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Aircraftman 1st Class Sidney SMITH (1159728) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve


Circumstances of Death: POW Death. Died of enteritis and generally weakened condition Jeselton POW Camp, Borneo
 

Death of Death 1943-04-14

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Burial/Commemoration Details : H. A. 13. at Labuan War Cemetery, Malaysia (Map)

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1st July 1941.I am researching details on any escorting squadron's who went with the Blenheim's of 139 Squadron on the following raids. 30th June 1941. 139 Squadron took of at 17.32 Hours with 8 machines lead by Squ/Leader Thompson, DFC and 10 aircraft of 18 Squadron supported by fighter escort to rendezvous at Clacton, on Raid I A J 440 and returned 19.37 Hours with all aircraft having carried out a bombing raid on Pont-A-Vendin Thermic Power Station 4 miles N.E. of Lens. 1st July 1941, five machines of 139 Squadron left Horsham St. Faith, lead by Squadron Leader Sidney Smith at 08.48 on a daylight raid to Oldenburg Power Station. What l am trying to find out is if James McCairns and 616 Squadron escorted the Blenheim's on either or both of these raids. This would be a 'nice' coincidence as my Father was shot down on 1st July and McCairns on 6th and they both ended up in the same POW camp. If not, then l an still interested to see if there is any referance to my Father being shot down with any more details. Regards, Nick ....Read More.NickFenton on 18th November 2007 04:56:14
Squadron Leader Ronald Edward Sidney Smith DFC 87037 - died on 09/09/44Can anyone help me with a cause of death for Squadron Leader Ronald Edward Sidney Smith DFC 87037 died on 09/09/44 age 28 and is buried in Down Hatherley (St Mary and Corpus Christi) Churchyard. Sorry no squadron is known. Thank you in advance James ....Read More.James Castle on 7th January 2011 01:09:39
Squadron Leader Ronald Edward Sidney Smith DFC 87037 - died on 09/09/44Hello, The CWGC is in error quoting just a DFC for 87037 S/L (Pilot) Ronald Edward Sidney SMITH DFC & Bar RAFVR. LG 36211. 12 October, 1943. p.4560 shows this. Flight. November 18, 1943. p.569, provides us with a citation: Awards - Royal Air Force. The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy. Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross. Act. Sqn. Ldr. R.E.S. SMITH. D.F.C., R.A.F.V.R., No.57 Sqn. - Sqn. Ldr. Smith, now on his second tour of operational duty, has completed a large number of sorties,. These include nine attacks on targets in the Ruhr Valley, three attacks on Hamburg, and one on Peenemunde. At the time of its loss, I believe Mosquito PR XVI NS565, was on the strength of No.34 Wing Support Unit*, which was based at Northolt. *Thirty Four Wing - An Unofficial Account. On 23rd July (1944), authority was given for the formation of a Wing Support Unit which was to supply replacement aircraft and crews. It formed at Northolt on August 1st, (1944), under the command of 37159 W/C Rowland Branston COX RAF (RAFO), and, during the rest of the war, it was based in England where it trained crews, modified aircraft and carried out some very valuable work in the development of the technique of Night Photography. See: http://www.34wing.co.uk/34wing.html p.25 of 52. Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 8th January 2011 01:44:47
Lancaster NN775 recovery in BelgiumLancaster NN775 (514[SUP]th[/SUP] RAF) crashed on Marsh 5[SUP]th[/SUP], 1945 in the Belgian village of BUNSBEEK (nowadays part of the municipality of GLABBEEK ) [B]cfr: [/B][URL]http://www.glabbeek.be/website/3370-www[/URL] The crew : [B]Pilot Holman Kerr Sgt William Marsden Nav Sidney Smith Off Frank Clarke Sgt Allan Olsen Sgt Christopher Hogg Sgt Herbert Thomas All killed[/B] The municipality of Glabbeek in cooperation with the Planehunters Recovery Team Belgium are searching for the remeans of the crewmembers : at the crash the only remains of navigator [B]Sidney Smith[/B] and officer [B]Frank Clarke[/B] were found. May they rest in peace [U]laro2012[/U] ....Read More.laro2012 on 13th November 2016 03:55:34
177442 Sidney SMITH - D.F.C. citation?Hello Can anyone tell me if there is a citation anywhere for the D.F.C. awarded to Flt. Lt. Sidney Smith of 186 Squadron in March 1945? Many thanks Simon ....Read More.wwrsimon on 28th November 2019 07:11:03
1943 Unaccounted Airmen Database ReconciliationMoving on to some of the SEAC casualties: Leading Aircraftman John Baird [URL="http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/details.php?qnum=98015"]McLEOD[/URL] (1366156) - WO 392 on Fold3.com records that he died whilst being held as a P.o.W. by the Japanese. He had been captured on March 8th 1942. Leading Aircraftman Geoffrey Meallin [URL="http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/details.php?qnum=60486"]BYNG[/URL] (574149) - WO 361 on Fold3.com records that he drowned at 116ļ 30' E 6ļ 20' S on November 29th 1943 (not February 1st 1943) whilst being held as a P.o.W. by the Japanese. That date matches the sinking of the prisoner ship Suez Maru by the U.S.S. Bonefish. Aircraftman 1st Class James Bradshaw [URL="http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/details.php?qnum=57205"]BOOTH[/URL] (987409) - WO 392 on Fold3.com records that he died whilst being held as a P.o.W. by the Japanese. He had also been captured on March 8th 1942. Corporal William Leslie [URL="http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/details.php?qnum=123766"]WRIGHT[/URL] (991919) - WO 