Smith, R.E.

Roll of Honour

LEUT (P) R.E. Smith was killed on 16 February 1951 whilst attempting to land his Fairey Firefly VX371 (816 Squadron) aboard HMAS Sydney. 

Smith is reported as having previously been a Lancaster captain with RAF 460 squadron.  Navy.gov.au reports that his aircraft crashed into the sea after his starboard wing entered funnel turbulence following a late wave-off.  The aircraft struck the island and fell overboard.  Observer PO Keith Bunning survived the accident.