Spitfire pilot Henry Lacy Smith: his story

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The latest issue of Flightpath (a quarterly magazine from the Yaffa stable) just came across my desk. It looks like editor Rob Fox has put together a terrific issue including reports of the Battle of Britain celebrations and a roundup of Airshows (international).

Delving deeper into the magazine, I came across the story ‘Recovering Lacy Smith and his Spitfire’, which includes some great photos of the recovery operation.

You’ll find this magazine on the newsstand now.


And then, of course, I remembered a book that is sitting on my review shelf:

On Laughter-Silvered Wings: A Biography of Henry Lacy Smith
By Alf Batchelder
ISBN: 9781925062120
Price: $18.00 in paperback
Published by the Air Power Development Centre – http://www.airforce.gov.au/airpower

Flight Lieutenant Henry Lacy Smith is an Australian World War II fighter pilot whose remains were discovered, still in his Mk. IX Spitfire, in the Orne Estuary in Normandy in 2010.

With the help of surviving relatives, Alf Batchelder has pieced together this young man’s life that ended prematurely in Normandy. The book includes some wonderfully evocative photos from his wartime life.

On 19 April 2011, Flight Lieutenant Smith was laid to rest in Ranville War Cemetery, Normandy. The wreck of his Spitfire is undergoing conservation for eventual display at the RAAF Museum, Point Cook.

One comment

  1. Hi
    I hope somebody reads this. My family are really interested in Henry’s story. My great grandfather, was Henry’s Uncle. I think my great grandfather possibly emigrated to Australia with his brother, Henry’s father.
    I’m trying to trace potential relatives

    Hope you can help
    Regards, Lorna


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