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    Default Smither KIA 15th Sept 1940 'over Tun Wells'

    Just in case the location is known I wondered if the Smither Hurricane P3876 fell at North Farm Tunbridge Wells?

    Smither (401) RCAF was 27 years old and is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery. (Ken Wynn, Men of the BofB)

    Going to check the ARP reports but wondered if someone could save me the trip?

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    Ross Smither's death is registered at Tonbridge 3rd Qtr 1940 so approx area...


    Deaths Sep 1940
    Smither Ross 28 Tonbridge 2a 2311

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    My notes for P3876 list the crash location as "near Staplehurst, Kent". Also, on this date the unit was still No. 1 (F) Squadron, RCAF. It did not become 401 Squadron until 1 March 1941.

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    Thanks Bill. Sorry No1 Sqn.
    Sounds like it was in an area between say Tonbridge and Staplehurst.
    Marden?
    I'm going to inspect the Marden Walking Group's recent desktop publication.

    Where Nesbitt's Hurricane fell (at abt the same time ie. 1215) is anyone's guess.
    I'm inclined to think that this was the one (P3080) that I was thinking fell nearer to Tunbridge Wells.

    Paul thanks. I believe Tonbridge 'Rural' was swapped with Tunbridge Wells in the aftermath.

    Dave
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    The publication is actually from Marden History Group.
    It lists 27 'WW2' aircraft casualties in and around this Kentish Parish.
    Quite alot on average.
    As well as bombs, rockets and strafing incidents.

    But there is no mention of P3876, the County Records Office, maidstone are closed all week, but I will be looking at the ARP records when they open after their move.

    Dave

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