The World War II spitfire was discovered on the River Orne, near Caen, in northern France. It was shot down on June 11th, 1944. The plane was discovered last year in November. The spitfire was shipped to Australia. After extensive restoration it will be on display at the Point Cook’s RAAF Museum, in Victoria Australia.
It is believed Flight Lieutenant Smith 27 years old, died when his plane landed upside down in the river; it is thought he may have drowned while still strapped into the cockpit. He married six months prior to his death which was just 5 days after the D-Day landings.
Flight Lieutenant Henry ‘Lacy’ Smith was laid to rest in the Commonwealth War Graves in Ranville, Normandy, France in April. He was buried with full Military Honours.