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Smith, JAMES

Aircraft Information
Aircraft Halifax
Serial Number JD112
Markings DY-H
Memorial information
Burial/Memorial Country Netherlands
Burial/Memorial Place Bergen General Cemetery
Grave Reference Plot 2. Row E. Grave 23.
Miscellaneous information
This crew had ditched on returning from Bochum just two nights earlier
Fellow Servicemen
IBCC Memorial Information
Phase 2
Panel Number 244
Enlistment information
Service Number 1094915
Service Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Group 4
Squadron 102 (Ceylon)
Trade Air Gunner
Country of origin if different
Last Operation information
Start Date 23-May-1943
End Date 24-May-1943
Takeoff Station Pocklington
Day/Night raid Night
Operation Dortmund. 826 aircraft- the largest since the 1000 bomber raids. 38 aircraft Lost (4.6%). PFF met with clear conditions and marked the target accurately, leading to a good raid. Much devastation was wreaked across large parts of the city. In particular the Hoesch steelworks were put out of action. 624 were killed. This was the last sizeable raid on Dortmund for exactly one year.
Reason for Loss Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed west of Enkhuizen, Holland