Ray Alexander SMYTH

SMYTH , Ray Alexander

Service Number: 426186
Enlisted: 23 May 1942
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 461 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 29 September 1922
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: State Commercial High School, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Bricklayer
Died: Flying battle, Atlantic Ocean, 23 March 1944, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England. Panel 261. MEMORIAL ID:15263703
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Sergeant, 426186
23 May 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 426186
Date unknown: Involvement Flight Sergeant, 426186, No. 461 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by Marshall Sheehan

Crew member of Sunderland  B of 461 Squadron commanded by F.H.Bunce attacked by nine German Ju 88 and forced to ditch into sea .All crew members escaped the aircraft and were present on a wing of the aircraft however five crew members including Ray Smyth were washed off the wing by heavy ocean swell and were unable to board life rafts and drowned