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Hello,

New to RAF research so please be gentle. I am trying to find out how one member of crew was killed whilst over France but the crew and aircraft returned safely after a raid on Stuttgart during the night of 12th September 1944. I assume from the ground. Is there anywhere I can search that will give this information without trying to circumnavigate the National Archives site? Thanks in advance

Brian



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Hi Brian,

Believe this to be Sgt Gordon Smart RAF (Air Bomber).  Killed position 48.39 N. 07.15E at 22.48 hrs.

Check out the links below.

 

http://www.156squadron.com/101Sqn/default.htm

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2701576/smart,-gordon/

 

Regards,

Mike



-- Edited by MikeH on Monday 2nd of April 2018 12:10:11 PM



-- Edited by MikeH on Monday 2nd of April 2018 12:14:07 PM

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Hi Brian,

Hopefully someone who has the ORBs for 101 Sqn for that date will be able to tell what is in the entry for that aircraft on that date which should tell you how and why Smart was killed if by either ground fire or a night fighter.

Regards,

 

John.



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Mike's quoted what's in the ORB.

But from the No. 14 Base ORB we have:

"101/C was damaged by heavy flak in the Karlsruhe area and the Bomb Aimer (Sgt. Smart) was killed. With commendable presence of mind, the flight engineer (Sgt Grantham-Hill) released the bomb load on Karlsruhe. The captain then brought his damaged aircraft safely back to base"

187819 P/O Roger Grantham-Hill was commissioned and awarded the DFC.

Regards,

Dave



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Hi Dave,

The online ORB link appears to have the aircraft as ND924 (assume Lancaster) but this must be incorrect?

ND924 was a 635 Sqn Lancaster lost 12/13 May 1944.

 

Regards,

Mike.



-- Edited by MikeH on Tuesday 3rd of April 2018 04:35:01 AM

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Hi Mike,

The ORB is full of mistakes like that. The right serial is NF924.

Regards,

Dave

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Hi Dave,

I thought this might be the case. I found this article remembering Gordon Smart, by John Ingram St Andrews College in Dublin.

Mike.

Gordon Smart.jpg

 



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Hi Brian,

I'm a bit late to the party.  Are you still looking for information about Sgt Gordon Smart?  I have researched him extensively.

Regards,

 

John



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