RAF Wittering serviceman killed in road crash in Italy

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A SERVICEMAN who was based at RAF Wittering has been killed following a road crash in Italy.

The family of the man, who is believed to be 23 years old, have been informed.

The airman was part of the No 2 (Mechanical Transport) Squadron and died following the crash in the Abruzzo region on Wednesday, the Ministry of Defence said late yesterday.

He was part of a logistics convoy travelling from the UK to air bases in southern Italy to resupply UK forces in support of Operation ELLAMY.

The operation is a UK mission over Libya to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 and protect Libyan civilians at risk of attack.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway, added the MOD.

Spokesman for the MOD’s Permanent Joint Headquarters, Colonel Nick Orr, said the unnamed airman was driving the lead vehicle in the convoy when it left the road.

He said: “The airman was part of a logistics convoy to resupply UK forces in support of Operation ELLAMY.

“The airman was driving the lead vehicle in the convoy when, for reasons that have yet to be established, his vehicle left the carriageway.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this terribly difficult time.”

Tony Walsh, who is the spokesman for the station, said that support has been offered to the airman’s family.

He said: “We extend our condolences to the family at this sad and trying time.

“We have offered an officer who will be seeking to help the family through this.”