Vernon Smith was born in 1924 in Canterbury, Kent, the son of George and Flo, and the sixth of eleven boys. He became a rear gunner on Flash McCollah’s crew in 7 Squadron.
The crew from L-R in the photograph are:
Eric Wilkin, MU/G
Harold ‘Lucky’ Hudson, Navigator
‘Flash’ McCollah, Skipper
Gordon Graham, Radar Nav
Vernon Smith, Rear Gunner
Sid Moors, Flight Engineer
After the war, Vernon belonged to the Air Gunners Association, which had the fabulous motto: VIGILANTIA ET VIRTUTE. The Association’s badge of a bullet with wings is a gem.
Photographs and information courtesy of Lorraine Brown.