SMITH WP
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SMITH, WILLIAM

Aircraft Information
Aircraft Lancaster
Serial Number ED599
Markings GT-
Memorial information
Burial/Memorial Country
Burial/Memorial Place Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery
Grave Reference Plot 13. Row 8. Grave 150.
Miscellaneous information
Fellow Servicemen
BEMBRIDGE JW (F/S)
CRAWLEY JSF (F/S)
DUCHENE EA (Sgt)
GORDON WH (Sgt)
GROVE EG (F/O)
WINTERBON JT (F/S)
IBCC Memorial Information
Phase 2
Panel Number 244
Enlistment information
Service Number 936175
Service Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Group 8
Squadron 156
Trade Air Gunner
Country of origin if different
Last Operation information
Start Date 22-Jun-1943
End Date 23-Jun-1943
Takeoff Station Warboys
Day/Night raid N
Type of Operation
Operation Details Mźlheim. 557 aircraft, 35 losses (6.3%) A thin layer of cloud hampered PFF marking efforts which were, nevertheless accurate (as detailed by the German report on the raid). As a result the bombing was concentrated and devastated this small town. All communications were cut off from Oberhausen, on which Mźlheim was dependent for emergency services. 578 deaths and 1135 homes destroyed. A post war British report put the damage at 64% of the town.
Reason for Loss Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed near Maarn, SSW of Amersfoort, Holland