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« on: April 21, 2018, 14:31:34 PM »

SMITH, PETER HAROLD
Rank:Sergeant
Service Number:407209
Date of Death:09/01/1942
Age:21
Regiment/Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Grave Reference:4. H. 17.
Cemetery:BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY
Additional Information:Son of Harold Ryan Smith and Kathleen Smith, of Glenelg, South Australia.


News (Adelaide)  Sat 17 Jan 1942

Death of S.A. Air Gunner

Sgt. Peter Harold Smith, 21, a wireless air-gunner of the R.A.A.F., who died in England on January 9 as a result of an aircraft accident, graduated for service under the Empire air training scheme at Canada. His mother, Mrs. K. Smith, of Rose street, Glenelg, has been advised of his death and of his burial at Brookwood Cemetery, Woking, Surrey, England, four days ago.

Educated at Sacred Heart College, Glenelg. Sgt. Smith enlisted in July, 1940, and left for Canada after his early training in Sydney.

In a letter home, he said that he celebrated his twenty-first birthday in a dense fog off Newfoundland, on his way to England from Canada.

He was employed as a clerk at Harris, Scarfe Ltd. when he enlisted. A keen baseballer, he went to Melbourne with one junior team, and was also fond of cricket.

Cpl. Paul Smith, of the A.I.F., is a brother. His father, the late Mr. H. R. Smith, served in the first A.I.F., and died three years ago.

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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2018, 14:32:57 PM »

Bomber Command Losses (1942).  Wellington S1312

"To this day, villagers can still recall with clarity those final minutes as the aircraft flew low over the Dorset countryside near Gillingham, the slipstream buffeting rooftops and in one case snuffing out the candle by the bedside of a young boy getting ready to celebrate his birthday. One lady rushed out to see the Wellington pass low overhead, the faces of the crew clearly visible in the early morning light. Moments later she heard a cracking sound, followed by a muffled explosion, as the bomber first clipped a line of high tension cables before smashing into a hillside on the outskirts of Fifehead Magdalen. Miraculously both pilots survived and one was soon found, dazed and bleeding by a local schoolmistress who took him to the local rectory for treatment. Later that same morning airmen from a nearby listening post helped to recover the bodies of those who died."


The four fatalities, all buried at Brookwood, were:

Sergeant Arthur Leslie Hewish

Sergeant Dudley George Taylor

Sergeant Peter Harold Smith

Sergeant Thomas Leslie Brown
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2018, 16:56:26 PM »

From the National Archives of Australia:

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