T. Smith 13 Feb. 1945
F/Sgt. F.J.W. Smith 21/22 May 1944
S/Ldr. G.S. Smith, DFC 16/17 June 1944
Sgt. K.J.B. Smith 7/8 Mar. 1945
Sgt. R.S. Smith 4/5 April 1945
Sgt. A.P. Soper 14 Oct. 1944
P/O R.T. Sowter, RCAF 23/24 Feb. 1945
F/O S.G. Spakowski 28/29 July 1944
Sgt. J. Stanley 3/4 May 1944
F/O R.W. Stephens 15/16 Mar. 1945
F/Sgt. B. Sterman 5/6 Jan. 1945
F/O J.E. Stewart, RCAF 23/24 Dec. 1943
Sgt. F.T. Stilling 14/15 Jan. 1944
F/Sgt. J. Stobbs 24 Mar. 1945
P/O A.H. Stockton, RCAF 15/16 Feb. 1944
Sgt. H. Stollar 25//26 Feb. 1944
Sgt. C. Stuart 3/4 Feb. 1945
Sgt. J.H. Stuart-Ritson 7/8 Mar. 1945
Sgt. K.R. Sumner 15/16 Mar. 1944
Sgt. G.T. Sutherland 12/13 July 1944
Sgt. A. Symonds 21/22 May 1944
Sgt. O. Tabuteau, RCAF 29/30 Aug. 1944
F/Sgt. L.C. Taerum, RCAF 3/4 Feb. 1945
P/O L.F. Tait, RCAF 15/16 Mar. 1945
Sgt. C. Tattersall 25/26 Feb. 1944
Sgt. C.W. Taylor, RCAF 1/2 Jan. 1944
Sgt. G. Taylor 12/13 July 1944
Sgt. W.C. Taylor 9/10 May 1944
Sgt. R.W. Theobold 23/24 Dec. 1943
F/L A.W. Thomas 19/20 Oct. 1944
Sgt. F.C. Thomas 19/20 Feb. 1944
F/Sgt. H.G. Thomas 31 Aug. 1944
F/O T.Y. Thomas 5 Oct. 1944
Sgt. G.A. Thompson 15 Aug. 1944
Sgt. K. Thompson 15/16 Mar. 1944
Sgt. N. Tinsley 1/2 Feb. 1945
F/L St. J. Tizard 16/17 June 1944
Sgt. E.A. Topham 2/3 Dec. 1943
F/Sgt. R. Townsend, DFM 16/17 June 1944
P/O L.R. Towsley, RCAF 21/22 May 1944
Sgt. L.B. Towson 18/19 Mar. 1945
Sgt. J.A. Trayhorn 28 Aug. 1944
F/Sgt. B.M. Trowbridge, RAAF 7/8 Mar. 1945
Sgt. A.W. Tucker 15 Aug. 1944
Sgt. J.F. Tunstall 7/8 Jan. 1945
Sgt. F. Turner 2/3 Dec. 1943
F/Sgt. R.F. Veness 14 Oct. 1944
F/Sgt. G. Walker 21/22 Jan. 1944
F/O R.E Wallace, RNZAF 15/16 Mar. 1945
Sgt. E.J. Walsh 15 Aug. 1944
Sgt. A.K. Ward 26/27 Nov. 1943
Sgt. E.W. Wash 30/31 Mar. 1944
Sgt. C.J. Watson 14/15 July 1944
F/L. W.H. Waycott, DFM 10/11 April 1944
Sgt. E.W. Webb 16/17 June 1944
F/O D.J.K. White 14 Oct. 1944
Sgt. J.W. Whitley 30/31 Mar. 1944
Sgt. T.L.J. Whittick 21/22 May 1944
Sgt. K.P.C. Williams 10/11 April 1944
Sgt. I. Williams 28/29 July 1944
Sgt. T.K.M. Williams 19/20 Feb. 1944
Sgt. W.R. Williams 25/26 Feb. 1944
Sgt. R. Willis 14/15 Jan. 1944
Sgt. D. Willsdon 15/16 Feb. 1944
Sgt. A.H. Wivell 15/16 Feb. 1944
F/Sgt. R.E. Woodger 15/16 Feb. 1944
Sgt. H.F.J. Woods 23/24 Dec. 1943
Sgt. W.F. Wright 23/24 Dec. 1943
Sgt. W.A. J. Young 21/22 May 1944
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21 responses to “Roll of Honour

  1. Excellent site! Thank you.
    My uncle James Arthur Trayhorn killed August 28th 1944 on the last 550 Squadron ‘Crossbow’ Raid against V1 sites Northern France. It would have been the 30th and last sortie on of their tour.

  2. Hi
    On the roll of honour the name F/sgt D.J.Yemen RCAF as KIA is incorrect. I flew with him and he did survive Phforzeim, March 7/45.
    This mistake was rectified some time ago but it has arisen again
    F/O D.J.Hicks RCAF

  3. Very small correction to
    F/L J.J. Craig, DFC, RNZAF 15/16 Mar. 1944

    It should be J.F.Craig (James Fraser Craig)

    He flew Hampdens in 144 squadron, with my father during 1941.

    Good to see the site.

  4. Wonderful website !

    As a “Westerbekian” I researched the crash of Lanc PD221 and her crew, 3 Febr. 1945 in the village where I live. During this research, it was clear to me how many people, mainly youngsters, know so little about the horrifying airwar, the (local) losses of RAF Bomber Command in particular.

