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    Default F/l g. Wood-smith dfc

    Hello,

    In Air-Britain book UK Flight Testing Accident 1940-71, a F/L G. Wood-Smith DFC is mentioned for Brigand RH753 crash on 02.07.52 (p115). I found no Wood-Smith listed as a DFC holder. I might have missed his name or he changed his name afterwards.

    Can anyone help to identify this pilot who was killed in the crash by the way?


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    Phil

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    Default Re: F/l g. Wood-smith dfc

    Hello,

    There was a:

    F/O (Pilot) Gordon Wood SMITH DFC (176513) RAFVR - 514 Sqn RAF, LG: 6/2/1945:p.760.

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...supplement/760 (later F/L. 1951)

    Col.
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    Default Re: F/l g. Wood-smith dfc

    Hello

    It is indeed him.

    Gordon Wood Smith's DFC was briefly reported in the Aberdeen Express on February 26th 1945:

    Flying Officer Gordon Wood Smith, a young Harrogate airman, who has been awarded the D.F.C. is a grandson of Mr George Gordon Smith...[whose] son, father of the new D.F.C., is now a police inspector in Harrogate.

    The Brigand crash was reported in several newspapers in 1952, including the Yorkshire Post of July 3rd 1952:

    Bomber Pilot a Yorkshireman
    Flight Lieut. Gordon Wood Smith, pilot of the R.A.F. fighter bomber which crashed on to a housing estate at Salisbury yesterday, was the 30 year old son of ex-police inspector G. T. Smith.
    Smith, who perished with a civilian photographer, the only other occupant, was born at Harrgoate, where his father was formerly an inspector in the West Riding Constabulary.


    The civilian photographer is named as Mr. Dennis Edwin Purse in other reports.

    Regards

    Simon
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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    Problem solved! Thanks to you two

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