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    Hi,

    Looking for any details relating to a Sgt David Smith DFM, especially concerning 11 O.T.U involvement in the 1000 Bomber operations of May / June 1942. Could someone please check in Sgt Smith participated in these raids, or any other while screened.

    Thanks in advance.

    Steve
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    What would have been his trade, Steve?

    In May and June of 42, we have Smiths, all with no initials as pilot, nav, a P/O nav and a rear gunner on ops.

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    Dave,

    Yes a very common name !!!

    Sorry mate, he was a pilot. Posted in August 1941, out around April 1943.

    Kind regards

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    Hi Steve,

    No initials given.

    Cologne 30-31/5/42 Wellington R1407 KJ-N up 2244, down 0416

    Sgt Smith (pilot)
    Sgt Rees (nav)
    Sgt Akehurst (w/op)
    Sgt Tate (f a/g)
    Sgt Burt (r a/g)

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    Call sign 5QXN. Target attacked 2x 500 GP. 240x4 Incend. dropped 0105-0112 hrs. Hgt. 12,000ft. Photos - nil. Results - Bursts observed in the centre of town. Casualties - nil. Medium to heavy flak encountered. Weather - as above (fine. cloud nil. visibility good)

    Essen 1-2/6/42 Wellington T2502 KJ-D up 2324, down 0340

    Same crew as Cologne.

    Callsign 3AQ-R Failed to reach target. Oil overheating in both engines. Rear turret u/s. Intercom trouble. Furthest point reached ZALTBOOME (Dutch coast) 0090 degrees, 5 mls. 0036 hrs 10,000ft. 2x500 (N&T inst) and 240x4 Incend. brought back. Photos - Nil. Casualties - Nil. Weather - Hazy, cloud 8/10s over N. Sea. Vis - Good

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    Dave

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    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for the detailed reply.

    Was there only one pilot named Smith, on the OTU strength at this time? I don't want to presume this is "my" David Smith DFM. David Smith was promoted to pilot officer June 11th 1942, so it could be my man.

    Thanks again.

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    Yes, only Smith pilot, Steve

    I looked ahead in the ORB and there's a pilot P/O D. Smith 13-14/9/42 on Bremen. Different crew than above.

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    Dave

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    Dave,

    Thank you for looking, this could also be "my" David Smith.

    Sorry to be a pain, what Wellington was he flying and did he complete the sortie?

    Steve
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    T2617, TX-Q, up at 2341, down 0454. Target attacked at 0225 hrs. 10,000ft. 480x4 lb incendiaries. Bombs dropped in target area, many fires seen to start.

    I would suggest that, given your info that he was commissioned in June, that they are one and the same.

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    Dave,

    Thank you, I believe it could be.

    Steve
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