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    70 Squadron lost two Wellington aircraft in a daylight raid on Valona, Albania on 7 November 1940, both shot down by Fiat CR.42s and Breda 65s.
    The aircraft were T2731 (Fl Lt T A Brian) which went down in flames and T2734 (Sgt G N Brooks) which was seen to explode in the air.

    Would like to know which aircraft Ellam was on. There are suggestions that it was T2731.
    Wilfred Ellam 539774 - Tirana Park Memorial Cemetery

    There are 8 other casualties from 70 Squadron shown on CWGC:
    Alan Ellis Brian - 39930 - Alamein Memorial
    James Henry Keddie - 645315 - Alamein Memorial
    Charles William Laughton 538373 - Alamein Memorial
    Edward Reginald Pitts - 581243 - Alamein Memorial
    Joseph Axford Selley - 631166 - Alamein Memorial
    George Newcombe Brooks 742451 - Tirana Park Memorial Cemetery
    Victor John Morgan 741943 - Tirana Park Memorial Cemetery
    David Philip 751894 - Alamein Memorial

    Thanks
    Martyn

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    Hello,

    According to Gunby & Temple, in their "RAF Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean Vol.1"/p.30, Ellam was aboard F/Lt Brian's T2731. There were also two PoW's in Brian's crew; P/O G R RAWLINGS and Sgt W J MITCHELL.

    The crew break-up, was:

    Wellington IC T2731

    F/Lt A E Brian +
    P/O G R Rawlings - PoW
    Sgt G S Wilson + (listed under 8-11-1940 on CWGC)
    Sgt W Ellam +
    Sgt W J Mitchell - PoW
    Sgt J A Selley + (CAN/RAF)

    Wellington IC T2734

    Sgt G N Brooks +
    Sgt V J Morgan +
    Sgt E R Pitts +
    Sgt D Philip +
    Sgt C W Laughton +
    Sgt J H Keddie +

    See also: http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/italy_franchino.htm

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 14th April 2017 at 03:04.

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    Thanks Col.
    Great info.

    Regards
    Martyn

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