    This was the start for me to research all RAF BC crashes (7) in the area (St. Anthonis municipality, southern Holland). This resulted in a modest book (80 pages/A4 format).

    These heroic men, who played such a major role in regaining freedom worldwide, should not be forgotten. Hopefully my book is an add to in this case local airwartime history which is known by so few.

    Warm regards,
    Hans Ooms
    Westerbeek
    NL

  5. Hello Hans –

    It’s great to hear about your investigations. Is your book available? I could promote it on the front page if you liked.

  6. I should like to obtain a copy of your book Hans, is this possible?
    Many thanks,
    Phil Trayhorn

    • Hello Mr. Trayhorn & Pritchard,

      You should know the book is all Dutch (except some losscards and few other docs).
      Is that a problem ?

      Regards,
      Hans Ooms

  7. Hello,

    Phil, please contact me via my emailadress
    sintanthoniscrashesAThotmail.com, okay ?

    Cheers,
    Hans

  8. My father-in-law, Sgt. S. Pelham 7 Mar. 1945, is listed on your Roll Of Honour. Although he was shot down, he did actually survive the war and went on to marry, have 2 sons, 2 grandsons and 4 granddaughters (2 after his death). He sadly died on 30th July 1987.

  9. Ref Sgt Stanley Pelham. 7/8th March. 1945. – Dessau. Raid
    550/V. no PA995 along with my father the following Air Crew all survived
    being shot down and becoming P.O.Ws. They were :-
    Pilot .F/O. Jones.
    Navigator. P/O. Buchmaster.
    Air Bomber. F/Sgt. Harvey.
    Flight Eng. Sgt. Webb.
    Wireless Op. Sgt. Main (injured-broke leg on landing).
    R/G. Sgt Smith. Returned to unit.
    M/U/G. Sgt. Pelham (My Father.).
    This information comes from reports found after Sgt Pelham’s wife died in October 2005.
    This also extends information supplied by my wife Mrs Christine Pelham.
    Should you wish for further information please contact me on my Email address. Thankyou.

    • Neil,
      I’m updating the records on http://www.550squadronassociation.org.uk.
      The names:
      F/O C.J. Jones, RCAF 7/8 Mar. 1945
      F/O J. Buckmaster, RCAF 7/8 Mar. 1945
      W/O L.W. Harvey, RCAF 7/8 March 1945
      are all on the Roll of Honour in St Denys’ Church North Killingholme :

      According to http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=11371
      F/O C.J.Jones RCAF, F/O J.Buckmaster RCAF and WO2 L.W.Harvey RCAF were all KIA, two with unknown graves but one (WO2 L.W.Harvey) in Nederweert War Cemetery.
      This differs from your account which, as I read it, has no air-crew KIA.
      It would be great if you get in touch to help me straighten out the information. I could not find am email address for you here, please contact me on: admin@550squadronassocation.org.uk

      • The information I supplied came from a report Station Narrative No. 18
        dated 13 th April 1945. If you would like my phone number I am prepared to supply.

        Apologies for dealay in responding.

        Neil Pelham

  10. I was walking around my local church today at lunchtime and I came across a grave stone which caught my eye, it was of F/Sgt. W.R. Cooper 23/24 Dec. 1943 which is listed above i took a photo of the grave and did a search and came across this website with his name listed,. It said he died whilst on operations on the 24/dec and i wondered if anyone could tell me what the operation was? It made me feel honoured to have seen this and maybe it was ment to be. If you know about this.. please let me know.
    Russell

  11. Sometime ago i was in touch with your Assoc with reference to Wg Cdr Sisley and Sgt T Hamilton. Last Sunday 28th October I had the privilege to visit the CWGC Communal Extension Cemetery at Abbeville and now have photos not only of these gallant gentlemen but the whole crew.
    Sgt. H.H.M. Connolly 31 Aug. 1944
    Sgt. D.P. Gates 31 Aug. 1944
    Sgt. T. Hamilton 31 Aug. 1944
    Sgt. R. Macleod 31 Aug. 1944
    F/Sgt. A.S. Parsons, RAAF 31 Aug. 1944
    P/O P.C. Siddall, RNZAF 31 Aug. 1944
    F/Sgt. H.G. Thomas 31 Aug. 1944
    W/Cdr. A.F.M. Sisley 31 Aug. 1944.
    I also have a photo of myself wearing “Tommy’s” AG brevet, taken on his last leave. The Hamilton family lived at “Smith” Cres, Kilwinning, named after my grandather’s twin brother- a Provost of Kilwinning. Subsequently I served as a Navigator on Canberras on 249(Gold Coast) Squadron in Cyprus and Operation Swifter at RAF El Adem, Libya

    • Bill Redlich

      James,

      I would be extremely intrested in any photos or information regarding this crew. My grandfather was Sgt. D.P. Gates . The family history is rather sketchy on his service.He was in his forties when he volunteered for RAF Aircrew .
      I have his medals and a black and white photo of the crash site which i presume was taken immediatly after the war by RAF , following up missing personell.

      Cheers Bill Redlich
      Townsville
      Queensland
      Australia.

      Please reply to wredlich@hotmail.com or

      william_redlich@health.qld.gov.au

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