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Albert Alexander Smith

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant Albert Alexander Smith

May 16, 1942

Sea south of Samsø, Denmark

Military Service


Service Number:

R/73007

Age:

25

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

408 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of H. Alexander Smith and Hattie J. Smith, of Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Commemorated on Page 115 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 106.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometres by road west of London. The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:
IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Group Photo– L-R James Romas, Dick Gordon and Albert. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Albert Alexander Smith– Too soon gone from us.
  • Group Photo– Albert Smith right and Howard Copeman left on leave in London 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me.
  • Runnymede Memorial– Excerpt of story courtesy Air War Over Denmark www.flensted.eu.com

Hampden I AD803 of 408 Sqn T/O 22:35 Balderton. OP: Gardening Pumkin (Samsø Belt)
After mining area, AD803 headed west together with one more Hampden.  South west of Samsø the German mine sweeper 190J was spotted and attacked with 250 pounds bombs, of which each aircraft carried two under the wings. 
One of the bombs hit the mine sweeper on the front deck but bounced off without exploding. 
Flak from the mine sweeper hit AD803 and at approx. 02:00 it crashed burning into the sea. It floated for a while, and this allowed Pilot Sgt H.J.Copeman to get out of the wreck.  Badly injured he was picked up from the sea by the mine sweeper and taken to Aarhus¿Eventually he was sent to Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug and in September 1944 he was repatriated back to England  due to his wounds. 
The dead body of Wop/Air Gnr. Sgt William Francis Millerd drifted ashore near Odder and was laid to rest in Aarhus Vestre Cemetery on 15/9-1942. . 
Wop/Air Gnr. Sgt Norman William Smith RAF was found in the sea off Koldby Kaas.

Observer F/S Albert Alexander Smith RCAF has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 106 on the Runnymede Memorial.
  • Memorial– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Albert Alexander Smith is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Albert Alexander Smith is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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