Memorial Plaque & Tree to Sgt A.J. Smith RAF, killed 22/10/43

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Reference WMO/264733


Hedge End Cemetery

Albert Road

Hedge End


LATITUDE: 50.90660915257735 LONGITUDE: -1.310270618585264


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Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Memorial Plaque in local cemetery remembers Sgt A.J. Smith killed in a flying accident 22/10/43 He was an Air Gunner on 1657 HCU Stirling EF352 XT-U that had departed Stradishall, at 1745 for a long-range night NAVEX. With an extended training crew of Pilot, Flight Engineer, 3 Navigators, Bomb Aimer, Wireless Operator and 2 Air Gunners all was well until for unknown reasons the aircraft flew into the ground at Rosemaund Farm, Preston Wynne, Herefordshire. All the crew were killed. All bar one of this crew had survived a serious accident just 19 days previously at Earls Colne. Stirling W6383 of 1657 HCU attempted to take off at 2120, when it developed a swing, left the runway and the undercarriage subsequently collapsed, completely wrecking the aircraft A memorial plaque to this crew also exists in Holy Trinity Church, Preston Wynne, Herefordshire
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