15.09.1940 No. 1 RCAF Hurricane I P3876 F/O. Smither
Date: 15th September 1940 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 1 squadron (RCAF)
Type: Hurricane MkI
Base: RAF Northolt
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Pilot: F/O. Ross Smither C/1594 RCAF Age 30. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Aircraft in combat with Bf-109’s, shot down while over Tunbridge Wells in Kent at 12:10 hrs. F/O Smither was killed.
During the same operation F/O. Arthur Deane Nesbitt C/1327 RCAF was also attacked, shot down but managed to bale out despite being wounded. He survived after treatment and rejoined his unit. Retired in November 1945 as a Group Captain. Passed away aged 68 on the 22nd February 1978 from injuries suffered in a skiing accident.
Later another Hurricane from the squadron was also hit. The pilot F/O. Arthur Mcleod Yuile C/1328 RCAF managed to nurse the damaged Hurricane L1973 back to base, despite a wound in his shoulder. The valuable aircraft was repaired and placed back into service.
Note: F/O. Smither’s brother, 21 year old, P/O. Sydney Frank Smither J/7825 RCAF also lost his life whilst with 401 Squadron.
On this day during the final days of the Battle of Britain some 15 aircrew were killed, 1 taken PoW, 27 valuable aircraft lost.
F/O. Ross Smither. Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 3.H.1. Born on the 12th November 1912, the son of Frank and Susan Smither of Rathgan Street, London, Ontario, Canada.
Researched by Michel Beckers with thanks to Michel Smither for photographs, plaque photograph from the collection of Michel Beckers.