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    Default Unaccounted airmen - 23-6-1942

    What was the place of death registration for:
    AC2 Robert W. DOUGLAS - 1040316 - 613 Sqn (Twinwood Farm, Bedfordshire), who died on active service.

    Also looking for unit and possible cause of death of:
    Sgt Jacob L. SMITH - 778643 (from S.Rhodesia), whose name is commemorated on Panel 93 of the Runnymede Memorial.

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk
    Douglas,20, registered at Bedford, Bedfordshire
    Regards
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    Henk,

    No Sgt Jacob L SMITH - 778643 on CWGC.

    Do you mean 778676 Sgt John Burton SMITH RAFVR + 26-6-1942?

    If so:

    25/26-6-1942
    102 sqn
    Halifax II W7759 DY-L
    Op: Bremen

    Took off 2359 Topcliffe. Lost without trace. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    F/L C C Harris RCAF +
    Sgt G C Pratt +
    Sgt V J F Bicat +
    Sgt T H May +
    Sgt J P Hankins +
    Sgt J B Smith + (Runnymede Memorial Panel 93)

    See: BCL3/136 and BCL9/130.

    Smith mentioned in: A Pride of Eagles:The Definitive History of the Rhodesian Air Force 1920 - 1980./Salt p.794.

    Col.
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    Thanks Col for your quick reply. J.B. SMITH - 778676 is in my files. I have to apologize as I came up with a wrong date and also misspelling. I'm looking for:
    Jacob Letterstied SMIT (not SMITH) svcnr 778643; checked again with CWGC and ascertained that the date was 24th June 1942 (in lieu of 23rd).
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    Listed in Flight on August 27th, 1942 as Missing, Believed Killed On Active Service. This was then confirmed on July 22nd, 1943.

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    Henk,

    No.: 778643
    Rank: Flt Sgt.
    Name/Initials/Awards: SMIT, Jacob Letterstied
    Date of Death: 24/6/42
    Sqn or Unit/Crew position/A/C Type & No.: 5 OTU, Pilot, unknown
    Raid on Target: Unknown
    Other Information: KOAS Flying accident Scotland. Named on Runnymede Memorial, Egham, Surrey, UK, Panel 93. Born 23/9/1919, Fort Victoria, Southern Rhodesia.

    See; A Pride of Eagles/Salt p.793



    Aircraft possibly - Bristol Beaufort I L4459 22/217/3 OTU/5 OTU Spun into sea 10m south of Girvan, Ayrshire 24-6-1942.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 25th August 2009 at 15:46. Reason: minor correction

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    Thanks Col for info on SMIT. 5 OTU means he was Coastal command and I think Ross will come up with more info on this airman and his Beaufort.
    Regards,
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    Hi Col.


    F1180 confirms Smith/Smit as only casualty on board Beaufort L4459.


    The F1180 records him as Smith.


    Crash 12:10 on 24th.


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    Hello

    AC2 Robert W. DOUGLAS - 1040316 - the Bedforsdshire Times & Independent of July 3rd 1942 reported the following:

    AIRMAN DROWNED

    A verdict that he was drowned by misadventure was recorded at the inquest on a twenty-year-old airman, Robert William Douglas, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, which was held at Kempston Police Station on Friday. Douglas was drowned while bathing fifty yards above the dam in the River Ouse at Oakley on the evening of Tuesday last week.

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    Simon

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