SMALE, Sergeant John Leonard (R112604) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943. Born in Toronto, 1919; home there (clerk, former member of Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 26 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Commissioned November 1943. DFM and DFC presented by King George VI, 8 February 1944.

 

This airman has taken part in operational sorties against most of the heavily defended targets in Germany and the occupied countries including Nuremburg, Berlin, Hamburg, Kiel and Mannheim. He has always displayed exceptional determination and skill, often under most hazardous circumstances. In May 1943, he was detailed for an attack on Dortmund. Shortly after taking off, the rear turret became completely unserviceable but with great courage and devotion to duty this airman pressed on and completed his mission.

 

SMALE, F/O John Leonard, DFM (J85132) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945.

 

Throughout two tours of operations this officer has proved himself to be a cool and efficient pilot and captain of aircraft. He has completed many operational sorties against a wide range of heavily defended targets including Berlin, Cologne and Essen. By his cheerful courage, initiative and consistent devotion to duty Flying Officer Smale has set a splendid example to all in his squadron.

 

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SMALL, F/O Lawrence Vernon John (J27491) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1919 in Antelope, Saskatchewan; home there (farmer); enlisted in Regina, 12 February 1947. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned June 1943. DFC and Bar presented (date uncertain). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (148 hours 59 minutes), 22 May to 16 November 1944.

 

22 May 44 Le Mans (5.30) 1 Aug 44 L'Hey (3.05)

31 May 44 Cherbourg (5.15) 3 Aug 44 Nieppe (3.30)

10 Jun 44 Versailles (5.15) 27 Aug 44 Homberg (3.05)

16 Jun 44 Soutre Court (4.35) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.36)

21 Jun 44 Oisemont-au-Bois (4.40) 6 Sept 44 Emden (3.57)

24 Jun 44 Ronnetot (4.25) 12 Sep 44 Wanne Eickel (3.23)

25 Jun 44 Gorenflos (4.05) 21 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.23)


27 Jun 44 Wizernes (3.45) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.12)

28 Jun 44 Metz (6.30) 6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.05)

4 July 44 Villeneuve St.George (6.00) 11 Oct 44 Fort Fredrik Hendrik (2.12)

18 Jul 44 Mondeville (4.25) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.00)

18 Jul 44 Kesseling (5.30) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.01)

20 Jul 44 Fermes du Grande Bois (3.35) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.16)

24 Jul 44 L'Hey (3.30) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.15)

25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.15) 25 Oct 44 Homberg (3.24)

28 Jul 44 Hamburg (5.30) 28 Oct 44 Walcheren (2.02)

30 Jul 44 A Moye-sur-Seulles (4.05) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.43)

 

Flying Officer Small is a very capable navigator in a highly successful crew. He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended German targets as Stuttgart, Stettin and Frankfurt. In performing his allotted tasks, he has an exceptionally fine record of achievement and has always carried out his duties with coolness and dogged determination. He is always cheerful and willing to help others which, combined with his ability, makes him a splendid example to other aircrew.

 

SMALL, F/L Lawrence Vernon John, DFC (J27491) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has completed many sorties, often in a special responsible role, and has always displayed coolness and skill under fire. In addition to achieving a fine operational record, Flight Lieutenant Small has taken a keen interest in the training of new navigators. His fine example both in the air and on the ground have been of great value to his squadron.

 

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SMALL, F/L Norville Everett (C1379) - Air Force Cross - No.116 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Born at Allandale, Ontario, 7 December 1908. Enlisted at Camp Borden, 23 May 1928. Awarded wings at Vancouver, 2 June 1931. Spent much of the 1930s in commercial aviation. Credited with several attacks on U-boats, summer of 1942 including Eastern Air Command's first sinking of a submarine. AFC presented 3 December 1942 Killed in flying accident, 6 January 1943 (Canso 9737). Photos PMR 77-197, PL-6880 and PL-12610 show him.

 


Flight Lieutenant Small is an outstanding pilot who has been utilized as an advanced instructor and ferry pilot most of the time since the start of the war. He is extremely keen in all phases of his work. He was picked to captain the Catalina which did a reconnaissance flight around the Labrador Coast, Hudson Strait and Hudson's Bay this fall. During the spring and summer of 1941 he made five ferry flights from Bermuda to the United Kingdom, one of them in record time, and has completed 125 hours of flying on this type of work. He has flown a total of 1,224 hours. This officer's devotion to duty deserves recognition, and I strongly recommend him for the above award.

 

SMALL, S/L Norville Everett, AFC (C1379) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.113 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.

 

This officer has displayed outstanding airmanship, courage and devotion to duty on operational flying in the face of the enemy over the sea off the coast of Nova Scotia. During the last few months he has carried out five attacks on enemy submarines carrying armament considerably superior to that of the aircraft. Three of these attacks were successful; two of the successful attacks were made within a recent period of six days on fully surfaced submarines with their decks manned.

 

In the course of 335 hours operational flying during the last four months, this officer has on several occasions distinguished himself by his initiative and by the completion of difficult tasks under adverse weather conditions; in particular he has been of prime assistance in effecting more than one sea rescue of survivors of sunken or damaged vessels.

 

NOTE: The diary of No.5 (BR) Squadron for 5 January 1943 throws light on Small's final projects of extending Canso ranges.

 

No flying. S/L N.E. Small held a general discussion in the morning with all aircraft captains. Subject for discussion was largely reduction of equipment weight to enable more gasoline to be carried. Final suggestions eliminated 1,269 pounds from the equipment load. This included changing from 450-lb depth charges to 250-lb Torpex depth charges, removal of bow and tunnel guns and 1,000 rounds of ammunition from each of the blister guns. Other minor equipment deductions were agreed to.

 

Small took off at 0630 hours local time, 7 January 1943 on Canso 9737 in light snow showers and gusty southwesterly winds (15-20 mph). He intended to go out 600 to 700 miles. His machine was preceded by Canso 9739 piloted by F/L B.H. Moffit, who was airborne from 0615 hours to 1830 hours. It was then discovered that Small was missing. The search began on the 8th, and Small's wreckage was found only four miles away. Flight Sergeant J.E.V. Banning and Sergeant W. Wilson had survived.

 

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SMALLWOOD, Sergeant Lawrence Earl (R90786) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Clinical Investigation Unit (since moved to No.1 ITS) - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945 - Enlisted 30 May 1941 at North Bay, Ontario. Award presented 17 June 1945.

 

This technical medical assistant has performed highly meritorious service in the execution of his exacting duties. As a field test observer at the Dry Cold Trials of the Committee on Protective Clothing at the beginning of this year, he rendered outstanding service. He has set an example to all ranks by his persistence in arduous duties and by his initiative in the conduct of tests. Many original observations and methods of testing were initiated by him. He has also made a notable contribution to the development of the Royal Canadian Air Force colour vision lantern. His initiative and keen efforts in his work throughout his career have been praiseworthy.

 

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SMART, F/O David Shirley (J16325) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Ottawa, 1920; home in Ottawa and London, England; enlisted in Ottawa, 10 May 1940. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 16 December 1940) and No.1 WS (graduated 10 November 1940). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 12 December 1944.

 

This officer has completed one successful tour of operational duty and part of a second since he joined his present squadron. He has completed a large number of sorties both in the Mediterranean theatre of war and from this country and in the face of intense enemy action has frequently proved his tenacity of purpose, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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SMART, Corporal Howard Albert (R94197) - Mention in Despatches - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born 17 October 1921. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 9 April 1941. Radio mechanic; remustered to Radar Mechanic, 12 February 1944. Posted overseas in November 1941; repatriated August 1945; released 5 October 1945. No citation.

 

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SMART, F/L Joseph Franklin (J27798) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 30 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. American in the RCAF. Born 1921 in Concord, North Carolina; home there; enlisted in Montreal, 3 July 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 2 January 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 8 May 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented by Canadian Ambassador to the United States, 15 October 1948.

 


One night in December 1944, this officer was pilot and captain of an aircraft detailed for a minelaying mission in narrow enemy waters. Despite adverse weather and in the face of much anti-aircraft fire Flight Lieutenant Smart accomplished his task with his usual skill and determination. This officer has participated in very many sorties and throughout has set a fine example of devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 (D.2611), in National Archives of Canada RG.24 Volume 20627 has a detailed recommendation drafted by W/C J.B. Millward, 23 January 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (161 hours 40 minutes).. Text as follows:

 

On the night of 21st December 1944, Flight Lieutenant Smart was captain of an aircraft detailed to lay mines in Oslo Fjord. After taking off in visibility of 300 yards, this officer was forced, due to deplorable weather conditions, to fly at beights below 1,000 feet for the entire sea crossing.

 

On arrival at the Gardening area he was engaged by concentrated ground defences. However, this did not deter Flight Lieutenant Smart from making two runs over the aiming point to ensure that his mines were accurately placed in the dropping area.

 

I consider that Flight Lieutenant Smart's performance strongly merits an immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SMART, P/O Lyle Carman (J96703) - Mention in Despatches - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 24 December 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 17/47 dated 10 January 1947. Born 10 September 1941. Home in Leduc, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 4 September 1941. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.8 BGS (graduated 26 October 1942). Posted overseas in November 1942; reported POW, 14 January 1944; safe in UK, 9 May 1945; repatriated June 1945; released 5 November 1945.

 

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SMATHERS, F/L Leslie Lewis (J87764) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Mirror, Alberta; enlisted* in Calgary, 28 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 January 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941).

 

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SMEATON, P/O George Blakbell (J86213) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1916 in Brantford, Ontario; home there; enlisted in Hamilton, 4 March 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned April 1944. Award presented 14 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (177 hours 20 minutes) from 30 January to 9 July 1944.

 

This officer, navigator of Pilot Officer James' crew, has since January 1944 completed thirty-two operational trips including such heavily defended targets as Berlin (2), Essen (2), Stuttgart (2), Leipzig and Nuremburg, which called for a high degree of navigational ability.

 

His outstanding record and strong sense of duty have been a constant source of encouragement to his fellow navigators, and his cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.

 

Pilot Officer Smeaton has at all times displayed exceptional fearlessness in the face of intensive enemy opposition and has cooly carried out his work effectively...

 

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SMILEY, F/L Donald Allan Blake (J23876) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.64 Squadron - Award effective 19 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1922 in Ottawa; home in Perth, Ontario; member of Renfrew Scottish Regiment, 1936-1941 and 32nd Canadian Army Basic Training Centre, 1941-1942; enlisted in Toronto, 26 January 194. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned February 1943. Posted overseas in April 1943. Reportedly saw his first enemy aircraft on 14 January 1945 over Frankfurt and destroyed two. Award presented 22 June 1949.

 

Throughout numerous operational sorties this officer has proved to be a fine fighter pilot. Subsequent to the invasion of Normandy he completed many dawn and dusk patrols over the beachhead, often during appalling weather. He has also taken part in a larger number of low level attacks in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire and has destroyed a considerable number of the enemy's motor transport, trains and barges. More recently Flight Lieutenant Smiley has been engaged in escorting bomber aircraft to the Ruhr Valley and other heavily defended targets in Germany. He has invariably displayed a fine fighting spirit, courage and determination and has destroyed two enemy aircraft.

 

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SMILEY, P/O Nicholas George (J88967) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1920 in Prince George,m British Columbia; home in Sudbury, Ontario (metal worker); enlisted in North Bay, 2 June 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award sent by registered mail 30 March 1949.

 

Pilot Officer Smiley has completed a tour of operations. He has participated in attacks on Hamburg, Kiel and Osnabruck as well as on targets in France. In August 1944 he was navigator to a crew detailed to attack flying bomb installations in Foret de Nieppe. Shortly after the take off one engine became unserviceable. On approaching the French coast another engine faltered and it was impossible to feather it. Displaying outstanding ingenuity and skill and despite the fact that the aircraft was vibrating intensely, Pilot Officer Smiley directed it to the nearest landing field where a landing was effected safely and without further damage to the aircraft. His steadiness, keenness and devotion to duty are highly commendable.

 

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SMITH, P/O Albert (J15771) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 26 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1942 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in New Brunswick, 1920; home in Toronto or Dunbarton, Ontario. Trained at No.412 Squadron. Commissioned July 1942. Received award from King George VI, 23 March 1943. Killed in action with No.50 Squadron, 12 June 1943 (Lancaster ED828); buried in Holland.

 

This fearless air gunner has done much to maintain a high standard of morale, by his high example both in the air and on the ground. In action he is cool and collected and on several occasions his quick appreciation of the situation, when in a perilous position, has undoubtedly saved his aircraft.

 

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SMITH, F/O Albert Ivan (J15203) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.272 Squadron (now retired) - Award effective 10 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Home in Islington, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 23 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 December 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 16 June 1941). Later changed name to Robert Malcolm Dunsford. Award sent by registered mail, 9 November 1948. The following victories are listed by Chris Shores in Aces High (2nd edition): 11 March 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed over convoy near Tobruk (No.252 Squadron); 24 July 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed (No.272 Squadron); 30 September 1942, one He.111 and one Ju.88 destroyed (No.272 Squadron, Beaufighter "P"); 26 October 1942, one He.111 destroyed (No.272 Squadron, Beaufighter "U").

 

This officer has participated in numerous sorties in which he has attacked shipping, petrol barges, road transport and troops. He has destroyed four enemy aircraft and damaged others. Flying Officer Smith's high standard of personal courage and devotion to duty has been an example to the other members of his flight.


NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8933 has the earlier text of the recommendation for a non-immediate award, sent on 21 December 1942 from Headquarters, Royal Air Force, Middle East to Air Ministry.

 

This officer has flown over 170 hours on operations in the Middle East. He has completed sorties which include attacks on shipping, petrol barges, road transport and troops. During the course of these operations he has destroyed four enemy aircraft and damaged four others. By his high standard of personal courage and devotion to duty he has set a fine example to the other members of his flight.

 

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SMITH, F/L Albert John (J21249) - Mention in Despatches - No.47 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Port Burwell, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 30 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 27 February 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1942). Killed 21 August 1944 in a flying accident (Beaufighter NE382); buried in Ceylon. No citation.

 

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SMITH, Sergeant Alfred Graham (R91243) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born in Liverpool, 1919; home in Toronto. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 14 September 1941). Award presented 18 October 1947.

 

In April 1943, Sergeant Smith was air gunner in an aircraft detailed for a strike against a blockade runner in the Bay of Biscay. During the attack the aircraft was hit several times by anti-aircraft fire, Sergeant Smith being wounded in many places in his right leg. Despite the considerable pain he was suffering, this airman continued taking photographs, which later proved of great value. By his cool courage and fortitude in trying circumstances Sergeant Smith set a fine example of devotion to duty.

 

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SMITH, F/L Alistair Angus (J6496) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.441 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Born 1919 in South Vancouver; home there (clerk); enlisted in Vancouver, 18 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 March 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 4 May 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 July 1941). Commissioned July 1941. Victories mentioned in citation were with No.152 Squadron and consisted of two Ju.88s destroyed and one (possibly two) Bf.109s damaged. He was a flight commander in No.152 Squadron, 16 November 1942 to 17 April 1943. Subsequently instructed in Middle East and spent leave in Canada. Returned overseas for another tour and joined No.441 Squadron on 24 July 1944. Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Wing Commander, No.19 Auxiliary Wing).

 

This officer has completed many sorties. On one occasion on November 26, 1942, in air combat, he destroyed two enemy aircraft and damaged a third but not before his own aircraft was so badly damaged by enemy action that he had to force land it near Megjez El Bab. More recently, Flight Lieutenant Smith has taken part in numerous low level sorties during which considerable damage has been inflicted on the enemy's mechanical transport. Throughout a long operational career this officer has displayed fine leadership and great devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Directorate of History and Heritage file 78/323 folio 9 has recommendation drafted by S/L Brad Walker, 5 June 1945 at which time Smith had flown 249 sorties (353 hours 55 minutes operational time).

 

Flight Lieutenant Smith was posted to the North African theatre with No.152 Squadron on December 16, 1942, and while serving in this campaign destroyed two and one-third Ju.88s, and damaged two ME.109s. On November 26, 1942 after destroying two JU.88s and damaging an ME.109 he was hit by an ME.109 but forced landed his burning aircraft safely near Medjex-El-Bab even though he was strafed throughout. On 3 January 1943 he was hit by a Spitfire which tore away his propeller and he forced landed at Beja. On 3 January 1943 he was hit by flak at Ledjanene but landed safely at base.

 

Flight Lieutenant Smith was Flight Commander with No.152 Squadron from 16 November 1942 until 17 April 1943, and was also Acting Commander Officer for a short time. On his non-operational tour he was Officer Commanding No.324 Training Flight in the Middle East.

 

After completing this tour he returned to Canada for thirty days leave and on his return joined No.441 Squadron in Normandy on 24 July 1944. He completed many sorties against the enemy and destroyed a large number of enemy transport. He has acted as Flight Commander since 16 August 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Smith is an exceptionally good Flight Commander and the Flights score of aircraft and road transport is largely due to his fine leadership in seeking out and destroying the Hun. In view of his fine operational record, which is briefly outlined here, I strongly recommend him for the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SMITH, F/O Andrew Payton (J10025) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Lernsford, Saskatchewan, 1920; home in Sceptre, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 13 March 1941. Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 4 January 1942). Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5524 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 15 February 1944 when he had flown 24 sorties (145 hours five minutes), 1 November 1942 to 29 January 1944. Rank give in this document as Flight Lieutenant.

 

This Wireless Operator Air Gunner has carried out many attacks on the most heavily defended targets of Germany, including three sorties against Berlin.

 

Flight Lieutenant Smith has at all times displayed an enthusiasm for the attack which has been an inspiration to the crews with whom he has flown and to the wireless operators in his section. His outstanding ability and strong sense of duty and leadership have done much to raise the standard of his men.

 

It is considered that this officer's fine offensive spirit and devotion to duty, which have been instrumental in the success of his operations, fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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SMITH, F/L Arthur Ryan (J16237) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.149 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1919 in Calgary; home there; Served with 15th Alberta Light Horse; enlisted in Calgary, 18 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 27 November 1940) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 1 March 1941). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 11 September 1946. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 17 October 1944 when he had flown 21 sorties (102 hours 15 minutes). Destinations of "Special Operations" not given on sortie sheet.

 

# Minelaying sortie (GARDENING)

 

30 May 44 Sept Isles (4.25)# 27 July 44 Les Landes (3.45)

2 June 44 Ostende/Knocke (3.15)# 2 Aug 44 Mont Condon (3.25)

6 June 44 Brest area (5.25)# 7 Aug 44 Gironde River (7.15)#

7 June 44 Brest area (5.00)# 17 Sept 44 Boulogne (2.40)

13 June 44 St.Nazaire (7.40)# 20 Sept 44 Calais (2.45)

15 June 44 St.Malo Bay (4.35)# 23 Sept 44 Neuss (4.45)

17 June 44 Lorient (6.35) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (5.35)

4 July 44 Special Op (5.10) 6 Oct 44 Dortmund (5.35)


5 July 44 Special Op (7.00) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.45)

10 July 44 Special Op (5.10) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.55)

17 July 44 Mont Condon (3.35)

 

As pilot and captain of aircraft this officer has completed a total of 21 operational sorties, comprising minelaying, bombing and Special Operations. He has always roved himself to be a skilful and determined captain, who has led his crew from the beginning of their tour, with the result that they have all developed a very fine offensive spirit.

 

One night on a Special Operation over France, Flight Lieutenant Smith found very bad weather conditions fifteen miles from the target, cloud base 400 feet, with patches at 100 feet above ground, and visibility poor. Flying below the cloud he nevertheless covered the remaining distance to the target and successfully dropped his load at the correct position.

 

On another occasion when detailed to bomb a target in Germany, his Air Speed Indicator, altimeter and D.R.Compass all became unserviceable. Even so, Flight Lieutenant Smith continued to the target, arriving so late that the target indicators went out as he neared the target area.

 

These two instances are typical of Flight Lieutenant Smith's courage, skill and devotion to duty, and I strongly recommend that they be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SMITH, WO Arthur Thornton (R78011) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1922 in Toronto; home there (clerk, former member of Royal Canadian Army Service Corps); enlisted there 4 October 1940. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 27 September 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 9 November 1941). Award presented 1 March 1946. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C G.A. Tambling dated 15 November 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (239 hours 40 minutes) as WOPAG, 25 June 1942 to 6 November 1944 - actually two tours, 18 sorties from 25 June 1942 to 12 March 1943 (including several anti-submarine patrols) and 20 sorties from 5 August to 6 November 1944. Died in Toronto, 11 February 1995.

 

This Warrant Officer has now completed his tour of operations comprising of thirty and one half trips over enemy territory and involving a wide variety of well defended targets in Germany and France.

 


Throughout his tour Warrant Officer Smith has displayed outstanding fortitude and skill, and his splendid example of cheerful courage, co-operation and devotion to duty has been an inspiration not only to his fellow crewmen, but to the squadron in general. This Warrant Officer has flown with many crew throughout his tour and I consider his fine offensive spirit and splendid record of achievement fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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SMITH, F/O Bernard David (J26325) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1921 in Toronto; home there (clerk, truck driver); enlisted there 29 December 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 May 1942), No.9 EFTS (ceased training 9 October 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned 6 May 1943. Award sent by registered mail 9 February 1950. No citation other than "completed ...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (139 hours 58 minutes), 29 April to 18 November 1944.

 

* denotes mission not completed

 

29 Apr 44 GARDENING (3.08) 31 Aug 44 Lumbres (3.10)*

7 May 44 GARDENING (3.17) 3 Sept 44 Venlo (4.05)

9 May 44 Berneval (3.53) 9 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.30)*

10 May 44 Lens (3.41) 11 Sep 44 Nordstern (4.30)

24 May 44 Beaumont (3.29) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.35)

5 June 44 Maisy (4.45) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.00)

6 June 44 St.Lo (5.14) 6 Oct 44 Gladbach (4.40)

11 Jun 44 Massy-Palaiseau (4.30) 7 Oct 44 Cleve (3.55)

12 Jun 44 Amiens (4.12) 23 Oct 44 Essen (5.05)

14 Jun 44 Evrecy (4.58) 25 Oct 44 Essen (4.40)

16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (4.21) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (5.45)

5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.45) 31 Oct 44 Cologne (4.50)

6 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.30) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.00)

7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE III (4.20) 4 Nov 44 Bochum (5.25)

11 Aug 44 Somain (4.35) 16 Nov 44 Julich (4.40)

12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.55) 18 Nov 44 Munster (4.35)

 

This officer navigator has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 32 sorties, many of these demanding a high degree of skill and resolution.

 


His consistently high standard of navigation has enabled his crew to obtain the maximum number of successful sorties, and the crew's splendid photographic records give ample proof that his timing on targets has been excellent. He has led this squadron on numerous occasions and several times other squadrons in addition.

 

Flying Officer Smith, by his careful regard to detail and his ready willingness to accept responsibility, inspires confidence in everyone with whom he comes in contact, and his record is one of high courage and sustained operational endeavour, in recognition of which he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SMITH, F/L Bernard Gordon (C3819) - Mention in Despatches - No.164 Squadron (Canada), Now with No.168 Squadron. Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 1 December 1919 at Norfolk, Nebraska. Home in Green Bay, Wisconsin; enlisted in Ottawa 21 January 1941.

 

This officer has shown exceptional capabilities as a pilot. For the past four months he has continuously flown over a very hazardous route delivering vital supplies to far northern bases, often during very inclement weather. Flight Lieutenant Smith by his example, courage and fortitude has raised his flight to a very high standard.

 

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SMITH, F/L Carl Olof Person (J29218) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Born 1924 in Ketscoty, Alberta; home in Cloverdale, British Columbia (paint manufacturer); enlisted in Vancouver, 30 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 19 February 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned August 1943. Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949. Served in postwar RCAF

 

Flight Lieutenant Smith has shown remarkable consistency and steadiness as a pilot and captain of aircraft. On one occasion during an attack on Pforzheim his aircraft was seriously damaged while over the target area. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Smith flew in safety to base and made a safe landing. He has participated in many successful sorties.

 

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SMITH, F/O Charles Ross (J28699) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1920 in Rosenfeld, Manitoba; home in Morris, Manitoba (clerk); enlisted in Winnipeg, 4 September 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 2 May 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 22 July 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 11 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 10 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (186 hours), 31 May to 27 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Smith has proved himself to be an outstanding member of a gallant crew and under a calm and quiet manner has shown determination, skill and great devotion to duty. He has flown on 34 sorties with the squadron including such targets as Stettin, Emden, Bremen, Hamburg, Bottrop, Stuttgart, Russelsheim, and Brunswick and his able and skilful navigation, many times in the face of heavy flak opposition, has proved of incalculable assistance to his crew in completing the sortie. For his all round ability and tenacity of purpose I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SMITH, S/L Charles Woodward (J8371) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 9 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 22 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born Windsor, Ontario, 1919; home there; enlisted there 10 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 24 October 1941). Commissioned 1941. Award presented 27 June 1945.

 

This officer has completed very many sorties including attacks on most of the enemy's well defended targets. He has invariably displayed skill and courage of a high order and his determination to achieve success has won great praise. He is a most efficient flight commander whose leadership has been most inspiring.

 

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SMITH, F/O Donne Seymour (J87232) - Medal for Bravery (Czechoslovakia) - No.422 Squadron - Canada Gazette dated 24 January 1948, AFRO 81/48 dated 6 February 1948. Born in Calgary, 10 May 1921; enlisted in Calgary, 24 March 1942; Posted to No.4 WS, Guelph, 26 May 1941; promoted to LAC, 4 September 1941 and assigned to temporary flying duties with an unidentified squadron; not struck off strength of No.4 WS until 14 March 1942 when promoted Sergeant and posted to No.3 BGS; left that unit 14 April 1942 and posted overseas, being taken on strength of No.3 PRC, 13 May 1942; attended No.3 RDF School; posted to No.4 (C) OTU, 18 August 1942; Flight Sergeant, 13 October 1942; posted to No.422 Squadron, 26 November 1942; WO2, 13 April 1943; commissioned 21 April 1944; to No.4 (C) OTU, 30 June 1944; Flying Officer, 21 October 1944; to No.5 (C) OTU, 7 November 1944. Repatriated to Canada, 15 January 1945; released 26 March 1945.

 

Upon being repatriated he reported having flown 61 sorties (773 hours 25 minutes); non-operational and instructional hours given as 461 hours 50 minutes. Last sortie was 24 June 1944.

 

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SMITH, F/O David Ellis (J14195) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1920 in Provost, Alberta; home in Toronto; enlisted there 31 October 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 9 May 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. In F/L Snelgrove's crew. Award sent by registered mail 13 January 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation dated 10 June 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (219 hours 45 minutes); no sortie list to give time frame.

 

Flying Officer Smith is one of the outstanding navigators on the squadron and his keenness and efficiency is an inspiration to his section. He has completed 37 sorties, including three against Berlin. On numerous occasions Flying Officer Smith has flown as spare navigator, usually with new crews, and at all times he has displayed the highest degree of courage. His determination and devotion to duty is outstanding and I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SMITH, Sergeant David MacMaster (R106305) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 12 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 27 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born Winnipeg, 1922; home in St.James, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 25 August 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942). Award presented 8 May 1948.

 

This airman was the pilot of an aircraft which attacked Gelsenkirchen one night in June 1943. On the return flight the bomber was attacked by an enemy fighter and sustained damage to the fuselage, the hydraulic system and the wireless equipment, while two of the crew were wounded. A fire broke out in the bomb bay but Sergeant Smith violently dived his aircraft and the flames were extinguished by the force of the wind. On reaching an airfield in this country he effected a successful crash landing. Sergeant Smith displayed great skill and resource in harassing circumstances.

 

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SMITH, FS Desmond Evelyn (R53094) - British Empire Medal - No.31 GRS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Raised in Dublin, Ireland. Enlisted Montreal, 12 August 1940. Award presented 7 June 1944.

 


Flight Sergeant Smith, since the inception of this unit, has been responsible for the snow compaction and, while only a Leading Aircraftman at that time, displayed a thorough knowledge of his work and successfully overcame all difficulties, in connection with his duties, incidental to the setting up of a new unit. By his complete knowledge of the work and his extreme devotion to duty, this NCO commands the respect and admiration of all personnel of the unit. The excellent manner in which Flight Sergeant Smith has kept the aerodrome runways serviceable under most trying conditions has largely contributed to the high record of flying hours creditable to this unit.

 

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SMITH, FS Donald (R64101) - British Empire Medal - No.10 Squadron (RCAF) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Hamilton Beach, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 9 April 1940. Award presented 8 May 1948.

 

Flight Sergeant Smith has been the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Squadron Armament Section and has shown exceptional skill in the organization of his section and in instructing both aircrew and ground crews in the use of arms. His devotion to duty has been of the highest order and set working hours have been a secondary consideration. His spirit and whole attitude have been an example to all the men under him.

 

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SMITH, F/O Donald George (J35788) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Home in Halifax, enlisted there 15 August 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Killed in action on Lancaster NE119, 15 March 1945. Buried in Germany. No citation.

 

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SMITH, Sergeant Donald Victor (R70152) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 25 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 6 July 1943 and AFRO 1582/43 dated 13 August 1943. Born in Beeton, Ontario, 10 August 1921; home in Toronto; enlisted in Galt, 28 August 1940. While overseas as a mechanic he volunteered for Flight Engineer duties and trained at St.Athans. Posted to No.75 Squadron, October 1942 and to No.7 Squadron, January 1943. Shot down on 19th sortie but escaped. On return to Canada posted to No.5 OTU, Boundary Bay; discharged September 1945. Cited with P/O H.J. Jennings and S/L L.E. Logan (DFCs, No.405 Squadron). Received award from King George VI, 12 October 1943.

 

In air operations, Squadron Leader Logan, Pilot Officer Jennings, and Sergeant Smith displayed courage, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 


NOTE: In January 1997 the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society (Canadian Branch) presented to the National Aviation Museum a "dossier" (actually more like an album) with extended autobiographical notes on members (catalogued in the museum as D.805 C3 L96 1995 NMM). This included much information on D.V. Smith including how he was shot down and evaded capture, from which the following are excerpts:

 

On April 20, 1943 crew were assigned to mark target at Stettin. On first run we were hit by ack-ack which knocked out port inner engine. Mission had to be abandoned on second run as H2S and bomb sight would not function. On way north the Bomb Aimer dropped bombs visually on an airdrome near Peenemunde, hitting hangars and other buildings. When crossing Denmark we were shot down by Unteroffizier Berg of 7/NJG53 who was stationed at Kasrup.

 

After being shot down I headed in a northeasterly direction towards Copenhagen. After three days I managed to get some civilian clothes from a Mr. G. Rasmussen. Had dinner on Easter Friday with Mr. and Mrs. Sorensen who lived near Tastrup. My next helper was a Mr. Petersen who put me in touch with a school teacher who spoke English (Mr. Marborg). He took me by train to Helsingor. He had to leave but after two days I was befriended by another couple (Dalsborg) who had some contact with the Resistance. For the next couple of days I stayed with Mr. and Mrs. Baumgarten in Copenhagen. His code name was "The Pilot". After a tour of Copenhagen I was taken to the police station to be given instructions and to meet an Officer Cadet who would be going with me (Lars Troen). That night we were taken up the coast to Skodsberg. The kayak they had assembled had a hole in it so the trip was postponed. That night I slept at the home of Ejner and Sylvia Tjorn. Sylvia was an active member of the Resistance and went by the code name of "Greta". The following night we went up the coast again; the two-seat kayak was ready and at 11 p.m. we set out for Sweden. Arrived at 0300 on May 1.

 

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SMITH, G/C Douglas McCully (C154) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 26 June 1911; educated at UBC; enlisted as Provisional Pilot Officer in Vancouver, 8 June 1931; awarded wings, 28 May 1935. Commanded No.414Squadron, August 1941 to July 1942 and later No.39 Wing, returning to Canada in March 1944. Postwar RCAF, he was awarded the Queen's Coronation Medal, 30 October 1953, as Air Vice Marshal and Air Member for Technical Services, AFHQ. No citation. DHist file 181.009 D.2531 (RG.24 Vol.20625) has Western Air Command correspondence indicating that WAC was contemplating an award for him as of April 1944 but were being advised by AFHQ that it was too late to have him in the Birthday Honours List; it would have to wait for New Year's. However, the correspondence includes three letters from overseas that may have been the basis of an overseas recommendation resulting in this Mention in Despatches. The first, dated 19 February 1944, was from A/V/M W.F. Dickson (AOC No.83 Group) to RCAF Overseas Headquarters:

 


The above noted officer has handed over the command of No.39 Reconnaissance Wing after a long period in this unit. I would have recommended him for the award of an OBE for the excellent work he has done. The OBE is not in wartime an appropriate award to officers of the rank of Group Captain and I have no other suitable awards open to me for which I can recommend him.

 

I wish, however, to place on record with your Headquarters that Group Captain Smith has proved himself to be a good administrator and has built his wing up from nothing to the complete and efficient organization which it now is. During the process many problems had to be solved and much constructive work was necessary. His wide experience and administrative capacity made him particularly suitable for the task which he performed so efficiently and keenly. He established extremely good relations between his Wing and the First Canadian Army with which it worked. He is fully qualified to command an operational station and to fly modern aircraft.

 

The second letter, dated 2 March 1944, is signed by W/C L. Wright on behalf of A/C E.E. Middleton (RCAF Overseas Headquarters) to the Secretary, Department of National Defence for Air (Ottawa), referring to Dickson's letter and suggesting that an OBE or CBE might be recommended from Canada. The third letter, dated 27 March 1944, is from A/V/M W.A. Curtis (AMAS) to Assistant Chief of Air Staff:

 

Group Captain Smith commanded No.414 Squadron for a considerable time during the long period that they were stationed at Croydon. This unit, under his command, was most efficient. Later, when a Wing was formed with the Canadian Army, Group Captain Smith relinquished command of No.414 Squadron and took over the task of organizing a Canadian Army Co-operation Wing, working in conjunction with the Canadian Army and acting as advisor to General McNaughton. This organization was carried out most successfully, and was of considerable service to the Canadian Army in giving them a full appreciation of air support during their many manoeuvres in 1943.

 

When No.83 Composite Group was formed, Group Captain Smith took over the formation of the Fighter Reconnaissance Wing and developed it into a very efficient organization. In my opinion, his work strongly merits recognition in the form of a CBE. As No.83 Group have not been in full operation against the enemy, it is possible that the whole AEAF may have been granted a small quota of decorations and the chances for a decoration for Smith may have been very small. Whether the decoration comes from Canadian or British quota, I heartily endorse Air Vice-Marshal Dickson's recommendation.

 

 


SMITH, A/C Douglas McCully (C154) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. When recommended (11 August 1944) he had flown 1,220 hours, of which 22 hours 40 minutes had been in previous six months; he had flown 190 hours as instructor, and 37 hours 40 minutes on operations overseas (18 sorties). For more on this award, see MiD entry for this officer. Award presented 16 May 1945.

 

This officer has served with distinction throughout a lengthy career in the Royal Canadian Air Force. During the present war he commanded a squadron overseas most efficiently, relinquishing command to undertake the task of organizing successfully the Canadian Army Co-Operation Wing. He later took over the formation of a fighter reconnaissance wing and developed it into a very efficient organization. Since returning to Canada he has rendered outstanding service as Chief Staff Officer of Western Air Command. During his various appointments, this officer has performed his duties most efficiently and displayed exceptional leadership and outstanding devotion to duty.

 

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SMITH, S/L Edward Enos (C3354) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Canadian Joint Staff, Washington - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Toronto, 1913; educated in Toronto technical schools and University of Toronto. Enlisted in Toronto, 2 July 1936. Served in postwar RCAF; awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 6 November 1953 while on strength of AFHQ. Retired as a Group Captain, 1966. Award presented 29 February 1944.

 

 

This officer has discharged his duties at the Canadian Joint Staff Headquarters, Washington, in a very outstanding manner. His remarkable diligence and perseverance in a highly technical capacity, combined with his ingenuity and dependability, necessitated by his duties, are most remarkable. He has spared no effort in acquiring a comprehensive knowledge of American equipment as it relates to the Royal Canadian Air Force, and his work in this connection has been invaluable. He has at all times been instrumental in furthering the harmonious relations existing between the Canadian and American forces.

 

SMITH, W/C Edward Enos, MBE (C3354) - Officer, Legion of Merit (United States) - CJS Washington - Award effective 2 August 1946 as per Canada Gazette dated 17 August 1946 and AFRO 845/46 dated 30 August 1946. Presented 2 August 1946 by Brigadier M.C. Gow, USAAF.

 

Wing Commander Edward Enos Smith, Royal Canadian Air Force, distinguished himself as Senior Equipment Officer on the Canadian Joint Staff Mission in the United States from May 1942 to September 1945. He made available to the United States Army Air Forces information pertaining to research and development of flying clothing and equipment. His assistance contributed materially toward further the success of the Army Air Forces.


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SMITH, Sergeant Edward George Sheldon (R59078) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron (No.64 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 12 April 1945. Home in Brandon, Manitoba; enlisted there 3 June 1940. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation for an MiD dated 14 July 1944 submitted by W/C W.P. Pleasance, CO of No.419 Squadron. Had served 18 months in Canada, 31 months in England. Fitter IIA.

 

Sergeant Smith was posted to this squadron on 13th January 1942 as an LAC. His dependability and good workmanship earned him Sergeant's rank, where his outstanding qualities of leadership and infinite capacity for hard, accurate work have been instrumental in maintaining a high degree of serviceability of the aircraft. His quiet sincerity and earnestness, plus the great number of extra hours he has worked, have made him a most valuable NCO.

 

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SMITH, F/L Edward Victor Campbell (J10218) - Mention in Despatches - Cranwell - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in London, Ontario, but had been a civil servant in Ottawa for about six years. Enlisted first in Royal Canadian Artillery, going from private to Lieutenant. Joined RCAF in Ottawa, 23 June 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). No citation.

 

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SMITH, F/L Edward William (J16164) - Distinguished Service Order - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 11 November 1920 at Metis Beach, Quebec; home there. Educated at Radio College of Canada and O'Sullivan Business College. Enlisted in Sherbrooke, Quebec, 20 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1941), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 21 February 1941). Went overseas in March 1941. Commissioned November 1942. Flew a tour with No.103 Squadron (Whitleys and Halifaxes) during which he was shot down and rescued from Channel. DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 31 December 1944 which further adds that the first tour consisted of ten Whitley sorties (12 August 1941 to 11 September 1941 including ditching on 29 August 1941 after raid on Frankfurt and shot down by intruder over England, 11 September 1941. On this latter occasion he handled his aircraft superbly and effected a crash landing. Halifax sorties continued, 1 January 1942 to 6 June 1942 - 16 sorties including returns on three engines, 8 March 1942 (Turin) and 1 June 1943 (Essen). After first tour he spent two years instructing at an OTU. Attended Empire Central Flying School, graduating September 1944. Second tour was 21 sorties (20 September to 17 December 1944). Total operational flying was 297 hours 15 minutes. On return to Canada he took instrument flying course at Trenton, then went to CEPE where he flew the original "Rockcliffe Ice Wagon" (single-finned Liberator). He also commanded the glider detachment of Operation MUSKOX - the first person to pilot a glider above the Arctic Circle. Served in postwar RCAF; he was first RCAF Exchange Officer to serve in USAF Air Transport Command, March 1947 to June 1949 (flew 50 or 54 trips on C-54s in Berlin Airlift, attended A-Bomb tests in Pacific, flew Skymasters, Stratocruisers, Constellations, Globemasters) and with No.412 Squadron captained RCAF's first round-the-world flight carrying Lester B. Pearson (1949). In March 1950 to AFHQ with Directorate of Air Operations. In June 1951, newly promoted to Squadron Leader, made Regular Force assisting postwar Auxiliary on Pacific coast (No.442 Squadron and No.19 Wing HQ); awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Squadron Leader, No.19 Auxiliary Wing). Attended an All-Weather OTU, August 1954 to January 1955; appointed CO of No.428 Squadron (CF-100s, Uplands). As of May 1957 reported to have flown 7,000 hours on almost 60 types of aircraft. Died in Ottawa, 30 September 2000.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operational duty. He has attacked some of the enemy's most important and heavily defended targets. On one occasion his aircraft was shot down by enemy action and another time he was forced down on to the sea. Flight Lieutenant Smith has consistently flown in adverse weather and in the face of intense enemy opposition but he has never let that deter him from completing his missions. Throughout his operational career this officer has displayed the highest standard of courage, determination and devotion to duty.

 

SMITH, F/L Edward William, DSO (19827) - Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star (France) - Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947 and Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947.

 

NOTE: Ottawa Citizen of 25 March 1998 has a long piece by Jacob Berkowitz, "The English Patients: Burnt and Disfigured, 178 Canadian Airmen Learned How to Cope During Their Stay at an English Hospital". This describes his final crash with No.103 Squadron and subsequent treatment at East Grinstead. Excerpts below' see also entry for Ross Tilley:

 

After the war at a Commonwealth Aircrew Reunion in Winnipeg, Mr. Smith met someone who had watched the crash from the ground. Mr. Smith's Whitley bomber was returning to the Topcliffe aerodrome in Yorkshire. The aerodrome as well as the Whitley were blacked out for fear of intruders, German fighter planes waiting for returning bombers. The Whitley approached the aerodrome using only radio contact. At the last possible moment the landing strip lights were turned on. The bomber was on its approach. The German fighter attacked. The Whitley plunged into the ground.

 

"The fellow said he saw me come walking out of the fire", Mr. Smith says, "then I collapsed and the tail gunner put out the fire (on his clothes) with a jacket...

 


When Ed Smith arrived at East Grinstead in early January 1942, he knew immediately the stories he's heard about East Grinstead were true. "I remember going into Ward 3, the hut. Then someone came up and said, 'Would you like a beer ?" I'd just come from an RAF hospital which was very disciplined . And I walk into this hospital and the first thing I'm asked is 'Would you like a beer ?' And I said, 'I'd love one'"...

 

He had joined the Royal Canadian Air Force on July 4, 1940 [sic], on the spur of the moment on his way home for lunch from his accounting job in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He was 18, intelligent and confident. Mr. Smith was chosen for pilot training.

 

"The amazing this is, I'd never driven a car", recalls Mr. Smith. "I'd ridden a bicycle and could drive a team of horses and here they were going to make a pilot out of me."

 

He'd chosen the air force because his father, a First World War veteran, had told his oldest son to stay away from the army and the trenches he imagined would once again characterize the war. But Mr.Smith's father could not imagine the horror that awaited his son and other allied airmen in the skies over Germany.

 

Ed Smith didn't have to wait long to experience the terrors of air warfare. The log entry for his first mission reads, "Kiel, August 12, 1941. Intense heavy flak, clamped [caught in search lights] for 30 minutes, shit scared, glad to get back."...

 

Ed Smith holds his flight logs and grabs the bulk of the pages firmly in his left hand. I can thank East Grinstead for all that flying", he says.

 

A career as a pilot that depended on a firm left hand to fly almost 80 types of planes. A life in the air that saw Mr. Smith fly more than 10,000 hours, including 50 humanitarian supply trips into West Berlin during the 1948 Soviet blockade of the city and the command of the RCAF's first round-the-world flight carrying then External Affairs minister Lester Pearson to the premier Commonwealth Conference in New Delhi in 1950.

 

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SMITH, F/L Edwin John (J9466) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 17 April 1920 at Toronto. Enlisted there 25 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). Served in postwar RCAF (Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Squadron Leader at Greenwood, Nova Scotia); postings included Chief Flying Instructor at Centralia, work at Trenton (1947-1949), Directorate of Ground Training at AFHQ (1949-1951), RCAF Staff College (1951), No.405 Squadron (including command), worked as project officer on Argus programme (1956-1959), SACLANT Anti-Submarine Warfare Technical Centre (1959-1961), Station Greenwood (1961-1965). In August 1965 he was appointed Director, Maritime Forces Operational Requirements (Air) at CFHQ; in July 1968 made Military Advisor to Canadian High Commissioner, Pakistan. Died in Toronto, 13 September 1997.

 

This officer has been a flying instructor for thirty-five months. In that time he has carried out his duties with determination and skill establishing an excellent record as a flight commander. On several occasions he has occupied the position of acting squadron commander and for the past four months has been officer in charge of the advanced training unit at R.1 Edenvale. In this capacity he has shown rare qualities as a leader and example to the younger officers under him.

 

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SMITH, F/L Eric George (J12889) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.107 Squadron - Award effective 20 June 1945 as per London Gazette dated 29 June 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born 1921 in Navan, Ontario; home there. Educated at University of Ottawa. Trained at No.5 ITS, No.14 EFTS and No.1 SFTS. Commissioned 1942. No card in file. Awarded US Air Medal in Korean War; see PL-128765 (photo).

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties. He is a pilot of exceptional ability who has never let either adverse weather or enemy opposition deter him from completing his allotted tasks. He has inflicted considerable damage on the enemy's lines of communication, mechanical transport and rolling stock. He has at all times exhibited great determination, initiative and daring and set an inspiring example by his fine fighting spirit and devotion to duty.

 

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SMITH, FS Ernest (R51711) - British Empire Medal - No.8 Repair Depot - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Sudbury, 17 October 1939. Award sent by registered mail 12 April 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer has proved to be reliable and hard working and has showed exceptional ability in both leadership and application of knowledge. He has displayed a high degree of initiative and has performed duties over and above what is normally expected. His work in connection with the maintenance and repair of a United States Army Norseman engaged on a rescue mission is noteworthy.

 

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SMITH, F/O Ernest Lorne Acre (J36670) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.45 Group Headquarters - Award effective 7 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted in Winnipeg, 13 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1941), No.5 EFTS (left 15 July 1941), No.2 WS (graduated 4 January 1942), and No.3 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942). Discharged 10 October 1945. Memoires and logbook in National Archives of Canada, MG.30 E.492. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9117 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 712 hours on operations and 262 hours in previous six months.

 

Flying Officer Smith is an outstanding navigator and wireless operator (air). He has shown outstanding ability on delivery flights of which he has completed fourteen. As a non-commissioned officer he was responsible for installing and opening up a Signals Installation at Ascension Isle. Later, he was employed as instructor in the Radio School. He is now engaged on Mosquito test flights in Canada where he has done extremely good work.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9036 has another recommendation, apparently submitted (and not approved) for the June 1945 Honours List. It was drafted when he had flown 368 hours (78 in previous six months).

 

Flying Officer Smith has been employed in No.45 Group since February 1942, and owing to his outstanding all-round ability has undertaken a variety of tasks. For three months prior to his appointment to a commission he was in charge of the Group Signals Unit at Ascension Island and was responsible for the erection and opening up os a signals installations. Subsequently he was employed at various times as an Instructor at the Radio School. He has recently undergone the Conversion Course to qualify as Radio Navigator and in this dual capacity is rated very highly.

 

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SMITH, WO (now P/O) Ernest Sutton (R75622/J18707) - Commended for Valuable Services - Heavy Glider Conversion Unit (AFRO gives unit as No.24 OTU Overseas) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 809/44 dated 14 April 1944. Home in Brantford, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 14 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941). No citation. Killed in action, 16/17 June 1944 with No.419 Squadron (Lancaster KB734). Buried in Holland. Public Records Office Air 2/8959 gives unit and recommendation, noting he had 780 flying hours.

 

For the past twelve months Warrant Officer Smith has been employed as a pilot on glider tugging duties. His keenness, determination and untiring efforts, both by day and night, have contributed greatly to the output of glider pilots.

 

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SMITH, S/L Frank Ernest William (J664) - Air Force Cross - No.165 (Transport) Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944. Born 1913 in Calgary; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 13 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 15 January 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated and commissioned 5 May 1941). Employed after the war by Trans-Canada Airlines (Air Canada) and Air Jamaica. Died in Tswwassan, British Columbia, 26 March 1996. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 58, file 190-I) has citation. As of recommendation he had flown 2,185 hours ten minutes, of which 63 hours 55 minutes had been operational (14 sorties). Award presented 13 July 1946.

 

This officer has demonstrated his outstanding ability as a pilot over a considerable period and during the past year has done excellent work as officer commanding a transport detachment. He has organized and maintained a highly efficient scheduled transport service in the North West. His personal achievements in the air include developments of let down procedure for all airfields on the route and planning an execution of successful supply dropping to scout units engaged in special winter manoeuvres in the mountains. At all times this officer has displayed exceptional skill, energy and loyalty in the execution of his duties.

 

SMITH, S/L Franklin Ernest William, AFC (J664) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 15 January 1946 as per London Gazette dated 29 January 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.. Award sent by registered mail.

 

Squadron Leader Smith has completed many sorties flying supplies and equipment in support of the 14th Army. He has been successful in delivering his vital cargo frequently in the face of great difficulties. In the Far Eastern theatre of war this officer has piloted a weather observation aircraft throughout the monsoon period rendering valuable help to the transport service. His outstanding and fearless devotion to duty has throughout been worthy of the highest praise and has been an inspiration to the whole of his squadron.

 

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SMITH, W/C Frank Homer (C1216) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Awarded 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944 - Air Attache, Washington. Born 7 September 1894 at Sarnia, Ontario. Educated there to 1909, Upper Canada College 1909-1913, University of Toronto 1913-1914. Enlisted in Cyclists, CEF (Canada) but resigned April 1915 to join RNAS. Unfit for active service overseas, he returned to Canada in January 1916 and spent the balance of the war on the staff of Admiral Kingsmill. Spent most of the interwar years in New York, joining RCAF in Toronto (8 September 1939) and was thus employed in seeking out American volunteers for RCAF. Award presented 11 November 1944. Died in Sarnia, 7 September 1994.

 


This officer voluntarily set up an organization in the United States through which trained pilots might apply for employment in Canada, as, when plans had been formulated for the Joint Air Training Plan, one of the most urgent needs facing the Royal Canadian Air Force was for trained pilots to act as instructors. The success of this organization, originally known as the Clayton Knight Committee, was largely due to the initiative of this officer who gave unstintingly of his time and resources to obtain these instructors, without whom the plan could not operate. This Committee was subsequently enlarged and reformed as the Canadian Aviation Bureau of which Wing Commander Smith was manager through its entire existence. Through his own and the employees' efforts, thousands of citizens of the United States of America volunteered for service not only for instructors but to train as aircrew. Upon the entry of the United States into the war the Bureau was disbanded and this officer was appointed to his present position as Air Attache in Washington. As a result of the outstanding initiative, keenness and devotion to duty of this officer, a major contribution was made to the success of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and the amicable relations between the Armed Forces of Canada and the United States were furthered in no small degree.

 

SMITH, G/C Frank Homer, OBE (C1216) - Officer, Legion of Merit (United States) - Air Attache, Washington - Award effective 11 April 1947 as per AFRO 187/47 of that date. On 18 June 1946 the American Embassy in Ottawa wrote to the Director of Intelligence, RCAF, citing as authority a letter received from the U.S. War Department, reporting this award with the following citation:

 

Group Captain F. Homer Smith, Royal Canadian Air Force, rendered exceptionally meritorious service from 7 December 1941 to 1 June 1942 as Executive head of the Canadian Aviation Bureau. He demonstrated commendable initiative and foresight in the organization and personnel financing in the United States of the Canadian Aviation Bureau for the purpose of informing, screening and advising American volunteers before the United States entered the war and in effecting their transfer to the United States Forces after 7 December 1941. Group Captain Smith's personal efforts constituted a notable contribution to the Allied war effort in enhanced good will and understanding.

 

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SMITH, WO1 (now F/O) Frank McKenzie (R118039/J95321) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 10 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 5 June 1942). No citation.

 

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SMITH, Sergeant Frederick Arthur (R60138) - Mention in Despatches - No.429 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Brandon, Manitoba; enlisted in Calgary, 7 June 1940. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.5524 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation for a BEM dated 31 January 1944 (Sergeant Fitter).


This NCO is a very competent and conscientious Fitter, who has at all times shown initiative and enthusiasm in his work. The aircraft which was in his charge took part in 17 consecutive operations and never once returned to base without completing its mission. His coolness in dealing with last minute unserviceabilities of the Squadron aircraft has been instrumental in getting these aircraft into the air. It is considered that this man's outstanding devotion to duty and hard work merit the award of the BEM.

 

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SMITH, F/L Frederick Douglas (J5690) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943. Born in Regina, 1916; home in Vancouver or Rutland, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 12 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 December 19940), No.2 BGS (graduated 12 May 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 31 March 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 19 June 1941). Commissioned 1941. Received award from King George VI, 21 November 1944.

 

This officer has taken part in numerous sorties over enemy territory. Amongst his objectives have been, Essen, Munich, Cologne and Berlin. He also has completed many daylight anti-submarine sweeps. In spite of many trying experiences, his keenness and enthusiasm for operational flying remains undiminished and his navigation has always been of an exceptionally fine standard. On one occasion his aircraft was attacked by three Arados 196 and it escaped after a running fight in which one enemy aircraft was destroyed and one damaged. Flight Lieutenant Smith has done excellent work on operations and as a squadron navigation officer.

 

SMITH, S/L Frederick Douglas, DFC (J5690) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Award presented 21 February 1948.

 

This officer has now completed his second tour of operational duty and through his exceptional qualities of leadership, has set a fine example to all who have come in contact with him. He has at all times shown a fine fighting spirit, skill and devotion to duty of a very high standard.

 

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SMITH, F/L Frederick Sydney (J17639) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 10 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944. Born Selkirk, Manitoba, 1917; home there; enlisted in Winnipeg, 4 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 17 March 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 15 May 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 27 July 1941). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail. Served in postwar RCAF.

 


This officer has displayed outstanding qualities of courage, skill and determination. He has taken part in a very large number of sorties involving attacks on targets in the Ruhr and other important centres. Flight Lieutenant Smith is a cool and confident captain whose example has inspired his crews.

 

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SMITH, F/O George John (J21564) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948. Born in Verwoid, Saskatchewan, 22 June 1918. Home in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina, 8 July 1941. Observer, killed in action with No.405 Squadron, 27/28 April 1944. Lancaster JA976. Buried in Belgium. There is no citation. On 15 July 1948 Air Commodore D.E. McKell wrote to his mother, reporting the award "for his services in the recent war, particularly in recognition of his valuable contribution towards the liberation of Belgium."

 

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SMITH, F/L George Campbell (C1803) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Ingersoll, Ontario; enlisted in Regina, Saskatchewan, 5 August 1941. No citation.

 

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SMITH, F/O George Graham (C28402) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Regina, 5 May 1939.

 

This officer has at all times displayed exceptional ability and keen devotion to duty. His leadership has always been an inspiration to all with whom he has worked. In addition, although a Non-Flying List officer, he has completed over 1,000 hours in the air of which 450 hours have been operational.

 

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SMITH, P/O Gordon (J93927) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1922 in Newland, Gloucester; home in Alliance or Galahad, Alberta (farmer); enlisted in Calgary, 4 October 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 28 May 1943), No.5 BGS (graduated 27 July 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 14 April 1944). Commissioned February 1945. Award presented 9 July 1949. DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had flown 28 sorties (191 hours 50 minutes), 27 November 1944 to 16 April 1945.

 


Pilot Officer Smith has participated in attacks against the most heavily defended targets in Germany. In February 1945, while completing an attack on Duisburg, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter. Cannon and machine gun fire rendered all his instruments unserviceable. This officer attempted to repair his equipment but it had been completely wrecked. Pilot Officer Smith showed great courage and coolness on this occasion. He has always displayed gallantry and determination in hazardous circumstances.

 

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SMITH, FS Gordon Benfield (R193731) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1924 in Toronto; home there (riveter, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 22 September 1942. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 6 August 1943) and No.4 BGS (graduated 20 September 1943). Award presented 18 October 1947. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9083 has recommendation dated 23 March 1945 when he had flown 46 sorties (237 hours 25 minutes), 27 May 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (5.05) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.25)

31 May 44 Mont Couple (3.50) 25 Oct 44 Homberg (3.20)

10 Jun 44 Versailles (5.55) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.00)

12 Jun 44 Cambrai (5.05) 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (3.30)

15 Jun 44 Boulogne (4.55) 18 Nov 44 Munster (3.55)

16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (5.15) 24 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg (5.15)

23 Jun 44 Bientques (4.55) 27 Nov 44 Meuss (3.55)

24 Jun 44 Bamieres (4.25) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.50)

27 Jun 44 Foret d'Aewy (4.35) 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (6.35)

10 Jul 44 Thiverny (4.50) 14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (4.40)

23 Jul 44 Kiel (6.00) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (5.35)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.50) 1 Feb 45 Mannheim (5.15)

1 Aug 44 Acquet (4.50) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (6.45)

3 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (5.15) 20 Feb 45 Dortmund (4.45)

4 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.55) 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim (6.30)

7 Aug 44 Caen (5.05) 1 Mar 45 Mannheim (5.15),

8 Aug 44 Foret de Chantilly (5.45) Master Bomber

9 Aug 44 Acquet (4.20) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (7.55),

10 Aug 44 La Pallice (6.55) Deputy Master Bomber

11 Sep 44 Castrop Rauxel (6.35) 7 Mar 45 Dessau (8.40)

12 Sep 44 Wanne Eickel (3.20) 8 Mar 45 Hamburg (5.55)

13 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.25) 11 Mar 45 Essen (4.30)

26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (2.25) 14 Mar 45 Zweibrucken (5.00)

27 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.15) 15 Mar 45 Misburg (6.25)

 


As a Wireless/Air Gunner, Flight Sergeant Smith has displayed efficiency, reliability and a fine fighting spirit. He has engaged in numerous operational sorties, many of them against very heavily defended targets. Amongst these, he has attacked Merseburg, Stuttgart and Hamburg. Flight Sergeant Smith has never failed to carry out his duties and has constantly demonstrated his eagerness to participate in operations whenever possible.

 

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SMITH, F/L Gordon Mitchell (J13399) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born 1922 in Nelson, British Columbia; home there (fitter); enlisted in Vancouver, 28 August 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 January 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942). Commissioned 1942. Credited with the following victories: 12 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one Bf.109 damaged; 25 July 1944, one Bf.109 damaged; 29 September 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed; 2 October 1944, one Bf.109 damaged; 2 May 1945, one Me.262 damaged (this last with No.411 Squadron; all others with No.421 Squadron). Award presented at Sea Island, 27 March 1949. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Squadron Leader, No.19 Auxiliary Wing). See PL-36141 for photo.

 

This officer has completed numerous operational sorties. At all times he has proved himself a resolute and skilful pilot. His determination to engage and destroy the enemy has been most praiseworthy. He has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft and has either destroyed or damaged sixty-five mechanical vehicles.

 

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SMITH, F/O Harold Martin (J87249) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1921 in Ridgeway, Ontario; home there (clerk); enlisted in Hamilton, 4 March 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 15 August 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 6 April 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award presented 22 November 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (182 hours five minutes), 10 May to 28 October 1944. Ten of these (30 July to 29 August 1944) were with No.405 Squadron.

 


Flying Officer Smith has displayed exceptional leadership, courage and determination as captain of aircraft. His sorties include many major targets such as Dortmund, Wilhelmshaven, Bottrop, Duisburg, Stuttgart, Essen, and Cologne with this squadron as well as ten sorties with Pathfinder Force for which he volunteered. His cool confidence and obvious ability created a high standard of morale in his crew and contributed to a major degree in the successful completion of their tour. His devotion to duty and desire to press home the attack were outstanding.

 

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SMITH, F/L (now S/L) Harold Murray (J9532) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1915 in New Westminster; home there; enlisted in Vancouver, 3 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 August 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941), and No.15 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award sent by registered mail 30 March 1949. Served in postwar RCAF, including service with No.103 Rescue Unit, Commanding Officer of No.408 Squadron at Rockcliffe, and Air Attache to Moscow as a Group Captain. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while with No.408 Squadron. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 10 September 1944 when he had flown 21 sorties (109 hours 30 minutes), 5 June to 25 August 1944. Deputy Flight Commander. NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (R.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation for an AFC dated 25 January 1945. By then he had flown 29 sorties (156 hours five minutes), 5 June to 30 November 1944. Praised for training new crews. Not approved.

 

This officer, a captain of an aircraft, has carried out 21 operational sorties over enemy territory and has attacked such heavily defended targets as Bremen, Stuttgart and Hamburg. Through his cheerfulness and excellent qualities of leadership, he has been an example which his flight has been able to look up to with pride and themselves endeavour to equal.

 

In recognition of the leadership and determined effort on his part to carry out all operational efforts no matter the difficulties together with the "esprit de corps" this officer has inculcated into all personnel directly under his command, I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SMITH, F/O Harold Penman (J14325)- Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.3 FIS - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Enlisted in Hamilton, 31 May 1941. Born at Paris, Ontario, 11 November 1911. Trained at No.6 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942).

 

This officer has carried out 1,550 hours of flying in the last two years of which 1,280 hours have been instructional. In his duties, both on the ground and in the air, he has constantly set himself, and achieved, a very high standard. His enthusiasm for flying and steady application to his work provide excellent examples for his fellow instructors.


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SMITH, FS Harry (RCAF 2157A) - Mention in Despatches - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Oldham, Lancashire; enlisted in Vancouver, 18 September 1939. Aero engine mechanic.

 

This NCO is in charge of the aircraft maintenance section of his squadron and the attainment of a high percentage of serviceability has in no small part been due to the excellent leadership and ability of this airman.

 

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SMITH, F/O Harry Frederick Ernest (J14627) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born 1919; home in Toronto; enlisted there 2 July 1941. Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award sent by registered mail 22 November 1948.

 

In air operations this officer has displayed courage, fortitude and devotion to duty of a high order.

 

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SMITH, F/O Harry Vincent (J27671) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.358 Squadron - Award effective 14 August 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1924; home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 18 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned June 1943. Award presented 22 February 1947.

 

Flying Officer Smith has completed much operational flying. He has displayed a high degree of skill and courage, qualities which were well illustrated on one occasion in May 1945 when, during a sortie, his aircraft was attacked by nine enemy fighters. Although the aircraft was severely damaged and one engine put out of action in the first attack, this captain and his crew fought with great resolution. The enemy pressed home further attacks with great persistence and Flying Officer Smith's aircraft sustained further damage. Two more engines were put out of action and three members of his crew were killed. Even so, Flying Officer Smith, though wounded, successfully crash-landed the crippled aircraft and thus saved the lives of the remaining members of his crew. In the face of great odds this officer set a fine example of coolness and bravery.

 


SMITH, F/O Harry Vincent, DFC (J27671) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - No.358 Squadron - Awarded as per AFRO 1059/46 dated 8 November 1946. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 18 May 1942. No citation. In a letter to H.A. Halliday, dated 15 November 1997, he wrote:

 

The award was presented to me at No.2 Air Command, Winnipeg in January 1947. The citation refers to Operation "Mouche" which I cannot identify as we were never told the code names of missions. It was one of nine sorties I made into French Indo-China to drop agents and supplies. Each was a very long range solo mission and they were all an adventure to say the least. Therefore I tend to think of it in relation to the total effort than any one in particular.

 

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SMITH, F/L Hector (J18445) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1922 in Montreal; home there (office boy); enlisted there 14 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 January 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 4 March 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941). Commissioned July 1943. DFC and Bar presented 27 February 1947. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 when he had flown 40 sorties (154 hours 14 minutes) as follows:

 

16 Aug 43 Turin (7.55) 27 Jun 44 Oisemont (2.08)

17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (8.20) 28 Jun 44 Metz (5.18)

23 Aug 43 Berlin (6.45). Ditched 30 Jun 44 U-Borage (2.27)

in Baltic; interned in 2 July 44 Oisemont (2.08)

Sweden. 5 July 44 Wizernes (1.51)

22 Apr 44 Laon (4.09) counted as 6 July 44 Coquereaux (2.38)

1/3 operation. 7 July 44 Caen (2.36)

8 May 44 Haine St.Pierre (2.31) 9 July 44 L'Hey (1.43)

1/3 operation 10 Jul 44 Nucourt (2.44)

10 May 44 Ghent (2.33) 12 Jul 44 Paris (Vaires) (3.14)

11 May 44 Boulogne (2.33) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (3.33)

19 May 44 Mont Couple (3.00) 17 Jul 44 Cagny (2.30)

21 May 44 Duisburg (4.02) 19 Jul 44 Rollez (2.58)

24 May 44 Aachen West (3.36) 20 Jul 44 Contrai (2.03)

27 May 44 Rennes a/f (3.41) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.21)

28 May 44 Mardick (1.54) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.04)

31 May 44 Mont Couple (1.58) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.08)

5 June 44 Longues (3.10) 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (6.22)

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy (3.19) 30 Jul 44 Battle area (2.54)

9 June 44 Rennes (4.09) 12 Aug 44 Russelsheim (5.08)

11 Jun 44 Tours (4.58) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (5.08)

15 Jun 44 Lens (2.11) 18 Aug 44 Bremen (4.52)

24 Jun 44 M-Straete (1.54)


 

Flight Lieutenant Smith is a very keen and capable captain, now on his second tour of operations. He is a first-class pilot and leader with a high sense of devotion to duty, and a fighting spirit which has acted as incentive to the crew which he commands. Undoubtedly the fine personal example set by this officer will be difficult to surpass. Strongly recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

SMITH, F/L Hector, DFC (J18445) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.

 

Throughout his tours of operations Flight Lieutenant Smith has proved himself to be a most efficient pilot and captain of aircraft. He has participated in attacks against such well defended targets as Stuttgart, Berlin and Kiel. His fine fighting spirit, fearless courage and devotion to duty have won the admiration of all pilots in his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 55 sorties (226 hours ten minutes) of which 15 trips (72 hours 15 minutes) had been flown since previous award. Added sorties and unpublished text follows; reference to "second sortie" erroneous; shot down on third sortie.

 

29 Aug 44 Stettin (9.10) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (3.50)

12 Sep 44 Frankfurt (5.45) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.05)

15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.05) 18 Nov 44 Munster (3.45)

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.40) 21 Nov 44 Coblenz (5.15)

6 Oct 44 Dortmund (4.45) 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg (4.55)

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.05) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (4.15)

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.10) 4 Dec 44 Urft Dam (5.10)

25 Oct 44 Homburg (3.10)

 

Flight Lieutenant Smith is an exceptionally capable pilot and captain of crew who has now completed two tours of operations. He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Stuttgart, Berlin and Kiel. This officer, although shot down on his second sortie, immediately volunteered for further operational duty on returning to this country. He is a very keen type of officer, with a strong sense of responsibility and an unabated will to take part in offensive action. He has such an excellent knowledge of airmanship that he has instilled in his crew the same unshakable faith in their ability. His fearlessness and devotion to duty has been an inspiration to all pilots in the squadron, and has done much to keep the morale of his crew at a very high level.

 

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SMITH, F/L Hilliard Harrison (J22257) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Manitoba, 1917; home in Clandeboye, Manitoba; enlisted i Winnipeg, 6 June 1940. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award sent by registered mail 16 October 1950. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 18 June 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (171 hours ten minutes), 5 January to 16 June 1944.

 

This officer has, by his superb captaincy and airmanship, completed a total of 30 trips as pilot over enemy territory and has never yet failed to carry out his mission. The majority of these trips have been over heavily defended targets in Germany, including Berlin (five times), Frankfurt, Essen, Dusseldorf, Stettin, Stuttgart, Schweinfurt, Magdeburg and Brunswick. By his fine record of achievement, together with his exceptional qualities of leadership and coolness, he has inspired a high standard of morale in both his crew and squadron under a calm and quiet manner. His unconquerable spirit of determination and success in achieving his objective under any circumstances warrant a strong recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SMITH, S/L Howard Everett (J3107) - Air Force Cross - No.9 SFTS - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945. Home in Simcoe, Ontario; enlisted in Winnipeg, 9 May 1940 - Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 18 August 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 October 1940) - As of date of award, had flown 2,000 hours - 1,825 instructional hours - 50 hours in previous six months. Award presented 1 April 1949.

 

This officer has long been employed on flying instructional duties in various responsible capacities. he has at all times shown the greatest keenness and initiative to bring the efficiency of flying training up to the highest possible standard. The great devotion to duty he has at all times displayed, combined with his splendid leadership and fine service spirit have been splendid inspiration to all, which is worthy of the highest praise.

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SMITH, P/O Howard Schlueter (J87910) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born 1922 in Preston, Ontario; home there (shoe cutter); enlisted in Hamilton, 13 August 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 17 June 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 August 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (176 hours 15 minutes) from 25 March to 13 August 1944. The Ju.88 was damaged 24 May 1944 (Aachen) and the Me.210 destroyed on 12 August 1944 (Brunswick).

 

This air gunner has completed many operational sorties and his work has been excellent. He is credited with the damaging of a Junkers 88 and the destruction of a Messerschmitt 210. His devotion to duty and coolness in the face of enemy action has been an inspiration to his crew and squadron.

 

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SMITH, F/L Hugh Frederick (J17929) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1919 in Niagara Falls, Ontario; home there; enlisted there 2 July 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 11 November 1940) and No.4 BGS (graduated 10 April 1941). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 30 May 1947. Cited with F/L R.E. Curtis (RCAF, awarded DSO), F/O Dougal A. McGillivray (RCAF, awarded DSO) F/L Robert G. Marshall (RCAF, awarded DFC), F/O Charles F. Wattie (RCAF, awarded DFC) and Sergeant J.D. Rose (RAF, awarded DFM). See Marshall, above, for citation. DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 15 September 1944 when he had flown 59 sorties (377 hours 20 minutes). This included three legs of a trip from Portreath to Gibraltar to Malta to Egypt (26 February to 5 March 1942) followed by 36 sorties with No.40 Squadron (22 June to 11 November 1942) and 21 sorties with No.428 Squadron (5 July to 12 September 1944).

 

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SMITH, F/L Jack (J4420) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.5 Squadron (Canada) - Since gone on loan to TCA - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in St.John's, Newfoundland; enlisted in Montreal, 21 August 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 November 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1940), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1941). As of award had flown 1,605 hours, 1,400 operational hours (148 sorties).

 

This officer, has a captain of operational aircraft, has carried out many operational sorties during which he has displayed great courage and devotion to duty. He has at all times shown himself to be a successful and reliable pilot and eager to serve in the most hazardous instances. On one occasion he flew a Canso off the ice near the shores of Newfoundland after a tractor had sunk in an attempt to bring the aircraft to shore. The next day he volunteered to take a skeleton crew and endeavour to land a Canso on the ice floes to try to rescue the personnel of another Canso who had taken to dinghies after an emergency landing.

 

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SMITH, F/O James Herbert (J92992) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.612 Squadron - Award effective 31 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1945 and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born 1920 in Toronto; home there (ledger keeper); enlisted there 3 July 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 27 February 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942). Commissioned 1944. Received award from King George VI, 13 July 1945.

 

Flying Officer Smith has taken part in a large number of operational sorties including anti-U-boat patrols over the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic Ocean and anti-shipping patrols ad reconnaissances off the Dutch coast. He has throughout displayed a fine fighting spirit and great determination in the face of intense fire from the enemy's defences. In March 1945, this officer shadowed a force of E-boats until, largely as a result of his signals, His Majesty's ships were able to engage the enemy. After the engagement Flying Officer Smith continued to shadow the enemy force which he later attacked himself. He was in contact with the enemy for over five hours.

 

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SMITH, FS James Pender (R86554) - Air Force Medal - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, 30 July 1912. Home in Sedgewick, Alberta. Enlisted in Edmonton, 27 October 1940. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 17 August 1940) and No.5 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941). To Ferry Command, October 1941, and No.10 (BR) Squadron, December 1941-December 1943. No.2 Training Command, January 1944. No.11 Squadron, Dartmouth, May 1945. Commissioned in September 1942. Award presented 16 April 1943.

 

Flight Sergeant Smith is an outstanding Wireless Air Gunner who has made 80 operational sorties over the North Atlantic for a total of 625 hours. His work and devotion to duty have been the means of inspiring others in his trade. he has at all times given of his best and is most conscientious in carrying out all assigned tasks.

 

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SMITH, F/L John Forsyth (J7209) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Born 24 September 1917; enlisted in Halifax, 16 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 December 1940), No.5 EFTS (ceased training), No.2 BGS (graduated 4 August 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 23 June 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 4 August 1941). Posted overseas, December 1941; repatriated 14 January 1944. Served at No.111 OTU and then returned overseas, 30 April 1945; repatriated again, 17 August 1945; released 18 September 1945. The DHist microfilm suggests his name is John Forsyth-Smith.

 

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SMITH, FS John Frederick (R83451) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.21 Squadron - Award effective 23 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 8 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Born in Carleton Place, Ontario, 1921; home in Chatham, Ontario; enlisted in Windsor, 3 March 1941. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 22 June 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 23 May 1942). Award presented 28 May 1947. Served in postwar RCAF.

 

In August 1943, this airman was wireless operator of one of a bomber force which attacked a target in Northern France. When crossing the enemy coast heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered. Flight Sergeant Smith was struck in the eye by a fragment of shrapnel which remained lodged. Displaying great fortitude and devotion to duty, he refused attention until the target had been bombed. During the return Flight Sergeant Smith continued to work with skill and coolness. This airman's courage and devotion to duty have been worthy of high praise.

 

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SMITH, P/O John Gordon (J6960) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.214 Squadron - Award effective 8 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 21 July 1942 and AFRO 1189-1190-1191.42 dated 31 July 1942. Born 1917 in St.Leonards, Sussex; home in Guatamala; enlisted in Ottawa, 13 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.10 EFTS and No.6 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941. Commissioned 1941. Shot down and taken prisoner, 4 September 1942.

 

One night in June 1942, Pilot Officer Smith was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in the Ruhr. Whilst flying over enemy territory, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter, whilst at a height of 17,000 feet. The fighter made repeated attacks in quick succession but was driven off by fierce and accurate fire. The fighter is believed to have been destroyed. Another enemy aircraft then took up the attack and opened fire from close range. Pilot Officer Smith's aircraft sustained severe damage, the front gunner and flight engineer were badly injured, and the port outer engine caught fire. The flames from the engine assumed dangerous proportions but after the propeller fell off the fire subsided considerably. Despite the damage sustained, Pilot Officer Smith displayed excellent airmanship and flew the aircraft back to this country where he made a successful forced landing. This officer's skill, coolness and gallantry in the face of trying circumstances were of a high order. He has participated in several sorties and has always shown great determination to press home his attacks against the enemy.

 

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SMITH, F/O John Kidner (J19332) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1919 in Toronto; home there (book keeper, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 28 June 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 30 January 1942) and No.6 BGS (graduated 11 May 1942). Commissioned October 1943. Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949. Long letter in DHist file about his experiences.

 

This officer has now completed numerous sorties. His cheerful confidence has always been an inspiration to the other members of his crew. He has always rendered valuable assistance to his section leader in training new crews. Flying Officer Smith has at all times shown courage and devotion to duty.

 

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SMITH, P/O John Stewart Madill (J86215) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Neemuch, Govalior, India; home in Thorold, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned April 1944. Served in postwar RCAF as Administrative Officer. Award sent by registered mail 9 February 1950. In F/L K.A. MacDonald's crew. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation dated 19 August 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (192 hours 40 minutes), 10 November 1943 to 28 July 1944 (91 "points"). This recommendation originally drafted 4 August 1944.

 

This officer has completed a tour consisting of thirty-six operations. He has at all times displayed exceptional navigational ability. His quiet, cheerful manner and devotion to duty have contributed greatly to the success of this crew.

 

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SMITH, WO Kenneth Charles Alfred (R62097) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 16 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 27 October 1942 and AFRO 1783/42 dated 6 November 1942. Born Melville, Saskatchewan, 28 February 1917; home in East Saskatoon (clerk); enlisted in Saskatoon, 4 June 1940. Trained at No.2 AOS (graduated 26 October 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 9 December 1940), and No.1 ANS (graduated 6 January 1941). DFC and Bar presented 11 September 1949.

 

Warrant Officer Smith has successfully participated in raids against enemy and enemy occupied territory, including many heavily defended targets. This Warrant Officer, by his painstaking and exemplary navigation, has at all times been a fine example and inspiration to the crews with whom he has flown.

 

SMITH, F/L Kenneth Charles Alfred, DFC (J15959) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.571 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.2 AOS and No.2 BGS.

 


Flight Lieutenant Smith has now completed a second tour of operational duty. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has participated in numerous sorties with the Pathfinder Force against such heavily defended targets as Hamburg, Hanover and Berlin. He is a first class navigator who has always displayed great keenness, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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SMITH, FS Leslie Gordon (R53248) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Toronto 16 January 1940. Award presented 9 April 1948. Remained in postwar RCAF (Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 when a WO1 with No.32 Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron).

 

This airframe mechanic has continuously discharged his duties in a most meritorious manner, both during normal working periods and for frequent long periods thereafter. His enthusiasm, capability and capacity for technical work are exceptional and most praiseworthy.

 

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