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 459 RAAF Squadron - Middle East


Warrant Officer Ross Smith


Service No. 410754


Date of Birth :     11 Aug 1921


Date Of Enlistment:      31 January 1942


Place Of Enlistment:      Melbourne, VIC


Date of Discharge:  12 September 1945


Rank :    Warrant Officer


Posting at Discharge:    459 Sqn ME


Died:   September 5, 2003


 


L-R : Back Row : Ross Smith & Reg Calvert

L-R: Front Row : Ray Mahoney & Ken Wiblin


Above information has been supplied by Ross Smith's niece - we are looking forward to hearing from her again with more information and hopefully more photos for his page.


Crew:


7 Feb 1944 - Ventura MkV FP547 'N'


Flying Officer : R.R. Corcoran, RAF

Flight Sergeant : J.G. Laughlin, RAAF

Flight Sergeant : R.A. Smith, RAAF

Flight Sergeant : W.E. Tee, RAAF


Crew:


16 Jan 1945 - Baltimore MkV FW480 'T'


Pilot Officer W.D. Calvert, RAAF

Pilot Officer K.J. Wiblin, RAAF

Warrant Officer R.K. Mahoney, RAAF

Warrant Officer R. Smith, RAAF

L-R: Ross Smith, Jack Simmonds & Jimmy Gee


(Jack Simmond's (459 Sqdn) daughter Linda Butcher wrote from England regarding the above photo)


"Jimmy Gee was from Manchester and he, dad and Ross were together at Hooton Park Radio school in Cheshire.  Dad was making plans for a reunion with him in Devon when he got a letter to say he had been killed just weeks before the end of the war in Europe.



Ross Smith was one of dad's great Aussie pals.  He stayed with my Gran and Grandad in London quite often and they were very fond of him.  I went to the house today and found lots of correspondence between dad and Ross.  He lived in Cowes, Vic.  His wife was Dorothy and he had four daughters and ten grandchildren."



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Ross SMITH