Sergeant Peter Tristan Smith (1290933) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War. He was the son of Leonard Francis Smith and Lilian Elizabeth Smith of Bangor, Co. Down.
Smith died on 21st April 1943 aged 21 years old. He was the Navigator on Avro Lancaster W4795 when it took off from RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire on a night time operation at 2127hrs on 20th April 1943. The Mark I RAF 61 Squadron bomber came down near “Renik Airfield” at around 0230hrs on 21st April 1943.
Remembering the crew of Lancaster W4795
|Last Name||First Name||Rank||Role||Information|
|Burgoine||Michael Charles||Sergeant||Air Gunner||RAFVR 1613718|
|Grist||Thomas Charles James||Flight Sergeant||Wireless Operator||RAFVR 1375739|
|Jackson||William John||Sergeant||RAFVR 651866|
|McNeill||Joseph Francis||Sergeant||Air Gunner||RAFVR 1550627|
|Rossignol||James Louis||Pilot Officer||Pilot||RCAF J/16747|
|Smith||Peter Tristan||Sergeant||Navigator||RAFVR 1290933|
Peter Tristan Smith’s grave is in Section 2, Row L, Plot 19 of the 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany. His headstone bears the inscription:
Into thy hands, O Lord, I come. Earth’s struggle is o’er. The battle is won.