NEW ZEALAND CASUALTY (75 Sqd RNZAF) Wellingtons. WW2 Group + Memorial Cross

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NEW ZEALAND WW2 AIRCREW CASUALTY
(75 Sqd RNZAF)
 Avro Wellingtons.
1939-45 Star, Aircrew Europe, Defence & War Medals, New Zealand Service Medal 1939-45.

NEW ZEALAND CASUALTY (75 Sqd RNZAF) Wellingtons. WW2 Group + Memorial Cross

Memorial Cross.
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NEW ZEALAND CASUALTY (75 Sqd RNZAF) Wellingtons. WW2 Group + Memorial Cross

To:
405331. Wilfred Hubert SMEATON  Flt/Sgt--P/O (Obs) 75th (R.A.F) Sqdn R.N.Z.A.F
Killed aged 28. on 21st May 1942.

P/O W. H. SMEATON was taking part in a night flying continuation training exercise from RAF Feltwell on the night of 21st May 1942 in Wellington Z.1566 (AA- ) when the sortie encounterd un-forecast bad weather. Navigation became difficult and the pilot elected to commence a visual let down through cloud. As is common, this is a dangerous undertaking and the aircraft struck the ground at Grindon Farm near Leek in Staffordshire. There was one survivor (Gunner, Sgt S.J. Chappell RNZAF) who was seriously injured in the tail section of the aircraft.  

 

NEW ZEALAND CASUALTY (75 Sqd RNZAF) Wellingtons. WW2 Group + Memorial Cross        

P/O W. H. SMEATON  was the son of Smith & Lucy husband of Heather Hinemoa Smeaton of Davenport, Auckland, N Z.

With copy of newspaper cutting showing the family of Sgt Chappell, the only survivor visiting the crash site.

 

NEW ZEALAND CASUALTY (75 Sqd RNZAF) Wellingtons. WW2 Group + Memorial Cross

 

 

Buried in Buxton Cemetery Derbyshire. UK. Grave 4179

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NEW ZEALAND CASUALTY (75 Sqd RNZAF) Wellingtons. WW2 Group + Memorial Cross

NEW ZEALAND CASUALTY (75 Sqd RNZAF) Wellingtons. WW2 Group + Memorial Cross
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NEW ZEALAND CASUALTY (75 Sqd RNZAF) Avro Wellingtons. 1939-45 Star, Aircrew Europe, Defence & War Medals, New Zealand Service Medal 1939-45. & Memorial Cross; To: 405331. Wilfred Hubert SMEATON Flt/Sgt--P/O (Obs) 75th (R.A.F) Sqdn R.N.Z.A.F age 28. Son of Smith & Lucy husband of Heather Hinemoa of Davenport Auckland N Z. Buried in Buxton Cemetery Derbyshire. UK. Grave 4179