Born: 1917, Ipswich.
Died: 6th June 1943; age 25; Aircraft failed to return from a practice cross country flight.
Residence: 1, Wellesley Road, Ipswich.
Rank: Flight Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 646905.
Regiment: Royal Air Force, 30 Operational Training Unit.
Father: Charles Smith, born November 1891, Ipswich. A Carpenter & Joiner.
Mother: Grace Evelyn Smith (nee Buckingham), born April 1891, Nacton, Suffolk.
6th June 1943
Aircraft: Wellington III; serial number: BJ801. The aircraft took-off from R.A.F. Hixon, Staffordshire, on a practice cross country flight between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. over the North Sea. BJ801 was last heard at 11:42 a.m. when their position was given. The aircraft failed to return to base.
Eric Russell Swindells; Flight Sergeant/Pilot; age 23; R.C.A.F.
Robert Edward Gill; Sergeant/Air Bomber; age 19; R.A.F.V.R.
John Edward Plummer; Sergeant/Navigater; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.
Robert Eric Percival West; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.
Lorne Barrie Hewer (picture); Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 20; R.C.A.F.