The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. P R Smith
Percy Ronald Smith was born on 11th September 1915 in Hackney and joined the RAF about June 1939 as a direct-entry Airman u/t Observer. He completed his training and was serving with 236 Squadron in early July 1940.
He was killed on 24th November 1940, serving as a Sergeant with 272 Squadron, aged 25.
Blenheim IV Z5734 XK-D was airborne from Aldergrove on a convoy escort. It may have misidentified a Fulmar in the area or engaged in a practice dogfight with it but in any case eyewitnesses on HMS Vesper reported that the Blenheim stalled off a turn and dived into the North Channel.
Smith, P/O BH Herrick and Sgt. JG Hair were all lost.
Smith is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 19.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner