The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. P R Smith
Phillip Richard Smith was born on 7th July 1915 in Billericay and
joined the RAF about May 1936 as a direct-entry Airman u/t Pilot. He completed his training and was serving with 25 Squadron by August 1939.
Commissioned in December 1940, he was killed on 4th April 1943 as a Flight Lieutenant with 278 Squadron, an ASR unit.
Anson I DG809 took off at night to search for a ditched Spitfire. A brief distress call was received indicating that they were being fired on and it is believed that the Anson must have come down about 40 miles off Great Yarmouth.
Also lost were:
WO LC Telford
WO II DA Forestell
F/Sgt. JAP Bartlett
F/Sgt. GF Hogan
Smith is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 121.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner