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    Default Blenheim L1410 18 Sqn Wednesday Jan 3rd 1940 Crew

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    Monday 08 January 1940 , Birmingham Daily Post , West Midlands, England

    COVENTRY Sergeant Pilot Frederick Smith, a member of the crew of the R.A.F. aeroplane which was forced down in Belgium last week,
    has sent the following message to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. Smith, of the Rose and Crown,
    Coventry; ôSafe and sound in Belgium: writing later. Freddie. . - It is understood that in making
    a forced landing the machine came in, contact with a high-tension cable
    and caught fire. One member the crew who tried to land by parachute was killed,
    but Smith and the officer in command were able to crawl from the wreckage
    and were treated by local doctors for burns, which were not serious. The two injured men
    were taken to Liege Hospital. Smith, who is twenty-four years of age, joined the
    R.A.F. about two years ago and was entered for short service commission
    when the war broke out.

    This is

    Blenheim L1410 "WV-B"
    18 Sqn
    Wednesday Jan 3rd 1940 according to BoBTaN
    I say "WV-B"

    Because it does not look that code to me if picture at

    http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=89533

    is correct but I digress

    Crew is

    F/O (39882) Charles Mervyn Patrick Kempster (pilot) RAF - interned
    Sgt Frederick L Smith (obs) RAF - interned
    AC1 (537545) Peter Bothamley Harris (WOP/AG) RAF- killed

    Can anyone Id Smith more fully now? - I wonder if it is Frederick Leuce Smith 580384

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    Paul,

    Could be 580384 Sgt Frederick Leece SMITH RAF - See: BCL1(rev.ed.)/186 - 15-8-1940 & BCL1(rev.ed.)/298 - 3-1-1940.

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1807436/

    Col.
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    Col yes that has to be him great thanks no doubt: Frederick Leece Smith 580384

    The "Frederick Leuce Smith 580384" was what I could read on Air 78 but the second u has to be an e as well

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    Paul,

    The details in the AIR 81/82 Casualty File confirm fully Col's information.

    Regards,

    Martin.

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