SMYTH, JAMES WILLIAM

Birthdate
Birthplace
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Age
29
Parents
Son of William Thomas and Margaret Smyth of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Religion
United Church
Occupation
Clerk
Service number
R/80105
Engagement
1940-10-25, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Overseas
1941-08-15, United Kingdom
Date of death
1942-05-31
Died
Netherlands, Killed in Action
Force
Awards
Royal Canadian Air Force
Plot 4 | Row F | Grave 10
Military grave
Additional info

Awarded the Air Observer badge on July 8, 1941.

Assigned to the Royal Canadian Air Force, 142 R.A.F. Squadron on April 29, 1942.

Awarded the Operational Wings.

Reported missing on May 30, 1942 after air operations overseas.

Body washed ashore between De Haan and Bredene, Belgium.

Vickers Wellington Mk IV Z1209 claimed to be shot down by Oberleutnant Heinrich Alexander Ludwig Peter Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein III./NJG 2. The Wellington bomber crashed into the North Sea. German costal defence in Vlissingen, Netherlands reported a burning wreckage on the water at 1:16 hrs. This time matched with the claim of Wittgenstein. The entire crew was killed in action.
Luftwaffe Ace Wittgenstein was killed in action on January 21, 1944. After shooting down 4 Commonwealth bombers his Junker 88 Nachtjager's fuel tank exploded from a fire inside the left engine. Wittgenstein is buried at the German Military War Cemetery in Ysselsteyn, Netherlands.

Crew:
Pilot: Pilot Officer (J/7473) George Henry Chaffey, RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 100, United Kingdom. 

Observer: Flight Sergeant (R/80105) James William Smyth, RCAF - Adegem Canadian War Cemtery, Belgium. 

Bomb Aimer: Sergeant (1023590) George Samuel Watson - Adegem Canadian War Cemetery, Belgium.
 
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: Pilot Officer (J/15435) Joseph Morgan McAleavey RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 100, United Kingdom.
 
Air Gunner: Sergeant (1341681) Ian Currie MacKeand - Runnymede Memorial Panel 88, United Kingdom.

James William Smyth - Royal Canadian Air Force
James William Smyth

 

Wittgenstein
Oberleutnant Heinrich Sayn-Wittgenstein III./NJG 2