361 on Fold3.com records that he died on August 26th (not March 26th) 1943 of Beri Beri whilst being held as a P.o.W. by the Japanese, and was buried in Grave 40 at the Camp Cemetery, Hintok River, Thailand. Corporal Owen Frank [URL="http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/details.php?qnum=110979"]SMART[/URL] (534719) - WO 361 on Fold3.com records that he died of Bacillic Dysentery whilst being held as a P.o.W. by the Japanese. Aircraftman 1st Class Sidney [URL="http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/details.php?qnum=111751"]SMITH[/URL] (1159728) - WO 392 on Fold3.com records that he died whilst being held as a P.o.W. by the Japanese. He had been captured on March 8th 1942. Aircraftman 2nd Class Thomas Daine [URL="http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/details.php?qnum=111789"]SMITH[/URL] (1349504) - WO 392 on Fold3.com records that he died whilst being held as a P.o.W. by the Japanese. He had been captured on March 8th 1942. Leading Aircraftman Alan Vernon [URL="http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/details.php?qnum=78479"]HARDING[/URL] (1530954) - WO 392 on Fold3.com records that he died whilst being held as a P.o.W. by the Japanese. He had been captured on March 20th 1942. Aircraftman 1st Class George Cyril [URL="http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/details.php?qnum=76511"]GREEN[/URL] (1274844) - WO 392 on Fold3.com records that he died whilst being held as a P.o.W. by the Japanese. He had been captured on March 17th 1942. Aircraftman 1st Class William James [URL="http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/details.php?qnum=67369"]DE GARIS[/URL] (1164152) - WO 361 on Fold3.com records that he died of Bacillic Dysentery whilst being held as a P.o.W by the Japanese. Leading Aircraftman Reginald Alfred [URL="http://www.rafcommands.com/database/wardead/details.php?qnum=62076"]CHARLOTTES[/URL] (1204036) - WO 392 on Fold3.com records ....Read More.wwrsimon on 4th May 2020 01:03:21
A thread for Airmen Now Found ?And another: [url]https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/northern-irish-pilots-remains-found-71-years-after-bomber-downed-over-belgium-35212330.html[/url] The seven crew were F/O Holman Gordon Stanley Kerr, Sgt. William Marsden, F/Sgt. Sidney Smith, F/O Frank Clarke, F/Sgt. Allan Olsen, Sgt. Christopher George Hogg and Sgt. Herbert Percival Thomas. 514 Sqdn. 5 March 1945. ....Read More.PeteS on 16th May 2020 10:35:23
177442 Sidney SMITH - D.F.C. citation?Simon, I decided to join Royal Airforce Commands (many thanks to those who allowed it to happen) after discovering this thread, whilst doing my own research into my fatherís wartime experiences. He was Flt.Lt. Sidney Smith DFC 177442, so I can perhaps shed some light on your own research. He was indeed a Lancaster pilot with 90 Squadron, his first opp. was 5[SUP]th [/SUP]September 1944 to Le Havre. He completed 11 opps with them, the last being to Calais on 27[SUP]th[/SUP] September 1944 After that he transferred to 186 Squadron and flew his first opp with them to Walcheren on 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] October 1944, completing his 30[SUP]th[/SUP] opp to Osterfeld on 11[SUP]th[/SUP] December 1944. All based at Tuddenham. His crew stayed the same throughout, apart from, as mentioned, a change of Navigator when they transferred to 186 Squadron. I have quite a collection of items from that period, including his logbook which not only contains details of his training and operations but even details of bomb loads and the fate of each of the Lancasterís he flew. There are also many photographs, including one taken of the entire crew standing in front of NG140 at Tuddenham 6[SUP]th[/SUP] November 1944. I even have two of his uniforms. I would dearly love to find out more information about my Dadís exploits, in particular, like you, if there was a connection between the DFC awarded to John Frederick (Slim) Hartford and that of my Dad. Let me know if I can help any further. Graham Sidney Smith ....Read More.Glidestar on 21st May 2020 08:15:11
177442 Sidney SMITH - D.F.C. citation?Hello Graham Welcome to the Forum, and many thanks indeed for posting the information. I came across your dad's name in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle from May 7th 1945: [I]The D.F.C. has been awarded to Flt.-Lt. Sidney Smith (26), husband of Mrs. L. Smith, who is in the A.T.S., and eldest son of Mrs. and the late Mr. W. J. Smith, 23, Burnopfield Gardens, Newcastle “for gallantry while on operations over Germany.”[/I] Not much to go on from that, but as you can see the good folks on here have filled in many gaps. I'm sure I'll have some questions, if that's okay. Regards Simon ....Read More.wwrsimon on 21st May 2020 08:53:56
177442 Sidney SMITH - D.F.C. citation?Hello, In Post #5, Graham Smith asserts that his father flew his first op to Walcheren on 3 October, 1944, with 186 Sqn. Afraid not, No 186 flew its first op, to Bonn, on 18 October, 1944. In fact, F/O Sidney Smith was still on 90 Sqn when he flew to Walcheren on 3 October, 1944: No.90 Sqn - Lancaster III LM618 'U', F/O S. Smith; Up: 12.19 Down: 14.32 (2.13). Attacked Westkapelle (3rd Wave), at 13.33 hours from 5,000 feet. Identified on reds and visually. Bombed between red markers. Result: very concentrated raid. Photo result: 200 yards. Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 23rd May 2020 10:17:57

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