Smith, William James Reuben


War Service:
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) WILLIAM JAMES REUBEN SMITH, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, was killed in action on 27 March 1944 while serving with 78 Squadron.
His Halifax EY-J took off from RAF Breighton in Yorkshire at 2032 on 26 March to bomb Essen and was shot down by a nightfighter over Belgium.

All the crew are buried in Hotton War Cemetery in Luxembourg. He was 32. the oldest man in the crew, whose average age was 22.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the Sydenham South Suburban Gas Works war memorial. There is a memorial the men of 78 Squadron killed while flying from RAF Breighton in All Saints’ church, Bubwith.

He was the son of William and Charlotte Smith and husband of Lillian Mary Smith, of Bromley.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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