SMITH, F/L Maurice Coles (J16632) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born in Wiarton, Ontario, 1921; home in Plainfield, New Jersey or Toronto; enlisted in Toronto, 6 November 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 29 March 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 14 September 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 24 October 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  Award sent by registered mail 30 March 1949.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953 while a Wing Commander at AFHQ.  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 2/8830 has recommendation dated 4 November 1944 when he had flown 44 sorties (212 hours 30 minutes), 30 July 1942 to 26 October 1944.

 

30 Jul 42        Dusseldorf (2.30), DNCO                13 Feb 43      Lorient (6.00)

17 Aug 42      GARDENING, Frisians (3.45)         14 Feb 43      Cologne (4.00)

18 Aug 42      Flensburg (6.00)                                22 Mar 43      St.Nazaire (4.00), DNCO

24 Aug 42      Frankfurt (5.35)                                  7 Aug 44        Caen (3.05)

27 Aug 42      Kassel (5.50)                                     8 Aug 44        Foret de Lucheux (3.15)

28 Aug 42      Saarbrucken (5.35)                           11 Aug 44      Lens (3.20)

5 Sept 42       Bremen (5.15)                                   12 Aug 44      Brunswick (4.45)

7 Sept 42       Duisburg (3.35)                                 15 Aug 44      St.Tronde (3.30)

8 Sept 42       Frankfurt (6.20)                                  5 Sept 44       Le Havre (3.00)

10 Sep 42      Dusseldorf (3.50)                              6 Sept 44       Le Havre (3.15)

14 Sep 42      Bremen (4.10)                                   8 Sept 44       Le Havre (3.10)

2 Oct 42         Krefeld (4.10)                                    11 Sep 44      Kamen (4.20)

5 Oct 42         Aachen (6.30)                                    20 Sep 44      Calais (2.10) 

10 Oct 42       La Rochelle (6.25)                            23 Sep 44      Neuss (3.10)

12 Oct 42       GARDENING Frisians (4.30)          26 Sep 44      Cap Gris Nez (2.20)

13 Oct 42       Kiel (6.25)                                          27 Sep 44      Calais (2.10)

27 Oct 42       GARDENING Brest (5.40)               28 Sep 44      Calais (2.35)

31 Oct 42       GARDENING La Rochelle (7.00)    5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (6.30)

6 Nov 42         GARDENING La Rochelle (6.40)    17 Oct 44       Bonn (5.00)

15 Jan 43       Lorient (5.30)                                     18 Oct 44       Stuttgart (6.05)

20 Jan 43       GARDENING Frisians (4.00)          23 Oct 44       Essen (5.00)

4 Feb 43        Turin (8.15)                                        25 Oct 44       Essen (4.00)

7 Feb 43        Lorient (5.30)                                     26 Oct 44       Leverkusen (4.30)

 

Flight Lieutenant Smith has taken part in forty-four operational sorties as Bomb Aimer in heavy bomber aircraft.  These sorties include attacks both by day and night on many of the most heavily defended targets in Germany.  He is an exceptionally skilful Bomb Aimer and has invariably pressed home his attacks regardless of the nature of the defences.

 


On two recent occasions, during night attacks on Saarbrucken on the 5th October 1944 and Essen on the 24th October 1944, his aircraft sustained extensive damage from anti-aircraft fire while running up to bomb the target.  This, however, did not in the least deter Flight Lieutenant Smith, who calmly continued passing his instructions to the pilot, with the result that there was no doubt as to the success of his attacks.

 

Flight Lieutenant Smith is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross as a reward for his sustained display of skill and courage on operations.

 

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SMITH, W/C Maxwell Marshall (C3183) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 16 November 1940.  No citation.

 

SMITH, W/C Maxwell Marshall (C3183) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945.  Award presented 22 July 1946.  No citation to OBE in Canadian sources.  Public Records Office Air 2/9004 has recommended citation, drafted when he was with No.62 (RCAF) Base, and apparently intended originally for Birthday Honours List (June 1944).

 

This officer is the Base Engineer Officer and has combined efficiency and boundless energy with leadership of the most inspiring nature.  His one ideal has been to obtain a greater degree of aircraft serviceability and he has worked unceasingly and unsparingly to that end with noteworthy results.  The present high state of efficiency in the Base Engineering Section which he organized, is due in a very large measure to his outstanding qualifications and remarkable zeal.  He has proved himself to be a fine leader and an exceptionally loyal officer.

 

SMITH, W/C Maxwell Marshall, OBE (C3183) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947 and AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Aeronautical Engineer.

 

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SMITH, Sergeant Michael (R60037) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Calgary; enlisted there 22 April 1940.  Born 18 October 1920; enlisted in Calgary, 22 April 1940.  Airframe mechanic; posted overseas November 1941; repatriated December 1944; released 7 February 1945.  No citation.

 

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SMITH, F/L Nicholas (J16734) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.  Born in Arnprior, Ontario, 1918; home there; enlisted in Ottawa 17 December 1940.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 10 October 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  Invested with award by King George VI, 9 May 1944.

 

This captain of aircraft has displayed skill, courage and determination to a marked degree.  His operational record which includes missions to such strongly defended centres as Hamburg, Essen and Berlin constitutes a fine example to others.  His qualities of courage, efficiency and tenacity have contributed much to the successes attained by his squadron while his enthusiasm and fighting spirit have been highly commendable.

 

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SMITH, WO1 Norman Donald (R73178) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 (CAC) Flight - Award effective 28 December 1943 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944.  Home at Harvey Station, York County, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 10 October 1940.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 24 June 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 26 May 1941).  Award sent by registered mail 4 April 1950.  Later commissioned (J50831).

 

By prompt and courageous action this Warrant Officer was responsible for saving the life of a pilot when an aircraft, of which he was a member of the crew, caught fire, crashed in the water and sank immediately to a depth where only part of the tail was visible.  When he extricated himself from the aircraft Warrant Officer Smith noticed the pilot failed to appear so he dove under water several times before he finally managed to release the pilot who was suffering from an injured leg and assisted him to climb onto the wing and remove his flying clothes.  After inflating their "Mae Wests" they swam approximately 700 yards to shore.

 

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SMITH, F/L Norman John (J18593) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.  Born Seattle, Washington, 19210; home in New Westminster; enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 31 July 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 4 December 1941), No.7 BGS (graduated 22 May 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 11 April 1942), and No.1 ANS (graduated 3 July 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented 28 February 1946.  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 2/8780 has recommendation dated 18 March 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (205 hours 25 minutes) as listed below.  Sorties from 28 June to 27 September 1943 were with another squadron (not specified); the balance were in No.97 Squadron.

 

28 Jun 43          Cologne (5.00)                                4 Dec 43           Leipzig (7.20)

24 Jul 43           Hamburg (5.10)                              16 Dec 43        Berlin (6.45)

27 Jul 43           Hamburg (5.10)                              20 Dec 43        Frankfurt (4.15)

29 Jul 43           Hamburg (5.20)                              23 Dec 43        Berlin (7.00)

2 Aug 43           Hamburg (5.15)                              29 Dec 43        Berlin (5.50)

9 Aug 43           Mannheim (6.10)                            2 Jan 44            Berlin (6.40)

14 Aug 43         Milan (8.40)                                     3 Jan 44            Berlin (6.45)

17 Aug 43         Peenemunde (6.30)                       5 Jan 44            Stettin (8.36)

27 Aug 43         Nuremburg (7.30)                           14 Jan 44         Brunswick (5.10)

22 Sep 43        Hanover (5.40)                                20 Jan 44         Berlin (7.35)

27 Sep 43        Hanover (5.10)                                21 Jan 44         Magdeburg (6.45)

22 Oct 43          Kassel (4.50)                                  27 Jan 44         Berlin (6.40)

3 Nov 43           Cologne (4.30)                                30 Jan 44         Berlin (6.15)

10 Nov 43         Modane (7.10)                                25 Feb 44         Augsburg (7.05)

23 Nov 43         Berlin (6.15)                                    1 Mar 44           Stuttgart (6.35)

26 Nov 43         Stuttgart (6.15)                                15 Mar 44         Stuttgart (6.00)

2 Dec 43           Berlin (5.55)

 

The above-mentioned officer has completed 34 [sic] operational sorties against enemy targets, including ten to Berlin. Twenty-two of these sorties were carried out in the Pathfinder Force, 19 of them as Marker.

 

Flight Lieutenant Smith has at all times shown great determination and compete disregard of opposition from the enemy in assisting his crew to press home their attacks at levels far below the main force. His skill as a set operator has enabled his crew to carry out many very successful visual marking attacks.  He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SMITH, F/L Perley Carroll (J8223) - 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 Truro, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 10 January 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 June 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 25 October 1941).  No citation.

 

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SMITH, Sergeant Perley Douglas (R50220) - Mention in Despatches - No.427 Squadron (No.63 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Enlisted in Halifax, 22 April 1940.  DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 11 July 1944:

 

This non-commissioned officer enlisted in April 1940 and was posted to the United Kingdom in December 1942.  He is a Fitter and has been with this squadron since January 1943.  His work in general has been outstanding and his loyalty and devotion to duty are beyond reproach.  He has been an inspiration to those working with him.

 

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SMITH, P/O Raymond Fraser (J17980) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Born Vancouver, 1923; home there; enlisted there 8 September 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 December 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 27 February 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented 14 December 1945.

 

Pilot Officer Smith is an able and courageous captain of aircraft.  His numerous sorties have been conducted with efficiency and fine airmanship.  Both in preparation and in action against enemy land targets including Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg and Essen, he has led his crew with gallantry and completed his attack with determination even in the most hazardous circumstances.  His record is one of sustained endeavour.

 

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SMITH, F/L Reginald Shirley (J8656) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.117 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.  Born St.Thomas, Ontario; home there.  Member of the Elgin Regiment (Militia), 1931-1934; enlisted in St.Thomas, Ontario, 13 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1941).  Commissioned 1941.  Killed in action, 30 July 1944.  Award presented to next-of-kin, 9 December 1947.  Public Record Office Aie 2/9627 has recommendation drafted 4 April 1944 when he had flown 850 operational hours; the text does not differ materially from that appearing below.

 

During the past eighteen months this officer has completed numerous transport operational sorties in the battle areas in support of the armies and air forces in North Africa, Sicily and Italy.  During the recent airborne invasion of Burma and while supplying our armed forces there, Flight Lieutenant Smith's enthusiasm for operations and his skill as captain of aircraft have contributed much to the successful completion of numerous sorties, many of them by night in adverse weather.  Throughout his service this officer has displayed skill, determination and devotion to duty of the highest order.

 

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SMITH, FS Robert Alexander (R217366) - Distinguished Flying Medal -No.626 Squadron - Award effective 22 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.  Born Toronto, 1923; home there (former assbly worker on flying instruments); enlisted there 20 January 1943.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 29 October 1943).  Cited with F/L William L. Foote (RCAF, awarded DSO).  Award presented 18 October 1947.

 

This officer and airman were captain and mid-upper gunner respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Stuttgart.  En route the aircraft was attacked by a fighter and sustained much damage.  The rear gunner was killed and Flight Sergeant Smith was blown out of his turret into the fuselage.  He was, however, uninjured and returned to his turret.  A fire started in the rear of the fuselage which betrayed the position of the bomber to the enemy and the aircraft was subjected to five successive attacks.  Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant Foote skillfully maneouvered the aircraft and enabled Flight Sergeant Smith to engage the fighter which was seen to fall away in flames.  Flight Lieutenant Foote then continued to the target and completed his mission.  This officer and airman have taken part in many sorties and have displayed a high standard of courage and devotion to duty.

 

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SMITH, F/L Robert Bennie (J6360) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.7 Photographic Wing - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945.  Home in Minnedosa, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 10 September 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 February 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 27 April 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 23 June 1941), and No.1 ANS (graduated 22 July 1941).

 

This officer for a period of over two years did outstanding work of a very hazardous nature in the air in connection with De-Icing Research.  He set a very high standard as an air observer, most of his work having been done under very difficult and dangerous weather conditions.  He consistently displayed outstanding ability and resourcefulness which contributed greatly to the progress which has been made towards overcoming hazards caused by the icing of aircraft.

 

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SMITH, F/O Robert Marshall (J36983) - Mention in Despatches - No.626 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946.    Killed in action 7 January 1945 (Lancaster LL961).  See War Service Records 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947). Born 8 July 1916 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Educated in Winnipeg.  Enlisted in Toronto, 22 August 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 April 1943), No. 20 EFTS (graduated 25 June 1943) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 15 October 1943).  Overseas, October 1943.  Commpleted 24 missions before his death.  Commanding officer wrote that he in a raid on Munich his aircraft was hit by another friendly bomber - tail end almost ripped off.  He stayed at the controls, not only to permit his crew to bale out but to avoid crashing in Allied-occupied territory where a U.S. Army field hospital was located - and thus lost his own chance to survive.

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SMITH, F/L Roderick Illingsworth Alpine (J4561) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.126 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 4 December 1942 and AFRO 2069/42 dated 18 December 1942.  Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, 11 March 1922.  Enlisted there 30 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 November 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 17 March 1941).  For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky.  DFC presented at uncertain date, possibly in conjunction with Bar (presented 5 October 1946). His career is well chronicled in Chris Shores' Aces High (2nd edition) and Malta: The Spitfire Year.  See also Aeroplane, August 1995 for his comments on Spitfire aircraft. Victories as listed in Aces High with aircraft details as follows: 18 July 1942, one Ju.88 probably destroyed (shared with another pilot, No.126 Squadron, BP952 "F"); 24 July 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed (No.126 Squadron, aircraft "O"); 28 July 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed (No.126 Squadron, aircraft "C"); 13 August 1942, one S.79 destroyed (No.126 Squadron, AB465); 11 October 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed (No.126 Squadron, EP330); 13 October 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.126 Squadron, EP573); 14 October 1942, one Ju.88 damaged (No.126 Squadron, BR471); 25 October 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.126 Squadron, BR311, "L"); 7 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed (No.412 Squadron, ML113); 26 September 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed (No.412 Squadron, MJ461); 27 September 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed (No.412 Squadron, MJ461); 29 September 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed (No.401 Squadron, MJ448); 5 October 1944, one Me.262 destroyed (No.401 Squadron, MK577, shared with four other pilots).

 

Flight Lieutenant Smith has been responsible for [the] destruction of six enemy aircraft since his arrival in Malta.  One day in October 1942 he led his flight in a determined attack on nine hostile bombers with a large fighter escort, and in spite of intense opposition by the fighters, Flight Lieutenant Smith personally destroyed a Junkers 88, while one Macchi 202 was destroyed by other pilots of his flight.  This officer has always displayed the greatest determination and courage and during the recent hard fighting has been an inspiration to all.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9606 has a slightly different text communicated from Headquarters Middle East to Air Ministry, 4 November 1942:

 

This officer arrived in Malta on the 15th July 1942 and since his arrival has destroyed six enemy aircraft with one-half probably destroyed. On the 11th October 1942 he led his flight in a determined attack on nine Junkers 88s with a large fighter escort approaching Malta from the north. Bombers [were] intercepted before they could cross the coast and in spite of intense opposition by enemy fighters Flying Officer Smith destroyed one Junkers 88 while one Macchi 202 was destroyed and another damaged by his flight. He has always displayed the greatest keenness to engage the enemy at all times and his determination and courage during the recent hard fighting have been an inspiration to his flight and squadron.

 

SMITH, S/L Roderick Illingworth Alpine, DFC (J4561) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 24 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Smith has completed numerous sorties against the enemy.  In four days he achieved the remarkable feat of destroying seven enemy aircraft.  As squadron commander this officer led 412 Squadron on six missions in three days, during which period it destroyed twenty-seven enemy aircraft and damaged nine others.  This was accomplished during the enemy's persistent efforts to destroy bridges in the Arnhem and Nijmegen area which were vital to our ground forces.

 

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SMITH, S/L Roderick Stuart (C9615) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Middleton St.George - 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 3 January 1942.  No citation in biographical file or AFRO which gives unit only as "Overseas".  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation by G/C J. Macdonald for an OBE dated 5 May 1945 which gives unit.  Intelligence Officer.  Award presented 21 February 1948.

 

Squadron Leader Smith, since taking over the position of Senior Intelligence Officer in January, this year, has carried out his duties in a most exemplary fashion.  His work merits the highest praise and his unselfish devotion to duty has been an example to all.  He has interested himself in all aspects of Station life and has been instrumental in raising the spirit of the station to a higher level.  I consider the standards set by this officer both as to duty and welfare of this Station fully merits the award of the OBE.

 

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SMITH, WO1 Russell Charles (R79670) - Mention in Despatches - No.607 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas (deceased)" - Award as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1946 and AFRO 1059/46 dated 8 November 1946. Home in Kamsack, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 5 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 February 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1941.  Died as a prisoner of war in Java, 15 April 1942.  No citation other than (with others):

 

...in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst prisoners of war in Japanese hands.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/8774 dealing with awards to former prisoners of the Japanese has a joint citation for Smithand WO H.P. Low.

 

Whilst prisoners of war in Japanese hands, these Warrant Officers were implicated in an attempt to escape by stealing an aircraft from an enemy airfield.  The attempt was, unfortunately, unsuccessful and Warrant Officers Smith and Low were recaptured and executed by the Japanese.

 

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SMITH, G/C Russell Marshall (C1138) - US Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) - Award effective 11 April 1947 as per AFRO 187/47 of that date.  Born in Toronto, 28 May 1896; educated there.  During First World War he served in Canadian Artillery, RFC and RAF (No.23 Squadron).  In business as a sales manager between the wars.  Enlisted in Toronto, 15 September 1939.  Served at the Toronto Manning Pool (September 1939 to April 1940), No.2 Manning Depot, Brandon (15 April 1940 to 30 May 1941), No.1 WS, Montreal (31 May 1941 to 19 March 1943), No.3 MD, Edmonton (20 March 1943 to 30 July 1944), No.3 WS, Winnipeg (31 July 1944 to 11 January 1945).  Released 23 March 1945.  United States Embassy, writing to AFHQ, 1 May 1946, provides citation:

 

Group Captain Russel M. Smith, Royal Canadian Air Force, serving as Officer Commanding, No.3 "M" Depot, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, from March 1943 to July 1944, rendered exceptionally outstanding services in connection with the establishment and operation of Air Transport Command facilities in Canada.  His co-operation, neighbourly interest and material assistance promoted harmonious relationship between the Canadian and United States Forces and greatly facilitated the performance of the Air Transport Command mission in Canada.

 

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SMITH, F/L Russell Maynard (J8622) - Air Force Cross - No.413 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 10 January 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 May 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 17 August 1941) and No.7 BGS (graduated 29 September 1941).  Award presented 27 May 1950 on card but other records suggest he was invested in Edmonton in February 1949 and that the only citation published was "In recognition of distinguished services whilst engaged on flying duties with the Royal Canadian Air Force overseas." DHist file 181.009 D.1751 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation when he had flown 1,100 hours but date of submission not given (unit records poor):

 

Flight Lieutenant Smith is now on his second tour of operations in flying boats.  He has maintained a high standard of operational navigation.  This has helped attain a high degree of navigation on his squadron. He has earned an enviable reputation as a dependable navigator who can be relied upon to complete his allotted tasks in the face of all hazards.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9036 has draft citation giving flying hours as 1,307 of which 344 were in previous six months.

This officer is now on his second tour of operations in flying boats.  He has maintained a very high standard of navigation which has helped to increase the accuracy of navigation throughout the squadron.  He is most dependable and can be relied upon to complete his allloted tasks in the face of all hazards.

 

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SMITH, P/O Sidney Donald (J90218) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born December 1921 in Merritt, Britoish Columbia; home in New Westminster.  Former Bank of Montreal employee (ledgher keeper); enlisted in Vancouver, 4 June 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.8 BGS (graduated 26 June 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943).  Commissioned July 1944.  Went overseas, September 1943.  Award presented in Vancouver 22 October 1947.  See Field of Honour (Bank of Montreal, c.1950) which says he flew two tours (54 sorties).  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 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 50 sorties (236 hours ten minutes), 27 May 1944 to 14 February 1945.  Obviously in same crew as Pilot Officer Ivan D. Benton.

 

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (4.30)                27 Sep 44      Bottrop (3.15)

31 May 44      Monte Couple (3.05)                 5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (4.55)

5 June 44       Houlgate (4.40)                          14 Oct 44       Duisburg (3.25)

6 June 44       Coutrances (4.10)                      23 Oct 44       Essen (4.20)

9 June 44       Le Mans (5.15)                           25 Oct 44       Homberg (3.15)

21 Jun 44       St.Martins (4.05)                        30 Oct 44       Cologne (4.25)

23 Jun 44       Bineque (3.40)                           11 Nov 44      Dortmund (4.10)

24 Jun 44       Bamieres (3.55)                         18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel (4.30)

28 Jun 44       Metz (6.45)                                 20 Nov 44      Koblenz (4.15)

1 July 44         Biennais (4.00)                          21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg (5.10)

4 July 44         Biennais (3.40)                          30 Nov 44      Duisburg (4.20)

5 July 44         Biennais (3.40)                          22 Dec 44      Bingen (5.40)

7 July 44         Caen (4.05)                                28 Dec 44      Bonn (4.20)          

12 Jul 44        Thiverny (4.10)                           29 Dec 44      Scholven (4.50)

17 Jul 44        Caen (4.00)                                2 Jan 45         Nuremburg (6.45)

18 Jul 44        Wesselring (2.55), DNCO        5 Jan 45         Royan (5.10)

20 Jul 44        Ferme du Grande Bois (3.25)  5 Jan 45         Hannover (4.40)

25 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.20)                           7 Jan 45         Munich (7.00)

28 Jul 44        Hamburg (5.40)                          14 Jan 45       Merseberg (6.00)

4 Aug 44        Boise de Cassant (4.55)          16 Jan 45       Zeitz (6.45)

5 Aug 44        St.Leu d'Esserant (4.30)           1 Feb 45        Mannheim (5.10)

27 Aug 44      Homberg (3.05)                         7 Feb 45        Cleve (4.00)

6 Sept 44       Emden (4.00)                             8 Feb 45        Politz (7.50)

12 Sep 44      Frankfurt (6.00)                          13 Feb 45      Bohlen (6.50)

13 Sep 44      Nordstern (3.25)                         14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (6.55)

20 Sep 44      Calais (2.05)                             

 

Pilot Officer Smith is a Bomb Aimer whose ability is of a very high standard.  He has never failed to carry out, in an exemplary manner, the often-difficult duties assigned to him.  Pilot Officer Smith has, without exception, pressed home his attacks to a successful conclusion.  This officer is now on his second tour of operations, yet his keenness to engage the enemy has been unfaltering.

 

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SMITH, F/O Stewart Thomas (J16159) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 25 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 September 1943 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943.  Born North Battleford, Saskatchewan, 1918; home in Edmonton; enlisted there 22 November 1940.  Commissioned 1942.  Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.3 WS (graduated 1 August 1941).  Award presented 13 November 1948.

 

As rear gunner this officer has taken part in several sorties.  On the latter of these, just as the target had been bombed, his aircraft was attacked by three enemy fighters.  In the first combat, Flying Officer Smith was wounded in the leg; despite this he remained at his guns and fought the attackers with great skill, driving off each one of the enemy aircraft in turn.  Not until the bomber was well clear of the target area would he leave his turret to receive medical attention.  This gallant gunner contributed materially to the safe return of the aircraft.

 

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SMITH, WO2 Sydney Frank (R164309) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.9 AOS - Award effective 15 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946.  Trained at No.3 WS and No.7 BGS.  No training card found at DHist, 17 October 1995.

 

Warrant Officer (then Sergeant) Smith was wireless operator of an Anson aircraft engaged in a search for a missing Liberator.  The aircraft crashed into the side of a mountain, as a result of which the members of the crew sustained injuries and the navigator died.  Warrant Officer Smith's injuries consisted of a sprained ankle, severe body bruises and face lacerations.  In spite of this, he set off down the thickly wooded mountain through blinding snow for two miles and was successful in summoning medical assistance for his seriously injured comrades.  He escorted the rescue party back to the scene of the crash and it was not until the seriously injured had been treated that he called attention to his own painful injuries, aggravated by the long trek in heavy flying clothing.  Warrant Officer Smith displayed coolness and great personal courage in his gallant, unselfish act and his fortitude and resourcefulness proved an inspiration to his injury weakened crew.

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SMITH, FS Sydney Lovitt (R50579) - British Empire Medal - No.3 OTU - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born in Brantford, Ontario, 16 December 1901.  Trained in auto mechanics, he operated his own garage before joining RCAF.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 2 November 1939.  Award presented 1 February 1946.  NOTE: "Sidney" ?

 

This non-commissioned officer has continually set a fine example to other ranks by his keenness and desire to improve the efficiency and airworthiness of service aircraft.  A device which has greatly improved the efficiency of Canso "A" aircraft was originated by this non-commissioned officer and has been accepted by the service and also by the manufacturers of the aircraft.  Hard-working, conscientious and efficient, this non-commissioned officer has done great work and the contribution he has made to his station has been outstanding and praiseworthy.

 

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SMITH, FS Thomas (R118196) - Mention in Despatches - Station Patricia Bay - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 19 July 1941.  NCO in charge of detention barracks, recommended 30 December 1944 for BEM (DHist file 181.009 D.2531, RG.24 Vol.20626).

 

This non-commissioned officer has an outstanding record and has been a tower of strength to his superior officers.  The example he has set in maintaining Air Force discipline and morale has been reflected throughout the entire station.  His deportment and conduct have provided an example for all the younger and more inexperienced men on the unit.

 

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SMITH, F/O Victor Eugene (J27259) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1922 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 8 July 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.23 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Award sent by registered mail 20 April 1949.  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.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 10 September 1944 when he had flown 36 1/2 sorties (158 hours 20 minutes), 12 April to 3 September 1944.

 

This officer has shown remarkable skill as a pilot and an inspiring example of courage and determination to his crew.  During his long tour of thirty-six and a half operational sorties he has never failed to successfully bomb the target.  For his splendid record of achievement and fine offensive spirit, Flying Officer Smith is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SMITH, F/O William Alden (J11338) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944.  From New York.  Enlisted in Montreal, 11 August 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 3 January 1942), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 22 May 1942).  Later awarded AFC.

 

This officer, as captain of a Canso aircraft, volunteered to search for a crashed Anson aircraft, in which mission he succeeded because of great perseverance and skill.  Although weary from lack of sleep, the captain and his crew maintained vigil through the night and at dawn directed the rescue party to the scene of the crash.  Although the pilot of the crashed aircraft had been killed, this determined and skilful effort resulted in the saving of the lives of three crew members.

 

SMITH, F/L William Alden (J11338) - Air Force Cross - Eastern Air Command Met Flight - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946.  American, home in New York City.  Enlisted in Montreal, 11 August 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 3 January 1942), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 22 May 1942).  Award presented at Government House (date uncertain).  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 2,025 hours, of which 695 were on operations (72 sorties).

 

The pilot and meteorological flight commander has proved himself consistently to be a most keen and efficient captain of aircraft.  On one occasion his speedy and accurate reporting of an enemy U-boat enabled subsequent attacks to be carried out against it.  Persistently he has taken off on instruments in the face of most adverse weather, making possible the fine record of continuous daily flights which has recently been achieved by the Meteorological Flight.  He has displayed praiseworthy skill and devotion to duty.

 

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SMITH, F/O William Barton (J19490) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.692 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 9 December 1940.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 May 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 21 June 1941), and No.16 SFTS (graduated 28 February 1942).  Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.  No citation, "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//8772 has recommendation dated 19 May 1945 when he had flown 43 sorties (171 hours) as follows:

18 Nov 44      Wiesbaden                            2 Mar 45         Kassel

21 Nov 44      Hanover                                  3 Mar 45         Wurzburg

23 Nov 44      Berlin                                      8 Mar 45         Hanover

27 Nov 44      Berlin                                      11 Mar 45      Berlin

9 Dec 44        Berlin                                      12 Mar 45      Berlin

5 Jan 45         Berlin                                      13 Mar 45      Bremen

6 Jan 45         Berlin                                      16 Mar 45      Berlin

8 Jan 45         Hanover                                  17 Mar 45      Berlin

10 Jan 45       Hanover                                  30 Mar 45      Berlin

16 Jan 45       Magdeburg                            3 Apr 45         Magdeburg

18 Jan 45       Magdeburg                            5 Apr 45         Magdeburg

21 Jan 45       Kassel                                    9 Apr 45         Berlin

22 Jan 45       Hanover                                  11 Apr 45       Berlin

8 Feb 45        Mainz                                      12 Apr 45       Berlin

11 Feb 45      Hanover                                  14 Apr 45       Hamburg

18 Feb 45      Mannheim                              15 Apr 45       Berlin

19 Feb 45      Erfurt                                       17 Apr 45       Munich

21 Feb 45      Berlin                                      24 Apr 45       Kiel

22 Feb 45      Berlin                                      25 Apr 45       Munich

26 Feb 45      Nuremburg                             27 Apr 45       Husum

27 Feb 45      Berlin                                      3 May 45        Kiel

1 Mar 45         Erfurt

 

This officer has completed 43 operational sorties, some of which were against the most heavily defended targets in Germany, and includes 17 attacks on Berlin.  He has always shown himself to be an outstanding captain of aircraft, and has displayed a fine offensive spirit in pressing home his attacks with skill and determination.  For his courage and devotion to duty he is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SMITH, Corporal (now Sergeant) William Horace (R51945) - British Empire Medal - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1000-1001 dated 3 July 1942.  Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 31 October 1939.  Award presented 3 December 1942.

 

Corporal Smith is considered the outstanding ground crewman (Aero Engine Mechanic, Fitter) in No.10 (BR) Squadron, and his efforts have contributed to a major degree to the continual efficiency of his unit in carrying out reconnaissance work over the North Atlantic.  For these reasons he is strongly recommended for the above award.

 

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SMITH, S/L William John (J10553) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 1916 in Wilkie, Saskatchewan; home in Victoria (ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Halifax, 28 May 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942).  Commissioned March 1942.  Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.  Served in postwar RCAF.

 

Squadron Leader Smith has completed a large number of sorties during a tour of operations. He has always displayed a fine fighting spirit which was well demonstrated during an attack against Magdeburg in January 1945.  Soon after leaving the English coast the starboard inner engine of his aircraft failed and a little later the port outer engine also failed.  Although in consequence he was behind in timing and below the briefed bombing height, this officer pressed home his attack and successfully bombed the target.  As a flight commander Squadron Leader Smith has displayed outstanding leadership and devotion to duty of the highest order.

 

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SMITH, W/C William McKay (C778) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born in Winnipeg, 5 April 1913.  Educated, University of Manitoba (B.Sc., electrical engineering).  Draughtsman. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 5 July 1937; served at Vancouver until outbreak of war.  Initially served at Debert, Saskatoon, and No.2 Training Command Headquarters.  Overseas, July 1942 to August 1943; then to WACHQ until July 1946.  Award presented 1 February 1946.  Remained in postwar RCAF.

 

This officer's work in equipment and supply administration has produced excellent results.  The leadership, devotion to duty and cheerful willingness to surmount all obstacles have won for this officer the admiration and respect of all with whom he has been associated.  As Senior Equipment Staff Officer his contribution to the war effort has been outstanding.  The efficiency, initiative and energy he has displayed have been most praiseworthy.

 

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SMITH, F/L William Robert (J18361) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 24 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 1921 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 22 July 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.14 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942.  Commissioned July 1943.  Killed in action 25 February 1944 (Lancaster DS791, No.408 Squadron); buried in Germany.  Award presented at Government House to next-of-kin, 7 November 1949.

 

This officer has completed as pilot and captain of aircraft many successful operations against the enemy in the course of which he has displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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SMITH, S/L William Watson (C878) - Air Force Cross - No.5 EFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Enlisted at Calgary, 18 June 1938.  Had previously organized Calgary Flying Club.  Award presented 30 March 1944.  Died in Paris, Ontario, age 75, on 23 October 1980.

 

This officer has been engaged in Flying Instructor duties since May, 1939.  During this period he has flown 1,900 hours, his hours having been limited by his employment on administrative duties as Chief Flying Instructor.  The number of hours flown by Squadron Leader Smith totals 4,700.  In this time he has never been involved in any accident causing damage to aircraft or injuries to personnel.  He has been responsible for the organization of the flying training at this unit since its inception in 1940.  Prior to that time, he supervised the training of Provisional Pilot Officers in his capacity as Chief Flying Instructor and Manager of a civilian-operated school.  This officer's efficiency and conscientious devotion to duty have been an inspiration to all officers and students under his command.

 

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SMITHBOWER, F/O Richard Joseph (C17182) - Mention in Despatches - No.239 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Home in Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted there 12 April 1941.  No citation.  NOTE: "Smith-Bower" ?

 

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SMITHMAN, F/O Ernest Lloyd (J35822) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 18 September 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943).  Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 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.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recomendation by W/C G.A. Tambling dated 19 May 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (190 hours 40 minutes).  Of these, six were with No.424 Squadron (14 July to 9 August 1944) and the rest with No.433 (6 December 1944 to 3 May 1945 - last sortie recalled from Gardening).

 

This officer, Navigator in the crew captained by Flight Lieutenant Strelchuk, has now completed twenty-nine trips over enemy territory including several long distance targets which called for a high degree of navigational ability.

 

Flying Officer Smithman has at all times displayed courage and coolness of a very high order and his exceptional skill and devotion to duty has contributed much to the successful completion of his operational flights including many specialist mining sorties.  He has also taken a very keen interest in the working of his section where his experience and advice has done much to improve the efficiency of the junior members of the Navigation section.

 

I consider that this officer, by his co-operative and unselfish example, plus his splendid record of achievement, fully merits the award of the Distingusihed Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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SMITTEN, Sergeant Leslie (R60902) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 15 August 1941 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1292/41 dated 7 November 1941. Born Calgary, 1918; home in Edmonton; enlisted there 29 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.3 AOS and Nos.2 BGS (graduated 19 December 1940).  Arrived overseas in May 1941.  With No.9 Squadron, 28 June to 11 August 1941.  Invested with award by King George VI, 5 May 1942.  First reported sortie with unit was 5/6 July 1941 (Munster).  Cited with Sergeant Jack Cyril Saich (RAF).  Incident was 14/15 July 1941 (Wellinton T2619).

 

Sergeants Saich and Smitten were captain and navigator of an aircraft engaged in an attack on a target at Bremen one night in July.  When over Bremen the aircraft was caught and held by a large concentration of searchlights and immediately subjected to most intense and accurate fire from the ground defences.  One shell burst wounded the rear gunner and cut the hydraulic controls of the turret, and a second set fire to the fabric of the fuselage.  In a few seconds the fire spread backwards to the tail fin.  Sergeant Smitten endeavoured to reach the rear gunner, but being driven back by the fire, he attacked it with an extinguisher and successfully subdued it.  He then succeeded, with difficulty, in releasing the injured rear gunner who was trapped in his damaged turret.  During this time another shell splinter ignited the forced landing flares in the port mainplane, but these burnt through and fell away from the aircraft.  Despite all these hazards, Sergeant Saich successfully extricated his aircraft from this area and set course for home.  In spite of the damage sustained he succeeded, with the skilful navigation of Sergeant Smitten, in reaching the shores of this country where he made a forced landing without further injury to the crew.  Both airmen displayed great courage, coolness and determination.

 

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SMYTH, F/L Eldon Robert (J19459) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Home in Trochu, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 14 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 August 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 3 January 1942).  Award sent by registered mail 11 March 1950.  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 dated 15 April 1945 when he had completed 36 sorties (220 hours 15 minutes), 25 August 1944 to 21 March 1945.

 

This officer has, since August 1944, made thirty-six sorties over enemy territory, and has attacked many of the heavily defended targets including Hamburg, Cologne (4), Dortmund, Essen and Dresden.

 

The successful completion of these operational sorties was due largely to the initiative, resourcefulness and skilful airmanship of this officer.  His tenacity, endurance and fine offensive spirit have undoubtedly inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.

 

Flight Lieutenant Smyth's aircraft has on numerous occasions been attacked by enemy aircraft, but despite this he has always pressed home his attacks with courageous determination.  He has shown exceptional qualities of leadership and fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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