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No. 550 Squadron RAF
Active 1943-1945
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Motto Per Ignem Vincimus

No. 550 Squadron RAF was an aircraft squadron of the Royal Air Force during World War II.

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History

No. 550 was formed at Waltham on 25 November 1943 from C Flight of 100 Squadron.[1] Equipped with Lancasters, began operating in the same month, as part of No. 1 Group. On November 26/27, 8 of their Lancasters were dispatched to make bombing runs over Berlin; 7 succeeded, with the other failing to return after the mission. In early 1944, it was moved to North Killingholme, where it continued operations over German targets until May 1945, when it began dropping food as relieve efforts in Europe.

The squadron completed 3,582 operational sorties with the Lancaster with a loss of 59 aircraft.[2] It was disbanded at North Killingholme on 1 November 1945.[1]

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Notes

  1. ^ a b Jefford 1998, page 97
  2. ^ Falconer 2003, page 255

Bibliography

  • Falconer, Jonathan (2003). Bomber Command Handbook 1939-1945. Stroud, England: Sutton Publishing. pp. 203-204. ISBN 0 7509 3171 X.  
  • Jefford, C.G. (1988). RAF Squadrons. Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1 85310 053 6.  

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