SMITH Albert


Albert SMITH

Albert served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as a Flying Officer (Navigator) with 115 Squadron.  Albert died on 19th April 1944.

He is buried at QUEENSBURY CEMETERY. His headstone inscription reads:  ‘Love’s last gift, remembrance‘.

Albert’s Lancaster, LL867, was returning to RAF Witchford from a raid on the railway yards of Rouen. As the plane was preparing to land, she was attacked by an enemy plane and shot down at 03:48hrs with the loss of all eight crew members.

Albert was the only son of Joe and Maggie, they had married in May 1920 at Holy Trinity, Queensbury. Joe’s address is shown as Priestley Hill and Maggie’s as Low Fold, following their marriage they lived at 18 Low Fold.

The grave of Albert can be found as you enter the cemetery from the main gates, it is one of the first you walk by. His headstone was chosen by the family rather than the traditional CWGC headstone and is classed on the commissions records as a private memorial.