Graveyard / Begraafplaats: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery
Location / Locatie: EE grave 102
Militairy Service / Krijgsdienst: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Regiment: 199 Sqdn.
Number / Nummer: 1603576
Age / Leeftijd: 27
Date of death / Overlijdensdatum: 31/08/1943
Place of death / Overlijdensplaats: Nederweert-Eind
Son of John Thomas Smith and Catherine Smith; Husband of Ellen Louisa May Smith from Virley; Essex.
On August 31, 1943 at 03:56 crashed near Schoorhoven in Nederweert-Eind (Limburg). This was originally a forest, now an open field. At the crash exploded many phosphorus bombs which leads us to suspect that they were still on the journey to Germany.
Departed from Lakenheath airfield at 00:40 for an attack on Monchengladbach and Rheydt.
Total volume of this attack were: 660 aircraft, 297 Lancasters, 185 Halifaxes, 107 Stirling, 57 Wellingtons and 14 Mosquitos.
A total of 25 aircraft were lost during this attack, 8 Halifaxes, 7 Lancasters, 6 Stirlings and 4 Wellingtons.
During the attack on Monchengladbach were 1059 buildings completely destroyed (171 industrial, 19 military and 869 houses). 117 people were killed in Monchengladbach.
During the attack on Rheydt 1280 buildings were completely destroyed, also a lot of damage was done to the track and the train station. 253 people died in Rheydt killed. During both attacks a total of 1252 people were injured.
The plane, a Short Stirling III, airborne was shot by NF Ofw. Bruno Eikmeyer the 2./NJG 1.
All 8 crew members died in the crash of the Avro Lancaster I.
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