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.
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.
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.
Personal details have been collected from official Service Records and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. Some of the additional information has been provided by War Diaries, Libera Me (G.E. Spittael), Polder Fighting (R.W. Catsburg), Veterans Affairs Canada, WW2 Talk, Aircrew Remembered and other sources. The commonwealth-adegem.com website is not responsible for incorrect information.
Everything has been collected and processed voluntarily by Michael van de Velde, Netherlands. Along the way I had great support from expert researchers and other volunteers. Thank you!