Torrington General Hospital. RAF Hosptial St.Athan (01/01/45).
|Date of Injury:
|D.O.B/Age when admitted:
|Cause of Incident:
Crashed in a Wellington due to icing over Devon.
|Transferred to QVH:
Burns to face, hands, wrists and buttocks.
|No. of Operations at East Grinstead:
This is to certify that the patient mentioned below and whose description is stated hereon is the authorised holder of this Identity card.
|Age at Death:
Known as 'Jack'.
Ten minutes after take-off from RAF Chivenor, in the early hours of the morning, the starboard engine of Smith's Wellington malfunctioned. The plane was carrying a full load of fuel and depth charges for a nine hour anti-submarine patrol, and there was not time or opportunity to bail or drop the load. Smith aimed for an open field. Three crewmembers were killed in the ensuing crash; the remaining three severely injured. Smith was trapped in the cockpit when he regained consciousness, his clothes on fire, but he managed to escape the wreckage. The survivors made it to a nearby road, where they were taken to hospital by a passing motorist.
From the West Coast of Canada, retired to Florida. Lived in Naples, Florida for many years.