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    Hi all

    I wonder if anyone could assist in a request for information.

    A work colleague has been doing some family research and discovered he had a great Uncle from Manchester by the name of Albert Rossi who was aircrew on Lancasters in Bomber Command, though his role is not known for sure, however he and his crew were at some stage shot down and he spent the next two years as a POW.

    Sadly we have no information as to which Squadron he was a member of and whilst he intends to request his Service Record from RAF Cranwell if anyone could provide an information lead as to sqn etc I can run with it from there and help research in the meantime.

    Any information very much appreciated

    Kind regards

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    Default Re: Albert Rossi - Lancaster Aircrew

    From the serials database here

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?uniq=ja865

    Chris

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    Default Re: Albert Rossi - Lancaster Aircrew

    1676863 is the given Service Number of an Albert Rossi in FWR.
    There are a couple of possible Albert (no other forename(s)) Rossi in FREEBMD.
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    Default Re: Albert Rossi - Lancaster Aircrew

    He was reported (very briefly) as being a P.o.W. in the Manchester Evening News of January 14th 1944 (with a photo):

    Sergt. Albert Rossi, Edale Ave., Moston (prisoner in German hands).

    The 1939 Register has him living at 28 Edale Avenue, b. November 25th 1915, single and working as a 'General Metal Worker + Welder'. He is living with his parents Nicholas and Edith and sister Mary.

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    Default Re: Albert Rossi - Lancaster Aircrew

    166 Sqn Lancaster JA865, coded AS-A. From Kirmington, shot down by night fighter (Ofw Heinrich Sawert of 4/NJG5) at 20:22 hrs, 23/11/1943 on an op to Berlin. 5 PoW, 2 killed. Pilot W/O E F Grove and Rossi (nav?) among PoWs.

    (Details from books by Clutton-Brock, Chorley, and Boiten)
    Last edited by ianh; 21st December 2021 at 19:01.

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    Thank you all for your contributions it has given us a good amount of material to get started with, how do we find out which POW camps he was in please?

    Thanks again, one and all!!

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    The Eric Grove crew names and service numbers are on the 166 sqn website.

    https://www.raf166squadron.com/Individuals.htm

    Looks like Albert was a Flight Engineer

    Sgt. Albert Rossi RAF 1676863 - Flight Engineer

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    Default Re: Albert Rossi - Lancaster Aircrew

    Hi,

    He is listed as a pow camp not known, at that time most NCOs were sent to Stalag 4b unless he was wounded or injured then he would have been sent to a hospital to recover then to a pow camp.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Default Re: Albert Rossi - Lancaster Aircrew

    Hi,
    My Dad was the navigator in this crew, i have sent a pm.

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