|Blenheim Pilot William Alexander Ross KIA 28/09/1941 55 Sqn||Blenheim V5560.
Sgt W.A. Ross.
Sgt E.J. Sprange.
Sgt C.I. Johnston, RNZAF. ....Read More.||AlanW on 19th August 2010 05:18:53|
|Blenheim Pilot William Alexander Ross KIA 28/09/1941 55 Sqn||Hi Paul,
Blenheim IV V5560
Took off 0407, LG 17 (Fuka Main), detailed for a low-level attack on a 2,000 ton ship in Bardia Harbour. After completing the attack V5560 was seen to continue inland at c10 metres?. Hit by flak, it crashed into a small house, killing the three crew and several German soldiers. The crew is buried in Halfaya Sollum War cemetery.
968129 Sgt (Pilot) William Alexander ROSS RAFVR +
NZ401277 Sgt Charles Ian JOHNSTON RNZAF +
939321 Sgt Ernest James SPRANGE RAFVR +
Royal Air Force Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean Volume 1: !939-1942
Gunby,David & Pel Temple.
Col. ....Read More.||COL BRUGGY on 19th August 2010 05:19:49|
|Blenheim IV V5567||Robert,
Could that serial be [B]V5560[/B] ?
Looking at the Air-Britain 'RAF AIRCRAFT T1000-V9999' the only Blenheim in the V5560-V5569 range that appears to have had a Middle East connection was V5560. It is shown only with 55 Squadron and a Struck Off Charge date of 9.10.1941.
I have the F.78 for V5560. It was shipped to the ME via Takoradi on 21.4.1941 and Taken On Charge by the 'ME' on 23.7.1941. Page 2 merely has the SOC date of 9.10.41 with 55 Squadron and a total flying time of 67.5 hours. So seemingly lost between the last two dates.
In 'RAF BOMBER LOSSES IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND MEDITERRANEAN', Vol.1 by David Gunby and Pelham Temple we find on page 87 that V5560 was lost on 28 September 1941. It took part in an attack on Bardia and was hit by flak. It was seen flying very low, then crashed into a small building killing the crew and several German soldiers.
Does this fit the photo you have ?
Martin Gleeson. ....Read More.||Martin Gleeson on 17th May 2017 04:47:03|
|Blenheim IV V5567||Martin,
Thanks for that. The loss of V5560 would be too early as the photo was taken in Feb 1942.
Am now pretty sure the serial reads V55*2 so if you were able to check the possibilities for *, that would be much appreciated.
Robert ....Read More.||robstitt on 18th May 2017 05:45:29|