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Blenheim IV V5560 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Blenheim IV V5560

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  28 Sep 41 Aircraft Name  Blenheim IV Serial Number  V5560
Unit  55 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  Libya
Aircrew details
Source Henk Welting's Database

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Blenheim IV V5560

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantCharles Ian JOHNSTON (401277) Blenheim IV V5560  NA/PRO 1941-09-2855 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptHalfaya Sollum War Cemetery
SergeantWilliam Alexander ROSS (968129) Pilot Blenheim IV V5560  NA/PRO 1941-09-2855 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptHalfaya Sollum War Cemetery
SergeantErnest James SPRANGE (939321) Blenheim IV V5560  NA/PRO  Forum Post 1941-09-2855 Sqdn AIR27 EgyptHalfaya Sollum War Cemetery

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Blenheim Pilot William Alexander Ross KIA 28/09/1941 55 SqnBlenheim 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 SqnHi Paul, 28-9-1941 No.55 Sqn. Blenheim IV V5560 Op: Bardia 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 + See: Royal Air Force Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean Volume 1: !939-1942 Gunby,David & Pel Temple. Hinckley:Midland Publishing,2006. p.87 Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 19th August 2010 05:19:49
Blenheim IV V5567Robert, 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 ? Regards, Martin Gleeson. ....Read More.Martin Gleeson on 17th May 2017 04:47:03
Blenheim IV V5567Martin, 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. Regards, Robert ....Read More.robstitt on 18th May 2017 05:45:29

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