Personnel Index - Detail

Name
SMITH
First Names
Edgar
Rank
Sgt
Service
RAF
Service Number
1684698
Crew Position
Flight Engineer
Posting Details
Posted in 12/43

 

Flew 26 operations with 49Sqn.

The crew were virtually unchanged for their tour (a number of different navigators)



A portrait of Edgar taken at Blackpool during initial training.



Crew IDs are being worked upon......the red circles indicate groundcrew.......click the image or this link for a larger version (in a new window)

These photographs show a crew with four officers so, with the two styles of officer uniforms, the line-up could possibly be........

Lt J F Stevens (Pilot)
Sgt L Pysden (RG)
Sgt E Smith (FE)
F/O J T Smeaton (WOp)
F/L A V Patchett (Nav)
F/O K S Stokoe (BA)
F/Sgt W A Wankling (MuG)

The Lancaster is ME675 (EA-R)..........she failed to return from Wesseling 21/22 June 1944 her 35th trip.



The crew, in a more formal pose, taken during the Base Commanders formal inspection.
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A close up of the inspection
Lt Stevens and the inspecting officer with, from L to R: Sgt Wankling, F/O Smeaton, F/O Stokoe, F/Sgt L Pysden and Sgt Smith.
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The above images are courtesy of Martin Gledhill

F/Sgt Smith was killed on 30th August 1944 and is buried in the Halifax Stoney Royd Cemetery in Yorkshire.
 



Extract is from Bill Chorley's Bomber Command Losses