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    L.S.,

    Any additional info is welcome. Newspaper snippets ?
    I can not find his parents marriage yet.

    Halifax Mk.III - LW367 - EY-L - 20 Feb 1944 - Mission: Leipzig

    1384555 - 159075 - P/O. - Pilot - Thomas Henry Smith - RAF - Age 20 - KIA
    of Rainham, Essex, UK - Row 1 - Grave 2 - Kallenkote General Cemetery - CWGC ref. 2820653
    Son of Mr. Alfred George Smith and Mrs. Lilian Miriam Smith, of Rainham, Essex, UK
    Mrs. L. M. Smith (mother), 238 Wennington Road, Rainham, Essex, UK


    The London Gazette issues:
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    26 Nov 1943 - issue 36267 - page 5245 - 25 Sep 1943 - RAFVR - F/Sgt. - 1384555 - Thomas Henry Smith (159075)
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    PATS1950, Hi,
    Best I can do is a "possible maybe"!:-

    Marriages:
    Q2 1918
    ALFRED SMITH m Lilian Miriam C Fryatt (Reg Romford 4a 829)

    HTH
    Peter Davies
    Meteorology is a science; good meteorology is an art!
    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Hello, My name is William Mertton and my maternal uncle Douglas Athol Riach was on the crew of the mentioned Halifax bomber.
    Was just thinking of him and wanted to say Hi to someone connected. Cheers

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    Welcome to the Forum William,

    Gentlemen,

    If you haven't already done so, I suggest you take a look at Alan Cooper's, Target Leipzig. There is mention of Tom Smith (and his pal, Bernard Downs). The photo section contains a photo of Smith's original burial site and (p.100), mentions that, "Tom (Smith), had recently become engaged and planned to marry in Easter 1944", the time he would finish his tour of operations (Cooper claims that the Leipzig op would have been Smith's fifteenth op[p.100]).

    Target Leipzig The RAF's Disastrous Raid of 19/20 February 1944.
    Cooper,Alan.
    Barnsley:Pen & Sword,2009.
    pp.99-102, 129-30, 134 & 197-8

    Typically, Cooper stuffs up the aircraft letter (he uses "Q"), does not properly identify Riach (RCAF), and Hamilton (RNZAF), and misspells the name of the crash site.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 19th February 2019 at 13:50.

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