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    Default Unaccounted airman - 16-11941

    What caused the death of and/or what was the place of death registration for:

    AC2 Leslie E.T. SMITH - 950490 - not found Flight archives.

    One aircraft loss for this day as a proposal:

    Magister I - R1843 - 15 EFTS - crashed in forced landing 3 miles S of Gretna, Dumfries.

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    Hi Henk,

    Don't think that is your crash, I have:

    16.01.41
    Miles M.14 Magister I R1843 15 E.F.T.S. Kingstown
    D M Cook pilot
    Aircraft ditched in the sea 3 miles south of Gretna, in the Solway Firth, Cumberland.
    Jim Corbett

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    Hi Henk
    I found L E T Smith ,21, in CWGC but the only one that came in the Register was Leslie J Smith,20, registered at Hendon. A change of initial on the Register is not unknown but I wouldn't bank on it being the same man, even though the age might indicate a casualty of Military age and Hendon, an RAF one
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    Thanks Dick; Smith a simple name but difficult for research.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimCorbett1977 View Post
    Hi Henk,

    Don't think that is your crash, I have:

    16.01.41
    Miles M.14 Magister I R1843 15 E.F.T.S. Kingstown
    D M Cook pilot
    Aircraft ditched in the sea 3 miles south of Gretna, in the Solway Firth, Cumberland.
    Thanks Jim.
    Cook servived. Any idea on rank and servicenumber ?
    Regards,
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    AC2 L E T Smith is KOAS in Flight magazine October 9th 1941.

    And his name then turns up in the Q3 register as Leslie E T Smith age 21 in the Derby district, Derbyshire. There must have been an enquiry or something to delay the registration perhaps.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Hello

    AC2 Leslie E.T. SMITH - 950490 - there was indeed a considerable delay. The Derby Daily Telegrpah of August 14th 1941 reported the following:

    Winter Raid Victim In Derby Found
    The body of an R.A.F. man was found beneath a heavy girder and debris at Derby yesterday afternoon, and it is concluded that he was a victim of the bombing in January. He was identified last night as Aircraftman Leslie Edwin Thomas Smith, who was stationed at Cranwell and whose home was at Navenby, Lincs.
    He was posted as missing when he was due back from leave which he is thought to have spent at Birmingham. He would have had to change at Derby on his journey back.
    Some time after the bombing a kit-bag bearing Smith's name was found among debris.
    During the raid a few other people lost their lives.


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    Simon

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