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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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65 Squadron Crest
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

Serial: P9435

Code: YT-K

Base: RAF Hornchurch

Location: Beach, Dunkirk, France

Pilot: P/O. Thomas Smart 40324 RAF Age 21. Killed


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

Burial details:

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.

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 and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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