Name:Service No:Rank:Service:Date of Birth:Place of Birth:Date of Enlistment:Age at Enlistment:Place of Enlistment:Trade:Religion:Marital Status:Next of Kin:Date of Death:Age at Death;Cemetery:Additional Information:
Smith, Ray BrantonJ/15451Pilot Officer106 RAF Squadron, Royal Canadian Air ForceFebruary 6, 1920Harmony Mills, Queen's Co., NS. June 6, 194020Sudbury, OntarioMine Worker (Hollinger Gold Mine, Timmins, Ontario)BaptistSingleRhoda Maude Smith (Mother) Harmony Mills, NSJuly 26, 194222Coningsby Cemetery, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom Row 65. Grave 1293Commemorated on Page 115 of the Second World War Book of RemembranceDisplayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 11 Pilot Officer Smith was the son of James Henry and Rhoda Maude Smith, of Harmony Mills, Queen's Co., NS. He lived in Nova Scotia until the age of 17 and then in Ontario until his enlistment. He first applied to the RCAF on January 19, 1940 and re-applied in June 1940. Completing initial air training in Canada he proceeded overseas to England in February, 1941. He served with 16 Operational Training Unit and was assigned to 106 RAF Squadron on December 20, 1941.On the night of July 25, 1942, Pilot Officer Smith was the air bomber on the Lancaster I R5683 aircraft that departed RAF Station Coningsby for an operational flight over Germany. As the aircraft approached the English coast it exploded in mid-air and crashed minutes later on mudflats at Butterwick, four miles East-north-east of Boston, Lincolnshire. The crew of seven were all killed.The funeral for F/Sgt G.Appleyard DFM, Sgt R.L.Beaddie , F/Sgt M.Darvill DFM, Sgt J.W.Grimwade, Sgt L.W.Young, Sgt J.D.Davie and Smith was held on July 29, 1942, from RAF Station Coningsby.