Service Details
Name:
SMITH
Given Name:
HAROLD FULFORD
Initials:
H F
Service No:
205691
Rank:
Lieutenant
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Regiment:
South African Air Force
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Unit:
1 Sqdn.
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Date of Death:
1943-03-25
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Date of Birth:
1917-11-26
Age:
25
Cause of Death:
Killed in action, when leading nine other Spitfires over the Mareth Line into 32 enemy machines, collided with a C202, in Supermarine Spitfire Mk VC #BR390
Additional
Information:
Born 26/11/1917. Educated at St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown. Feb. 1932-Dec. 1935. Espin. IV-VI, Prefect, J.C. '33, Mat. '35. With Wits. Univ., Mining B.Sc. '40. Lt. SAAF. Mentioned in the press (March) for sterling work against the Axis forces in Tunisia. Joined the SAAF within a day of obtaining his degree, subsequently passed second out of a school of 40 pupils on getting his wings. Posted to No. 1 Fighter Sqdn he operated in Libya till the withdrawl to Alamein, and afterwards was a Spitfire fighter pilot escort to Mr. Churchill in Egypt while on his way to Moscow, and again from Egypt to Tripolitania, where he was presented to Britain's Leader on landing at Castel Benito aerodrome. Out of five officers presented, Harold was the only one below the rank of Major.
Commemoration
Country:
Egypt
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Cemetery:
ALAMEIN MEMORIAL
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Grave Reference:
Column 278.

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