An early Australian aviator, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (9/2/1887 – 8/11/1935), known by his nickname “Smithy” made the first non-stop flight crossing of the Australian mainland, the first Trans-pacific flight from the U.S.A to Australia, the first flights between and Australia and New Zealand and set a record for a flight from Australia to England at 10 and a half days.
He also notably fought in World War One as a pilot over France, taking down four enemy planes in his first month and being part of many bombing raids that destroyed enemy bases
Kingsford-Smith flew the iconic Australian aeroplane, “The Southern Cross”, a Fokker F.VIIb/3m trimotor monoplane, the plane is now stored in a memorial near the Brisbane airport in Queensland.
Sir Kingsford-Smith and Co-pilot, Tommy Pethybridge, were attempting to fly from England to Australia in 1935 when they mysteriously disappeared. The pair were flying the plane “Lady Southern Cross” from India to Singapore, attempting to break the speed record, when they disappeared over the Andaman Sea on November 8th 1935.
Their bodies were never recovered.
There has been much speculation as to what happened, and where they lay, but few answers...
© Allen Tiller – Eidolon Paranormal 2013