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SGT Arthur James Smith

Birth
Portsmouth, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England
Death 12 Jul 1942 (aged 22–23)
Stanley, Erewash Borough, Derbyshire, England
Burial Swaythling, Southampton Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England
Plot Panel 5 of the Crematorium Monument
Memorial ID 184608098 View Source
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Flight Sgt 123492 RAF.
The son of Herbert James Smith and Lily ( nee Briscoe) Smith, of Portsmouth.

Killed in the crash of a Vickers Wellington Mk VI - W5795.
W5795 was on a test flight from The Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment, RAF Boscombe Down.
The flight was classed as 'top secret' due to the aircraft being fitted with experimental long range radar and a pressurised cockpit.
During the flight, at 35000 ft, a propeller blade became detached and tore the pressurised cockpit open. The aircraft broke up in the air and crashed into fields at the village of Stanley in Derbyshire with the loss of all on board.

They are all commemorated on a memorial plaque in St Andrews churchyard, Stanley.

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