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Flight Sergeant Pierre Clemence Louis Smoolenaers was a Belgian airman of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who was killed during the Second World War.

He was born the son of Louis and Maria Smoolenaers, of Deurne-Noord, Antwerp, Belgium.

Smoolenaers, serving as a pilot in 143 Squadron, died on 11 January 1945 while contributing to the escort of Bristol Beaufighters engaged on an anti-shipping raid against Flekkefjord. His de Havilland Mosquito (PZ190) was presumed to have crashed into the sea after an engagement with intercepting German aircraft off the Norwegian coast. Efforts were undertaken to ascertain the fate of the Mosquito, resulting in the loss of a Vickers Warwick but the crash site was not established.[1]

He and his navigator/bombardier, Flight Sergeant Waverley Harris of the Royal Australian Air Force, have no known grave and are commemorated by the Runnymede Memorial.

NotesEdit

  1. Storr, Alan (2006), RAAF Personnel Serving on Attachment in Royal Air Force Squadrons and Support Units in World War 2 and Missing with No Known Grave, p. 338, awm.gov.au. Retrieved 8 August 2013.

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