Stanley George SMITH


SMITH, Stanley George

Service Number: 45738
Enlisted: 16 September 1941
Last Rank: Aircraftman
Last Unit: RAAF Station Darwin
Born: Thrapston, England, 15 November 1913
Home Town: South Perth, South Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Ground Battle, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia , 19 February 1942, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Adelaide River War Cemetery
G.B.11., Adelaide River War Cemetery, Adelaide River, Northern Territory, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

19 Feb 1939: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 45738, RAAF Station Darwin, Australia's Front Line (incl Darwin Defenders)
16 Sep 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, SN 45738, RAAF Station Darwin
16 Sep 1941: Enlisted SN 45738

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

The sustained Japanese air-raid on Darwin on the 19th of February 1942 resulted in the following RAAF personnel from Station Headquarters Darwin being KIA -

Leading Aircraftman Leonard Arthur Barton 18368 - Son of Arthur John and Sophia May Barton; husband of Majorie Barton of Rainbow, Victoria

Leading Aircraftman Phillips Stonham Latham 32932 - Son of Leslie Frederic and Gladys Caroline Latham of Baan Baa, NSW

Aircraftman 1st Class Francis Neaylon 20361 - Son of Joseph Patrick and Olive Myra Neaylon of Woollahra, NSW

Leading Aircraftman Albert Victor Leske Schulz 28222 - Son of Nathanael Reginald Robert and Anna Louise Schulz of South Hummocks, SA

Corporal Robert Frederick Simons 26040 - Son of Frederick Quartermain Simons and Mabel Bessie Simons of Allenby Gardens, SA

Aircraftman 1st Class Stanley George Smith 45738 - Son of Septimus and Eleanor Smith of South Perth, WA

Wing Commander Archibald Robert Tindal 76 of Headquarters North Western Area - Son of Archibald Arthur and Hilda Dorothy Tindal of Armidale, NSW

WGCDR Tindal was hit by cannon fire while manning an AA machine-gun.  Possibly the first casualty on Australian soil from enemy air attack.