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    Default Blenheim Pilot William Alexander Ross KIA 28/09/1941 55 Sqn

    Last moments of hero World War II pilot's life revealed in letter from German witness to his fiancée

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1303810/Last-moments-hero-World-War-II-pilots-story-revealed-letter-German-witness-fiancee.html#ixzz0x2XTNGiA

    Can anyone ID his Blenheim and the rest of his crew please?

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    Blenheim V5560.
    Sgt W.A. Ross.
    Sgt E.J. Sprange.
    Sgt C.I. Johnston, RNZAF.

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    Hi 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.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 19th August 2010 at 09:27.

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    Thanks Guys!

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    Paul,

    Many thanks for drawing attention to the article conerning this loss which included a New Zealand crew member.

    Errol

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