Robert Clark Wesley (Robbie) SMITH

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SMITH, Robert Clark Wesley

Service Number: 407258
Enlisted: 17 August 1940, Adelaide SA
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: Aircrew Training Units
Born: Perth, Western Australia, 19 November 1919
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Kings College, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Clerk, South Australia Department of Lands
Died: Aircraft accident, Ungarie, New South Wales, Australia, 11 February 1942, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Mitcham Cemetery, S.A.
Section E, Path 31, Grave 1162
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

17 Aug 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, SN 407258, Aircrew Training Units, Adelaide SA
18 Aug 1940: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 407258, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
5 Oct 1941: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, Aircrew Training Units, Promotion gazetted posthumously after death while posted as a staff pilot to 1 Air Observer School, Cootamundra, NSW

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of the Reverend John Wesley-Smith and Adeline Wesley-Smith of Christies Beach, SA

Loss of Avro Anson aircraft AW677 of 1 Air Observer School near Ungarie, NSW - All crew killed:

Pilot Officer Robert Clark Wesley-Smith (aka Smith, Robert Clark Wesley) 407258

Aircraftman Roy Eric Farnsworth 35439

Leading Aircraftman Arthur Didrick Kendall 414356

Leading Aircraftman John Alfred Spencer 413272

Leading Aircraftman Henry Heath Fisher 411764