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    Default Flight Sergeant Dennis Bensted Smith

    D.B.Smith RAFVR, 500 Squadron, Service No. 778472 was shot down on 17/09/42 over the Bay of Biscay. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.He was from Kimberley, South Africa.
    Any information, but particularly on the sortie which took his life, would be much appreciated. I believe his Squadron was in Coastal Command.

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    Hi Val,

    17-9-1942

    Hudson shot down by Lt Kurt Necesany, 13./KG 40, PlQ 14W/8933 1537 hrs (2 men were seen in water).

    Hudson AM587 of 500 Sqn.

    F/S D.B.Smith - P
    Sgt R.Finklestone-Sayliss - O
    Sgt A Young - WOp
    Sgt R J Wilson - WOp.

    All missing

    See:
    Bloody Biscay:The History of V Gruppe/Kampfgeschwader 40
    Goss,Chris.
    n.p.,Crecy,1997(1st.ed.)
    p.204.

    May be more info in later edition.

    Col.

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    Hi Val

    07/09/42
    No.500 Sqn
    Hudson V
    AM587

    F/Sgt D B Smith
    Sgt R Finklestone-Sayliss
    Sgt A Young
    Sgt R J Wilson

    Shot down by Lt K Necesany of 13./KG40 in position PLQ 14W/8933 at 15:37 hrs. Two crew were seen in the water but were not rescued and all are now commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial to the Missing.

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    Default Flt. Sgt. D.B. Smith

    Thank you Ross and Col for that information.
    D.B.Smith was a South African born citizen and his squadron[500] was, I understand, largely if not wholly, made up of Rhodesians.Is there any way of finding out if he joined up in Rhodesia or came to UK to do so?
    Would he have been entitled to any medals? If so, where can I source that information?
    Regards
    Val.

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    Quote Originally Posted by val View Post
    Is there any way of finding out if he joined up in Rhodesia or came to UK to do so?
    Would he have been entitled to any medals? If so, where can I source that information?
    Regards
    Val.
    Val,

    Service numbers 777600 to 778999 were allotted to enlistments in Rhodesia during (from?) June 1940.

    Errol

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