Author Topic: 24 May 1943 Donald Fred Smith RAFVR, 22, 1272560  (Read 764 times)

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24 May 1943 Donald Fred Smith RAFVR, 22, 1272560
« on: Monday 11 April 16 22:27 BST (UK) »
Air Gunner - Sgt Donald Fred Smith RAFVR (1272560), aged 22, of Pentlow, Essex. Buried Pentlow Churchyard, Essex.

On the night of 23rd / 24th May 1943 this aircraft took off from Wigsley airfield at 23.23hrs for a night navigation exercise combined with a fighter affiliation exercise. While flying in the Hull area at 03.08hrs the aircraft broke up in the air and crashed over a wide area around the village of Humbleton. Sadly all eight in the aircraft were killed as a result of this accident.

We are unveiling a plaque dedicated to the memory of these crewmen in our village church on 29 May 2016 and would like to trace any relatives of Donald Smith and would appreciate any help.