LEST WE FORGET

Squadron Leader William Arthur Rushbrook SMITH

Service No: 282354
Born: 28 December 1916, Location Unavailable
Enlisted in the RAAF: Date Unavailable
Unit: No. 100 Squadron, Goodenough Island
Died: Ground Accident, Tadji, New Guinea, 24 June 1944, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Lae War Cemetery, PNG
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Sidney and Fanny Elizabeth Rushbrook Smith, of Adelaide, South Australia; husband of Sylvia Antoinette Ninon Smith, of East St. Kilda, Victoria. M.B., B.S.
Roll of Honour: Adelaide SA
Remembered: Panel 105, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

At about 0330 hours on 24 June 1944 Squadron Leader Smith, a Medical Officer, shot himself with a .38 revolver while he was in his tent.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9300, SMITH W A R

Bibliography:

Graham, B. (Burton) and Frank Smyth, A Nation Grew Wings: The Story of the RAAF Beaufort Squadrons in New Guinea, Winterset House Publishers Melbourne VIC, 1946
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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