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Ray Branton Smith
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Smith, Ray Branton J/15451 Pilot Officer 106 RAF Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force February 6, 1920 Harmony Mills, Queen's Co., NS. June 6, 1940 20 Sudbury, Ontario Mine Worker (Hollinger Gold Mine, Timmins, Ontario) Baptist Single Rhoda Maude Smith (Mother) Harmony Mills, NS July 26, 1942 22 Coningsby Cemetery, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom Row 65. Grave 1293 Commemorated on Page 115 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed 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.
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Remembering World War II Nova Scotia Casualties