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    Hello

    Can anyone tell me if there is a citation anywhere for the D.F.C. awarded to Flt. Lt. Sidney Smith of 186 Squadron in March 1945?

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    Hello again

    A quick update. I've had a look through the 186 Sqn ORB Form 541s between October 1944 and early 1945, and can see him on 15 Ops with 186 Squadron between October and December 1944. Nothing for January to March 1945.

    His Navigator on the majority of the Ops was J90173 P/O John Frederick Hartford, R.C.A.F., also awarded the D.F.C., and gazetted a week before Smith's. Hartford's citation from the RCAF Association website:

    This officer has completed many operations against heavily defended German targets with excellent results. On one occasion the control surfaces of his aircraft were severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire. With great ingenuity and resource, Pilot Officer Hartford assisted his pilot to improvise repairs with ropes and then navigated the aircraft safely back to base. His excellent navigational skill, determination and devotion to duty at all times have been most noteworthy.


    I wonder if Smith's D.F.C. award is for the same incident? Nothing untoward on any of the 13 Ops in the ORB Form 541 as far as I can see.

    Regards

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 30th November 2019 at 18:34. Reason: Correction

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    Simon,

    Sidney Smith had previously served on No.90 Sqn. On 5 October, 1944, 'C' Flight, No.90 Sqn reformed as No.186 Sqn., at Tuddenham. Smith flew his last op with No.90 Sqn to CALAIS on 27 September, 1944. No.186 Sqn's (and Smith's), first op was flown to BONN, on 18 October, 1944:

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ils/r/D8436567
    No.90 Sqn ORB (F.541) Record of Events - 1 Sept 1944 - 30 Sept 1944 - AIR 27/732/18 - Image No.68 of 71.

    It looks as if Smith picked up Hartford RCAF after transferring to No.186 Sqn (need to check!)..

    I haven't got the time to fully check Smith's career at No.90 Sqn., but it would be interesting to check if he flew a full tour with No.90/186 Sqns.

    Col.
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    Thanks for that Col. It occurred to me during the night that perhaps he could have been elsewhere before 186 Sqn.

    The 90 sqn ORB F.541 records 12 Ops for Smith in September, and the F.540 records that he was posted there on August 25th 1944 from No. 31 Base. Same crew make up as his 186 Sqn Ops, apart from the navigator is Sgt. D. L. Lewis, rather than Hartford.

    90 Sqn crew make-up:

    F/O Smith S. - Pilot
    Sgt. Lewis D. L. - Nav
    Sgt. Hernon G. P. - A/B
    F/S Woolhead E. G. A.42722 R.A.A.F. - WO/Air
    Sgt. McMinn E. - Mid Gunner [his initial is also recorded in the 90 Sqn ORB as A. and R. but the 186 Sqn ORB always records him as E.]
    Sgt. McLaren A. R. - Rear Gunner
    Sgt. Thom R. F. - F/Engr.
    plus:
    Sgt. Everett P. C. - Front Gunner (just a single Op with an extra gunner)

    Regards

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 1st December 2019 at 12:51. Reason: Added 90 sqn info

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