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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. A Smith


Alexander Smith joined the RAF about June 1940 as an Aircrafthand. He volunteered for aircrew duties and probably did a short radar course before joining 600 Squadron at Manston in July/August 1940, still with the rank of LAC.

He was one of the crew of Blenheim L1111 which became lost following R/T failure during a night patrol in the evening of 8th September 1940. The crew of three baled out over Basingstoke at 2130 when the fuel was exhausted. Smith, P/O HBL Hough, pilot, and Sgt. EC Barnard, gunner survived unhurt. The aircraft crashed near Odiham.

Smith was killed on 22nd August 1941 as a Sergeant with 600.

He was flying in Beaufighter IIF R2300 which crashed into the sea off Predannack at 2318 while returning from an operational patrol. Despite a search by lifeboat no trace of the aircraft or crew could be found. F/Sgt. B Martin was also lost.

Smith is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 52.



Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner


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