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    Default Sgt Frederick SMITH, 179 Sqdn 11thMay 1942

    All I have is what is on CWGC, ie 1161130 Sgt 179 Sqdn died 11th May 1942 Runnymede.
    Maybe he was on the Rostock raid, but I have nothing, so it is an earnest question for help from the experts

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    Sparkie,
    Bit of confusion here, as 179sqdn, were not formed until Sept 42, and i cannot find a Frederick Smith on CWGC, for the date concerned.
    Alan.

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    Hello,

    The incident occurred on the 8th November, 1942!

    Col.
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    Wellington HX732


    Coded E


    Took off RAF Skitten, 16:59hrs 8/11/42 for a Flora P Patrol


    P/O D Fraser RCAF
    Sgt Thompson
    F/Sgt Davies
    Sgt F V Smith
    Sgt J P McGrath RCAF
    Sgt Hutchinson


    Took off for a patrol but failed to return when and an engine cut in position XJDE 1210 and the Wellington was ditched 2 miles west of Vaila, Shetland, in position 60 11 42.8N 001 35 58.5W. At Walls four men manned a motor boat and put out, but they only found pieces of wreckage. The Aith motor life-boat was also launched, but found nothing. Of the six crew, four drifted ashore, in the darkness, in their dinghy, one went down with the aeroplane and the sixth was washed ashore dead. Sgt Smith is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial and Sgt McGrath from Edmonton, Alberta, rests in Wick Cemetery, Caithness.


    The wreckage of this aircraft has been identified by divers and lies in deep water in the position listed.


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    Ross you are a marvel..I had inadvertently quoted the wrong date on my start of the thread, humble apologies. I had seen somewhere that 179 squadron arrived n Gibraltar on 1st November which had me looking in the wrong place anyway....and of course looking for 6 dead men the same day, shows how one must be very careful of making assumptions and using them as fact !..Thanks folks

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    sparkie,

    You will find a vivid description of the loss of No.179 Sqn Wellington VIII HX732*, in the following publication:

    Live to Look Again:Memoirs of a Canadian Pilot with the RAF during WW II.
    Fraser,Donald A (the pilot of HX732)
    Belleville (Ontario): Mika Publishing Co.,1984
    pp.167-71

    * The other No.179 Sqn loss on 8-11-1942 ( HX776/'B', P/O R H Bramwell), is also mentioned.

    See: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...llington-HX732

    Col.
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