James Arthur SMITH DFC

SMITH, James Arthur

Service Numbers: O22022, 413909
Enlisted: 13 September 1941
Last Rank: Wing Commander
Last Unit: No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia, 4 November 1922
Home Town: Chatswood, Willoughby, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Natural causes, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia , 3 August 1982, aged 59 years
Cemetery: Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, NSW
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World War 2 Service

13 Sep 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, 413909
13 Sep 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Wing Commander, O22022, No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)
8 May 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, 413909, No. 608 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
30 Jun 1967: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Wing Commander, O22022, No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)
Date unknown: Involvement Flying Officer, O22022

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Flying Officer James Arthur Smith (pilot) 413909 (O22022) RAAF was one of three crew members able to bale out of 9SQN RAF Bomber Command Lancaster LM361 when it was shot down near Paris while attacking the railway marshalling yards at Juvisy on 19 April 1944

Flying Officer Smith and Sergeant Charles Martin 1315761 RAF evaded capture and made their way back to England through a neutral country.  Flying Officer Kevin William Light DFM 402447 RAAF was captured and become a Prisoner of War of the Germans

Killed were Flight Sergeant Dudley Clive Bates 426426 RAAF / Sergeant Ronald Wilson RAF 1676659 / Flight Sergeant Dennis Elvet Moss RAF 1578638 / Sergeant Frank Heath RAF 1337216 and all four men are buried side-by-side in the Commonwealth War Graves section of Clichy North Cemetery in north-west Paris


10 Oct 1944 - 608SQN RAF Mosquito KB404 - Target Koln - port engine failed at 100 feet shortly after take-off and exercising considerable skill Flying Officer Smith RAAF force-landed in a field, both crew members emerged unscathed (Sergeant John Burchell RAF 508278)


Biography contributed by David Barlow

James Arthur Smith late of Neutral Bay, formerly of Wahroonga, died on the 3rd of August 1982 - Death Notice in the Sydney Morning Herald

Discharged from the RAAF as a Wing Commander in June 1967 while appointed as the Commanding Officer of Number 11 Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond - post WW2 service number O22022

11SQN was operating the Neptune maritime reconnaissance aircraft with the last flight of that type in late 1967 - after that the squadron moved to RAAF Base Edinburgh to operate Orion aircraft