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* NOTE ON DATES: IMPORTANT: For consistency, the Date is given as the date the mission TOOK OFF since the precise time of a loss is not always certain. Take Off date is unambigous and fixed in the official records, but obviously in those cases where the incident occurred before midnight UK time, then the Take Off Date will be the same as the Incident Date. Of course, most Bomber Command missions flew through midnight, therefore a Luftwaffe claim against a plane - or a locally generated crash report - may record the incident as occurring on the day following our Take Off Date. Bear this in mind when cross-referencing to our Luftwaffe Victories by Name/Date Database and other Luftwaffe sources. In some cases other sources may quote the date following our date, using locally generated reports as their source. To add to the potential for confusion, remember to take into account a Luftwaffe recorded date will be in local time, 1 hour ahead of UK time. When we discover a validated Incident Date we change our record if necessary

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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring Database                        Notes                        Links/Archive Reports
1 SmeatonWilfred HubertSergeantNZ/4053311914New ZealanderObserverRNZAFBomber Command75 Sqd RNZAF
1942-05-22WellingtonIIIZ1566AA-KFeltwellTraining The a/c was on a night cross country flight when according the accident card they had flown into un-forecast bad weather and while trying to descend through the cloud to determine their position the a/c struck the ground near Grindon and broke up over a wide area with the front end of the a/c being the most broken up section. Of the parts found at the crash site that were identifiable most were from the cockpit area, they were spread across almost the entire field indicating the front end of the aircraft was completely destroyed as the a/c slid across the field. Killed Age 28Buxton Cemetery Grave 4179

The New Zealand personnel who were killed in the crash were all buried on the 28th May 1942 at Buxton Cemetery, the service was conducted by 28 Maintenance Unit, whose medical staff had also attended the crash site.

Son of Smith and Lucy Smeaton; husband of Heather Hinemoa Smeaton, of Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand
2 SmithJames ThomasSergeant1053959Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command102 Sqd (Ceylon)
1943-04-20HalifaxIIDT747DY-PRAF Pocklington, Yorkshire2120StettinSee archive report for further informationKilledEsbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery. Collective grave A.10.9 Read Archive Report
3 SmithWilfred JamesFlying OfficerJ2748926 Jan 1923CanadianNavigatorRCAFBomber Command100 Sqn
1944-07-28LancasterIIIPB172HW:WGrimsby21:31StuttgartSee Archive ReportKilledDurnbach War Cemetery, Plot 3. Row H. Grave 4

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4 Smith (Duncan-Smith)Wilfred George Gerald DuncanWng Cdr856841914-05-28 IndiaBritishPilotDSO & Bar

DFC & 2 Bars


RAFFighter Command611 Sqd

603 Sqd

64 Sqd

SpitfireMH884DS17 victories, 2 probables, 6 shared and 8 damaged.

With Bonzo, Italy 1943

Spitfire Mk IX MH884 coded DS, flown by RAF 324 Wing CO W/Cdr W D Smith, landing at Corsica. 324 Wing (43, 72, 93, 111 Sqns) was based at Calvi, and after Operation Dragoon ti was based at Ramatuelle, France (72 Sqd moved on 18 Aug, others on 20 Aug) and Lyon-Bron, France (25 Aug). They came to Italy (at Peretola) on 2 October 1944. 324 Wing was at Rivolto when war ended. Wilfred Duncan Smith was in command until March 1945. He was an ace credited with 17 victories, 2 probables, 6 shared and 8 damaged.

First RAF fighter pilots to land in southern France, 1944. On the right is W/C Duncan-Smith, commanding 244 Wing, third from right if Flt Lt Prince Emanuel Gazaltine, whose battle with the high altitude Ju 86 bomber in his modified Spitfire appears in THE DECISIVE DUEL.

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