28.05.1940 No. 65 Squadron Spitfire Ia P9435 YT-K P/O. Smart
Operation: Operation Dynamo (patrol Calais-Dunkerque)
Date: 28th May 1940 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 65 Squadron
Type: Spitfire MkIA
Base: RAF Hornchurch
Location: Beach, Dunkirk, France
Pilot: P/O. Thomas Smart 40324 RAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Forced-landed on beach outside Dunkirk glycol tank damaged by return fire from Do17s of III./KG77 10.00 hrs. P/O. Smart unhurt. Aircraft fired by pilot and escaped by sea back to England on the same day.
Note: He was later killed in Spitfire EP716 whilst commanding 229 Squadron in Malta on the 12th April 1943
Sq/Ldr. Thomas Smart DFC Bar. Malta Memorial Panel 6. Column 1. From Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist?
Researched Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - May 2017. With thanks to John Ferros for photo of the pilot, others the collection of Michel Beckers.