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Arnold George Smith DFM ( R.A.F )

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davemed created the topic: Arnold George Smith DFM ( R.A.F )

Arnold was born in Liverpool. He joined the RAF on the outbreak of war and was posted in Novermber 1940 as a Sergeant. DFM Gazetted 21st November 1941. Between 4-8th April 1942 he was promoted to Flight Sergeant and on 20th February 1942 he was Posted Out To 106 Squadron. He flew many missions, mainly over Germany. On 1st August 1942 he took off on the flight that would sadly claim his life. Arnold first served in 49 Hampens and Manchester aircraft before going on to 106 Squadron.

Lancaster R5604 took off from RAF Coningsby at 0055 hours on the night of 31/1st August 1942, detailed to bomb Dusseldorf, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. R5604 was one of 21 aircraft from the Squadron on the mission and was carrying an 8000lb bomb. The first one to carry a 8000 bomb.

Crew :

RAF WO P E Merralls, DFC DFM Captain (Pilot)
RAAF 407711 Sgt H E Gaskell, (2nd Pilot)
RAF Sgt K J Cooper, (Observer)
RAF Flt Sgt A G Smith, DFM ( W/OP )
RAF Sgt E F Holme, (Wireless Air Gunner)
RAF Sgt B L Ellis-Buxton, (Air Gunner)
RAF Sgt L T Grimshaw, (Air Gunner)

The aircraft crashed at Lovenach, 9kms WNW of Cologne, Germany and all the crew were killed. Five of the crew are buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery, Locality Kiamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Rheinberg is 24kms north of Krefeld and 13kms south of Wesel. Flt Sgt Smith and Sgt Grimshaw have no known grave and their names are commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing, Runnymede, Surrey, UK.

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