Service Details
Name:
GOLDSMITH
Given Name:
CLAUDE WALLER
Initials:
C W
Service No:
72152
Trade:
Pilot
Rank:
Flying Officer
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Regiment:
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
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Unit:
603 Sqdn.
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Date of Death:
1940-10-28
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Age:
23
Cause of Death:
Died of injuries, shot down by Me109's south of Maidstone on 27th October 1940. His Spitfire, P7439, crashed near Waltham, between Ashford and Canterbury. He died of his injuries next day.
Additional
Information:
Son of Dr. Arthur Waller Goldsmith and of Nora V. Goldsmith (nee Stanton), of Southbroom, Natal, South Africa; nephew of C. Betty Farrer, of Wimbledon Common, Surrey. "One of the few" Battle of Britain pilot. From Dersley in the Transvaal, South Africa was educated in England at Cheltenham College and Imperial College, London where he studied Mining at the School of Mines. He was a member of the London University Air Squadron in 1936 and commissioned in the RAFVR in March 1938. Called to full-time service on 10th October 1939, Goldsmith was serving with 603 Squadron at Dyce in early July 1940 before being posted to 54 Squadron at Hornchurch on 3rd September. He rejoined 603 there on the 28th.
Commemoration
Country:
United Kingdom
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Locality:
Essex
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Cemetery:
HORNCHURCH CEMETERY
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Grave Reference:
Sec. A. Grave 1340.

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