Image from the Evening Star – 8th November 1941


Born: 1921, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Died: 13th October 1941; age: 20; aircraft lost over Norway.

Residence: Ipswich.


Rank: Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Service Number: 751851.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 220 Squadron.


Grave Reference:


Bergen (Mollendal) Church Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Only son of Sidney Howard & Louisa Agnes Swain, of Ipswich.


Father: Sidney Howard Swain, born December 1892, East Finchley, Middlesex. A herbalist.

Mother: Louisa Agnes Swain (nee Harrison (1st marriage Thompson)), born 1891, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Peter’s parents seperated. Sidney moved to Leicester, and Louisa stayed in Ipswich.


Peter was educated at Northgate School, Ipswich.


13th October 1941


Aircraft: Hudson MkV; serial number: AM636; code: NR-B. The aircraft took-off at 03:30hrs, from Wick, Scotland, on a patrol mission. The AM636 failed to return.


Paul Reuben Smith; Pilot Officer/Navigator/Bomb Aimer; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Aubrey John Kenneth Parratt; Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 20; R.A.F.

Anthony James Carey Simpson D.F.C.; Flight Lieutenant/Pilot; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.

Aubrey and Anthony were laid to rest at Trondheim (Stavne) Cemetery, Norway.

Paul’s body was never found. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.


Aircraft information courtesy of John Allan.


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