In Memory of
ERIC STANLEY SMITH
H.M.S. Ukussa, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
who died on
Monday 10th June 1946.
Resident of Summer Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey, England. Pilot with No. 812 R.N. Squadron. On final approach to ship (HMS. Vengeance) in Firefly FR.1 crashed into sea and was unable to be recovered. Aircraft details unknown. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Casualty No. 2975288. Memorial photo below. (Enlarged)
|Cemetery:||LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL, Hampshire, United Kingdom.|
|Grave Reference/Panel Number:||Bay 6, Panel 6.|
|Location:||This Memorial will be found on the main sea front, sited on Marine Parade West, approximately half a mile west of the town centre.|
|Historical Information:||The principal base of the Fleet Air Arm, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, was chosen as the site for the Memorial to the men of that service who died during the Second World War and who have no known grave. The Memorial consists of a rectangular column of Portland stone bearing the inscription: THESE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE FLEET AIR ARM DIED IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY AND HAVE NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA. 1939-1945. To each side of this central memorial stone is a wall bearing three recessed panels of Westmorland slate, on which are carved almost 2,000 names.|
Inscription: 'These Officers and Men of the Fleet Air Arm died in the Service of their Country and have no grave but the sea 1939 - 1945'