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W/O.  (Pilot) John George Smith

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W/O. (Pilot) John George Smith Veteran

Birth
Bristol, England
Death
28 Aug 1942 (aged 23)
Grand-Hallet, Arrondissement de Waremme, Liège, Belgium
Burial
Leuven, Arrondissement Leuven, Flemish Brabant, Belgium Add to Map
Plot
9. A. 6.
Memorial ID
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Service No: 742471 - Warrant Officer - Pilot - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 115 Sqdn.


Son of Walter William and Alice Louisa Smith of Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.

Husband of Josephine Winifred Smith, of 136 Swiss Drive, Ashton Vale, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.


Part of a five man crew that took off from RAF Marham, Norfolk, at 20:26 hrs on Friday 28th August, 1942, in a Vickers – Wellington III S/No. X3675 for a bombing raid on Nürnberg in Germany.

After take off nothing further was heard and the aircraft was reported as missing in action. It was later discovered that it had been shot down by the night fighter crew of Hauptmann Bietmann & Unteroffizier Reinicke of the 5./NJG 1, who were flying a Bf 110 from St Trond (Sint-Truiden) airfield, they crashed at Grand-Hallet, Liege, Belgium.

 

There were three casualties and two survivors,one PoW and one evader.

 

The rest of the crew who died were,

Sgt. Leslie George CARR – S/No. 1330310 – Air Gunner – RAFVR

Sgt. William john SHARPE – S/No. 798575 – Air Gunner – RAFVR

 

The survivors were,

Sgt. Jack Edward COPE – S/No.1377332 - Navigator – RAFVR - Evader

Sgt. Norris John MacKENZIE – S/No. NZ41596 - Wireless Operator – RNZAF – PoW in Stalag VIIIB Lamsdorf

 

Service No: 742471 - Warrant Officer - Pilot - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 115 Sqdn.


Son of Walter William and Alice Louisa Smith of Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.

Husband of Josephine Winifred Smith, of 136 Swiss Drive, Ashton Vale, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.


Part of a five man crew that took off from RAF Marham, Norfolk, at 20:26 hrs on Friday 28th August, 1942, in a Vickers – Wellington III S/No. X3675 for a bombing raid on Nürnberg in Germany.

After take off nothing further was heard and the aircraft was reported as missing in action. It was later discovered that it had been shot down by the night fighter crew of Hauptmann Bietmann & Unteroffizier Reinicke of the 5./NJG 1, who were flying a Bf 110 from St Trond (Sint-Truiden) airfield, they crashed at Grand-Hallet, Liege, Belgium.

 

There were three casualties and two survivors,one PoW and one evader.

 

The rest of the crew who died were,

Sgt. Leslie George CARR – S/No. 1330310 – Air Gunner – RAFVR

Sgt. William john SHARPE – S/No. 798575 – Air Gunner – RAFVR

 

The survivors were,

Sgt. Jack Edward COPE – S/No.1377332 - Navigator – RAFVR - Evader

Sgt. Norris John MacKENZIE – S/No. NZ41596 - Wireless Operator – RNZAF – PoW in Stalag VIIIB Lamsdorf

 


Inscription

IN OUR HEARTS HE LIVES YET WE LOVED HIM TOO DEARLY TO EVER FORGET. JOSEPHINE, MUMS, DAD


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