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    Default Spitfire named for "Bruce Smeaton"

    Hello there.

    I wonder of the Spitfire experts or those with more specialist publications can help with this question.

    A school magazine recording the death of a former pupil in an air crash on 10th May 1941 suggests that the people of Castleford in Yorkshire "are raising funds to purchase a Spitfire to be named "Bruce Smeaton"". I have not found any subsequent references to such a named aircraft entering service either in general publications or the school magazines.

    Can anybody confirm whether a Spitfire did bear Smeatons name, or whether the funds may perhaps have been pooled to provide another aircraft? Any assistance gratefully received.

    Many thanks

    "Squawk"

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    There was no Spitfire named 'Bruce Smeaton' according to A-B 'Gifts of War'

    However, AB927 was named 'Castleford' and was presented by that town.

    Malcolm

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    Default Spitfire named for Bruce Smeaton

    Malcolm,

    Thanks very much for your reply. That clarifies another aspect of this case.

    Best regards,

    "Squawk"

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    Hello Squawk,

    I don't know anything about Bruce Smeaton, but I do have that name among my research interests. James Smeaton, RCAF, was a technician stationed in England during the war. His family were from the St. Catharines, Ontario, area.

    I mention this just because it's not a common name.
    David

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    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2402829

    Bruce William Smeaton


    Blenheim L1494 54 OTU


    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?2792-Unaccounted-airmen-10-5-1941

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    Default Spitfire named for "Bruce Smeaton"

    Thank you Gentlemen for taking the trouble to respond. The full story of Bruce Smeaton is becoming much clearer.

    Best regards,

    "Squawk"

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