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Keith Emmett Smith

Portrait, Flight Sergeant Keith Emmett Smith - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Flight Sergeant Keith Emmett Smith - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Keith Emmett AWMM
  • Surname
    Smith AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ425179 AWMM
    • WWII 425179 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 July 1923 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Clerical Cadet/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Keith Smith was the son of Robert Emmett Smith and Gertrude Smith, of Whakatane

    Embarked in 1942 for training in Canada, then embarked for England 22 October 1943

    No 3 Bombing & Gunnery School Macdonald on 23 August 1943 where he was awarded his air gunners badge

    1943 operational training on the Wellington bomber

    He was promoted to Flight Sergeant on 1 April 1944.

    Names of original crew members, New Zealanders Gerald Brian Roche (NZ413219); Horace Callow (NZ427185); W.E. McGee (NZ427902);Keith Emmett Smith (NZ425179) and the remainder H. Dowding ; J.P. Barson (1324529); Joseph Armstrong (1684332) all listed in Fisher manuscript

    Final Mission: 21/21 July 1944 Lancaster I Target - Homberg, Germany – Oil Refinery

    He was shot and killed as he was parachuting down

    A memorial to the five crew who lost their lives on the night of 21 July 1944 was dedicated on 13 November 2003

    A brief account of military service and detailed account of the fatal crash is found in the Manuscript prepared by N Fisher. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    21 July 1944 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    The Netherlands (Holland)Europe AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands AWMM 12. J. 5. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Vol. 2 p. 253, Vol. 3 p. 444 AWMM
    • Fisher, N. (2007). Unpublished manuscript: In memory of Flying Officer Horace Callow and the crew of RAF 75 (NZ) Squadron Lancaster Bomber ME752 AA-Z lost in Action 21 July 1944. AWMM
      Papers available in Armoury Cenotaph file. AWMM
    • Dominion Post AWMM
      Lambert, M. (2003, 15 November). [Dedication ...]. AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM

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