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Australian Spitfire pilot is finally laid to rest

26 April 2011

27 year old Flight Lieutenant Henry Smith, nicknamed "Lacy", was flying a sortie to support allied ground forces trying to breakout of the Normandy beachhead when he was hit by anti-aircraft fire.  His Spitfire landed in the River Orne and Lacy drowned.  But in late 2010 the aircraft was spotted at low tide and recovered.  Now, 66 years after he was killed, Henry "Lacy" Smith has been laid to rest at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Ranville War Cemetery.