In memory of Stephen Fraser Smith and his fellow crew members of Wellington HF694Stephen Pemberton
Stephen Fraser Smith was a member of 142 Squadron Royal Air
Force whose aircraft crashed in 1943. This book is a tribute to
him and his crew whose ultimate sacrifice has not been officially
He is not just another person who died in the Second World War
He is not simply a statistic. A sportsman, he also loved music,
dramatics and beautiful scenery. He was a son, a brother and a
young Yorkshireman who volunteered his service to his country.
The book charts his early life, his service training, overseas
posting, operations and his death. The account utilises many
contemporary documents, contacts with the families of crew
members, and research at The National Archives.
From medals hanging in a grandmother’s bedroom, to an
extraordinary letter from a teacher, to a commemoration on a
wooded Italian hillside, this book is an account of a nephew’s
determination to honour an uncle.