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Request for information – Smith crew, 9th July 1942 – Wilhelmshaven

Many thanks to Reg for contacting me from Holland regarding the Smith crew, who were all killed on the 9th July 1942 on a trip to Willemshaven. Reg is investigating all crashes that are related to the  island of Rottumeroog, where P/O Trevor Smith was found and buried, before being re-interred in Oldebroek cemetery.

Reg is also interested in the mention of a logbook of a ‘G. Young’ that is held at Wigram – though he is not sure that it is the same airman that died with the rest of the Smith crew – perhaps somebody in New Zealand might be able to shed some light on this question ?

I have put together an Op history for the crew. I must confess, I am not that familiar with flight practice in the Squadron pre 1943, however, from the information I have gathered on Trevor and his crew, I deduce a far more prolonged role as 2nd Pilot, a final Op with the Squadron Leader and his crew and then an aircraft of his own with a new crew.

P/O. Smith, T.H. NZ41959 Posted to this Unit from No. 11 O.T.U. w.e.f. 18.5.42. Auth’y: 91 Gp. Pgram. 91G/1706/26/11/P.4. dated 11.5.42.

30.5.42 Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Wellington Mk.III X3751 AA-P
P/O Jarman
P/O Smith 2nd Pilot
P/O Taylor
Sgt. Fernie
Sgt. Davey
P/O Chunn

1.6.42. Attack Against targets at Essen
Wellington Mk.III X3751 AA-P
P/O Jarman
P/O Smith 2nd Pilot
P/O Taylor
Sgt. Fernie
Sgt. Davey
P/O Chunn

2.6.42. Attack Against Targets at Essen
Wellington Mk.III X3751 AA-P
P/O Jarman
P/O Smith 2nd Pilot
P/O Taylor
Sgt. Fernie
Sgt. Davey
P/O Chunn

5.6.42. Attack Against Targets at Essen
Wellington Mk.III X3714
P/O Smith T.H.   
S/L Denton 2nd Pilot
F/O Hodson
Sgt. Chambers
F/S Green
Sgt. Crankshaw

Up to this point, I am reasoning the individual listed in the previous Ops is Treveor Smith – the case is slightly confused by the fact there is another Pilot who is also Smith – I believe Rupert Smith – I assume to differentiate, Trevor’s initials are used, the only individual in the records at this point to be treated in this way. I assume, and through checking back that essentially Trevor was flying S/L Dentons a/c with his crew, prior to taking on a crew of his own

17.6.42. Mine Laying off the Frisian Islands (Cancelled)
Wellington Mk.III  X3760
P/O Smith
P/O Broun
P/O McKenzie
Sgt. Young
Sgt. Stewart
(crew has cancelled instead of up/ down time – hand written against them.)

19.6.42. Attack Against Targets at Emden
Wellington Mk.III Z1592?
P/O Smith
P/O Broun
P/O McKenzie
Sgt. Young
P/O Gavegan*
*replaces Stewart as rear gunner

20.6.42. Attack Against Targets at Emden
Wellington Mk.III X3540
Same Crew

22.6.42. Attack Against Targets at Emden
Wellington Mk.III X3540
Same crew

23.6.42. Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire (Gardening)
Wellington Mk.III X3714
Same crew

25.6.42. Attack on Targets at Bremen
Wellington Mk.III X3557
Same crew

29.6.42. Attack on Targets at Bremen
Wellington Mk.III X3557 AA-W
Same crew

2.7.42. Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Wellington Mk.III X3714
Same crew
P/O Donald Potts 2nd Pilot

7.7.42. Attack Against Targets at Frisian Islands (Gardening)
Wellington Mk.III X3714
Same crew

8.7.42. Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven
Wellington Mk.III X3557 AA-W
Aircraft Missing – All Crew Lost
P/O P/O Trevor Harry Smith RNZAF NZ41953. Pilot. Died age 24.
Buried Oldebrock General Cemetery Netherlands.

P/O Donald Norman Potts RNZAF NZ412267. 2nd Pilot. Died age 25.
Commemorated on Panel 116 Runnymede Memorial.

P/O Alan Stuart Broun RNZAF NZ405367. Navigator. Died age 32.
Commemorated on Panel 115 Runnymede Memorial.

Sgt. Frank Edwin McKenzie RNZAF NZ391085. Wireless Operator. Died age 22.
Commemorated on Panel 117 Runnymede Memorial.

Sgt. George Anthony Young RNZAF NZ405771. Front Gunner. Died age 21.
Buried Schiermonnikoog (Vredenhof) Cemetery Netherlands.

P/O Jack Ralph Gavegan RNZAF NZ402128. Rear Gunner. Died age 30.
Commemorated on Panel 116 Runnymede Memorial.