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15.11.1943 No. 11 E.F.T.S. Fairchild Cornell Mk. II 15263 P/O. Leslie S. Smoker

Operation: Training flight

Date: 15th November 1943

Unit: 11 EFTS RCAF

Type: Fairchild Cornell Mk. II

Serial: 15263

Base: Cap de la Madeleine, Quebec. Canada

Location: 2 miles north of St. Louis de Champlain, St Loire, Quebec

Pilot: P/O. Leslie Saunders Smoker J/25882 RCAF Age 21. Killed

Pilot 2: Sgt. Jerry Eaton Brooks R/50700 RCAF Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Training flight with 11 EFTS crashed 2 miles north of St. Louis de Champlain, St Loire, Quebec. Further information sought. 

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Fairchild Cornell Mk. II. Insert: P/O. Leslie Saunders Smoker (Fred Paradie)

        

Left: Burnaby (Ocean View) Burial Park. Right: Victoria (Royal Oak) Burial Park (courtesy Ann Gordon)

Burial details:

P/O. Leslie Saunders Smoker. Burnaby (Ocean View) Burial Park. Heather Sec. Plot 295. Grave 3. Son of Ernest and Gertrude R. Smoker, of Vancouver, Canada.

Sgt. Jerry Eaton Brooks. Victoria (Royal Oak) Burial Park Sec. B. Plot 36. Grave 8. Son of Ralph Wentworth Brooks and Hattie Craig Brooks, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Dedicated to relatives of the crew. Information supplied by Fred Paradie of the 'Paradie Archives'. Additional details Les Allison and Harry Hayward - 'They Shall Grow Not Old', CWGC.

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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