Smith, Francis Owen (Flight Lieutenant)

Accession Number PR03253
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Log book
Maker Smith, Frank
Place made Australia: Queensland, Maryborough
Date made 1943
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Collection relating to the Second World war service of 422062 Flight Lieutenant Francis Owen Smith, 100 Squadron RAAF, 1943.

Wallet 1 of 1 - Collection comprises Flight Lieutenant (FL) Smith's flying log book for 1943 while a wireless operator flying Beauforts. FL Smith recorded information on aircraft type and number, pilot, duty flying times and remarks. He also made reference to bombing a K12 submarine, September 1943, low-level bombing and stafing and exercise formations.

History / Summary

Flight Lieutenant Francis Owen Smith was killed in New Guinea, 13 March 1945, while flying in a Beaufort, piloted by Flight Officer Fowler. Fowler's name appears as the pilot for many of the flights recorded by Smith in his logbook. Smith's last entry on 12 March 1945, the day before his death, records "Strike canoes Brungowi, Sepik River bombed and strafed".