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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2008



    A bit more on 812204 AC2 William Joseph SMITH RAF(AAF).

    9th September 1939
    No.500 Sqn
    Anson I N5066:MK-?
    Op: Reconnaissance.
    Base: Detling
    T/o time: 17:43

    Ran out of fuel on a search sortie in fog over the North Sea and ditched at 22:45 hrs off Seasalter, Kent. A number of small boats including the Margate and Southend-on-Sea lifeboats carried out a search for the crew who were safely recovered.

    91008 P/O John Grahame LANE RAF(AAF) - Safe + 16-4-1941 252 Sqn. See: CCL1/113
    90557 P/O Edward Norman HARRIS RAF(AAF) - Safe (later AFC,MiD)
    812107 AC2 Ronald Harold COOMBER RAF(AAF) - Safe + 10-10-1941 500 Sqn. See: CCL1/156
    812204 AC2 William Joseph SMITH RAF(AAF) - Safe

    Royal Air Force Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War - Vol.1 1939-1941.
    Hinckley:Midland Publishing,2003.

    Due deference to our ex-WM!

    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 17th September 2013 at 01:24.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2017


    Hi Tim, thank you for posting this article. It has helped us to trace our (Great) Uncle William Joseph Smith and find his CWGC grave in Sittingbourne. Did your father have any photos of William or any recollection of his wife or family.

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