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    #21
    http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2011/s3378444.htm

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      The military funeral of Sgt W J Smith RAAF has been confirmed as 19 April 2012 at 11.30am in Cassel.

      In attendance will be many members of his family from Australia, including his younger brother Bert.
      Last edited by Tangmere1940; 29th November 2012, 17:42.

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      • Propstrike
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        #23
        I hope that a Spitfire fly-past can be arranged.

        There won't be many more chances like this, and with the same generation in attendance.


        Edit- Make that a Hurricane !

        We seem to have two parallel threads running on this.
        Last edited by Propstrike; 20th February 2012, 19:34.

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          #24
          No. Two different stories, Propstrike.

          One Spitfire.

          One Hurricane.

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            #25
            The funeral with full military honours will be held at Cassel, France, on 19 April at 11.30 with family in attendance.

            I am pleased to confirm, Propstrike, that the BBMF will be sending a Spitfire for a flypast at the funeral ceremony.

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            • DCK
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              #26
              Fantastic work Andy
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              http://www.norwegianspitfire.no/
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              • PeterVerney
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                • May 2009
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                #27
                First class, congratulations Andy
                Man is not lost. Only temporarily uncertain of his position.

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                  #28
                  It will, I am sure, be a fitting tribute and appropriate end to an intriguing though sad story.

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                    #29
                    Thought I'd share this rather poignant photograph of Sgt William J Smith, RAAF, with his Spitfire, May 1942.

                    Sgt Smith will be buried with full military honours on Thursday 19 April 2012. The documentary about his discovery goes out on Discovery History on Friday 20 April at 10pm. (See thread: "War Digs With Harry Harris")

                    Also, this today in the Australian news:

                    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/a-...413-1wyz6.html
                    Last edited by Tangmere1940; 29th November 2012, 17:42.

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                    • spit1940
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                      #30
                      Will the april 20 war digs program be the start of the series?

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                        #31
                        In a sense, yes.

                        See here:

                        http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?t=116101

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                        • bradleygolding
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                          • Nov 2005
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                          #32
                          Hi Andy,

                          That's a nice photo of him and his Spit. Any chance of a higher res version?

                          All the best

                          Steve.


                          Ps. If you are at the re-internment on Thursday I will say hello.
                          75-Stay alive, 76-Radio tricks, 77-Going to Heaven.

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                            #33
                            Steve

                            Yes, I will be there on Thursday with the team.

                            Send me a PM and I will set things up for the photograph.

                            Andy

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                              #34
                              The funeral of Sgt Smith RAAF will be on Thursday.

                              The story has currently hit the UK press:

                              http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012...cond-world-war

                              Documentary on Discovery History, Friday 20 April.

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                              • BlueNoser352
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                                #35
                                Andy thank you for your efforts here !

                                Sir: As many have expressed their thanks & appreaction here...I just wanted to add my thanks for your professional efforts here. This young man now will recieve a proper military burial for his service. I know the family and many here are greatful for this.

                                BlueNoser352
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                                  #36
                                  Thank you, but it was a team effort and I feel any thanks and gratitude should rest with Sgt William James Smith, RAAF, who is no longer missing.

                                  More here:

                                  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...t-honours.html

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                                  • PanzerJohn
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                                    #37
                                    Pilot and his Spitfire found in France..

                                    Once again another hero will laid to rest, well done Andy.

                                    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...t-honours.html

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                                    • me109g4
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                                      #38
                                      Will the weather be good enough for the fly over on Thurs?

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                                        #39
                                        Not looking good, sadly.

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                                        • Moggy C
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                                          #40
                                          I hate flying the Channel in this sort of weather. Bad enough at the best of times single-engine, but forced down low to avoid an overcast the clouds and the water merge and you get no horizon at all. Mind you, your average Spitfire driver is a gazillion times more competent than I.

                                          Hope it goes well

                                          Moggy
                                          "What you must remember" Flip said "is that nine-tenths of Cattermole's charm lies beneath the surface." Many agreed.

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