The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R C Smith
Reginald Cyril Smith of Chichester was born on 2nd April 1916 in
Fareham, Hampshire and
educated at Chiddingford Church of England School.
He joined the RAF in January 1932 as an Aircraft Apprentice and passed out in December 1934 as a Fitter. He later applied for pilot training and was selected. He was serving with 236 Squadron by early July 1940.
On 1st August he was captain of Blenheim N3603 which returned to Thorney Island with severe damage to its tail, caused by anti-aircraft fire during a low-level attack on Querqueville aerodrome.
On 19th July 1941 Smith was killed as a Flight Sergeant with 143 Squadron. Beaufighter T3296 was lost over the sea on a ferry flight from Portreath to Gibraltar.
F/Sgt. RA Williams was also lost.
Smith was 25 and is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 37.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner