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    Default Sgt Sidney H. P. Smith 'Syndey' ? Smith Bale Out Dec 3 1937 Bristol Blenheim 114 Sqn

    From

    Hull Daily Mail
    Fri 03 Dec 1937
    THREE ESCAPE IN PLANE CRASH
    One man escaped by parachute and two others were uninjured when R.A.F. bomber clashed at Hinckley, Leicestershire, to-day, striking and killing a horse. The machine, which apparently got into difficulties when flying low, hit a hedge and one of its twin engines was torn away. Pilot Officer (sic) S. H. P. Smith, landed safely by parachute. Corporal T. E. Barnes and Aircraftman A. E. Dearn were helped from the wreckage and escaped with a few bruises.

    This is Bristol Blenheim K7110 of 114 Sqn


    Barnes took over control of aircraft and even though he had only had 2 hours dual piloting instruction he managed to crash laned the aircraft for which he was awarded the AFM

    The London Gazette Air Ministry. March 1. Royal Air Force The King has been graciously pleased to approve ol the following award in recognition of exceptional courage and devotion to duty displayed on the occasion of the forced landing of an aircraft near Hinckley on December 3, 1937 : Awarded the Air Force Medal. 511912 Corporal T. E. Barnes.

    Sadly, Sgt 'Barney' Barnes was killed in action on 15 February 1941 while piloting Blenheim T2125 on a weather reconnaissance of Flushing harbour.

    However, I am trying to ID Sgt S. H. P. Smith - I known his first name is Sidney or Sydney and he attended a court martial over this incident at Wyton in March 1938

    Can anyone provide his full name and service number?

    Many Thanks

    Paul

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    Maybe

    Sidney Harold Philip Smith #565035

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