Mervyn Charles Bruce SMITH

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SMITH, Mervyn Charles Bruce

Service Number: 423098
Enlisted: 20 June 1942, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 32 Operational Training Unit (RCAF Patricia Bay)
Born: Uralla, New South Wales, 13 May 1923
Home Town: Bundarra, Uralla, New South Wales
Schooling: Uralla Public School
Occupation: Station hand/Grazier
Died: Accidental (training air crash), Canada, 16 October 1943, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lost Airmen of the Empire, Patricia Bay, Canada, Ottawa Memorial, Ontario, Canada
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World War 2 Service

20 Jun 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 423098, Sydney, New South Wales
16 Oct 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 423098, 32 Operational Training Unit (RCAF Patricia Bay), Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Hampden AN132 flew into hill near Maggie Lake, 7 miles NE of Ucluelet while on a night navigation exercise - (Information sourced by Doug Rollins)

"...the Hampden Bomber had a known design flaw - the twin rudders were too small and if the pilot tried to bank at slow speed it would “yaw”, slide sideways and often not recover." - Peter Brand

Other Crew members who perished in that accident;

21526 P/O Raymond Robert George PORTER (/explore/people/643728) - RAAF of Five Dock, New South Wales

1586682 Sgt. Peter Francis HORNBROOK - RAF of Virdin, Illinois

1318169 Sgt. Ronald Frank ALLCORN - RAF of Wickham, Kent

 

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