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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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21 Squadron Crest
26.11.1941 No. 22 Squadron Beaufort I L9793 OA-O P/O. M. Lliff

Operation: Gardening

Date: 26th November 1941 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 22 Squadron

Type: Beaufort I

Serial: L9793

Code: OA-O

Base: RAF ST. Eval

Location: Bay of Biscay, off Saint-Nazaire, France.

Pilot: P/O. M. Iliff 88041 RAFVR PoW No: 699 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria

Obs: Sgt. Herbert Smith 1061130 RAFVR Age 26. Killed

Sgt. A.J. Tonkin 922736 RAFVR PoW No: 102 Camp: Stalag 383

Sgt. C.G. Meader 961018 RAFVR PoW No: 103 Camp: Stalag 383

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 16.05 hrs from RAF ST. Eval to lay mines in the ‘Artichoke’ area. This being the Saint Nazaire harbour area. Believed to have been shot down by flak.

              

Beaufort I’s of 217 Squadron (courtesy IWM)

Burial details:

Left, and below, grave and plaque of Sgt. Smith at Gavres Communal Cemetery - any relative who would like a higher resolution please contact us (courtesy Kate Tame)

Sgt. Herbert Smith. Gavres Communal Cemetery. South West Plot. Row 4. Grave 6. Son of Thomas and Lily Smith, of Carlisle, Cumbria, England.

           

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Kate Tame for grave photographs, Ross Mcneill - 'Coastal Command Losses’, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


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Acknowledgements
Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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