Flight Lieutenant David Smith DFM

D Smith DFC

David Smith DFM 1941

Crew                                                     : Flight Lieutenant David Smith

Service Number                                     : 748133 / 127802

Awards                                                   :DFC – DFM

Awarded                                                 : DFM 23.09.1941 / DFC 12.11.1943

Citation                                                :

D.F.M (No.115 Squadron)

On July 1st 1941 Sergeant Smith was detailed as captain of his aircraft to proceed with two other aircraft on a sweep over the North Sea in search of a dinghy.  He become separated from the other two aircraft and was shortly after attacked by three Me.109’s. His rear gunner opened fire but, after the first burst both guns jammed. Sergeant Smith descended to sea level and turned into a westerly course at full throttle. After a few minute, the rear gunner managed o get one of the guns going again and opened fire. The attack was maintained for 17 minutes during which time Sergeant Smith displayed great skill and courage. It was almost entirely due to the superb way in which he handles his aircraft that the aircraft and crew were brought safely back to base. The enemy broke off the engagement when only five minutes from the English coast. On his many operations, this airman has at all times shown the highest standard of skill, imitative and courage and has proved himself to be a splendid captain and bomber pilot.

 Remarks by Station Commander

 In addition to the above Sergeant Smith has carried out 30 successful operations against the enemy. On all these operations, his one aim has been to get to the target and hit it. His coolness and resolution in the face of all types of opposition has been an outstanding example to his crew. Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 D.F.C ( No.90 Squadron)

 No citation found.

Known Postings

No.20 O.T.U

No.115 Squadron                            : 07.12.1940

No.11 O.T.U                                    : 20.08.1941

No.1651 Con.Unit                            :29.04.1943

No.90 Squadron                               :31.05.1943 “B” Flight Commander

No.623 Squadron                             :18.09.1943 “B” Flight Commander

No.26 O.T.U                                     :26.11.1943

Promotions

Sergeant                                              :

Pilot Officer                                        : 11.06.1942 (LG 28.08.1942)

Flying Officer                                      : 02.01.1943 (LG 11.05.1943)

Flight Lieutenant                                : 12.12.1943 (LG 29.02.1944

Acting Squadron Leader                               :

Operations Flown

No.115 Squadron RAF Marham, Vickers Wellington Mk.Ic

22.12.1940

Flight Lieutenant Van

2nd Pilot

R1211 KO-R

Mannheim

Duty Carried Out

01.01.1941

Flight Lieutenant Van

2nd Pilot

R1211 KO-R

Bremen

Duty Carried Out

09.01.1941

Sergeant Palmer

2nd Pilot

R3237 KO-D

Rotterdam

Duty Carried Out

15.01.1941

Sergeant Palmer

2nd Pilot

R3237 KO-D

Wilhelmshaven

Duty Carried Out

11.02.1941

Flight Lieutenant Clyde-Smith

2nd Pilot

L7895 KO-G

Hannover

Duty Carried Out

15.02.1941

Flight Lieutenant Clyde-Smith

2nd Pilot

R3237 KO-D

B.26 Dortmund (Electrical Power Station V.E.W)

Bombed target with success all bombs fell 60 degrees between buildings in docks

28.02.1941

Sergeant Palmer

2nd Pilot

T2560 KO-E

GG.3366  (Wilhelmshaven Naval Dock Yard)

Bombed from 9000ft. Unable to locate the fall of bombs. A very large deep red fire followed the release of their bombs.  Gable end of a very large building was seen for a moment on fire.

02.03.1941

Sergeant Palmer

2nd Pilot

T2560 KO-E

Brest

No comments recorded  ( RAF Marham Station records book records LANDED NEAR BATH )

30.03.1941

Sergeant Palmer

2nd Pilot

T2560 KO-E

CC.49 Brest

Dropped one stick SW to NE over dry dock area,  no burst seen and no warships visible. One bomb failed to release. Bombed 10,000ft.

03.04.1941

Sergeant Palmer

2nd Pilot

T2560 KO-E

CC.49 Brest

Located and attacked target from 7500ft. Bombs were dropped SW to NE across docks.  5 bursts were seen straddling target.  On return was attacked by enemy fighter over Marham aerodrome. Rear gunner fired 20 rounds at fighter but no claims were made. Visibility was very poor.

16.04.1941

Sergeant Palmer

2nd Pilot

R1034 KO-R

Bremen

Owing to cloud most of the incendiaries fell into water and no H.E burst were seen.

25.04.1941

Pilot

R1034 KO-R

Emden

Dropped one stick SW to NE over target area (Bremerhaven) Town and docks visible, but no results were seen. Bombing height 10,000ft.

30.04.1941

Pilot

L7895 KO-E

Kiel  / Emden

Dropped all bombs of jetties east side. 3 fires were observed immediately after bomb burst.  Bombing height 14,000ft

03.05.1941

Pilot

L7895 KO-E

Brest

Dropped one stock E to W over target all bursts were seen. On arrival over target 3 fires were seen on leaving 6 fires were seen.  Three of them very large. Bombing height was 14,000ft. On return journey was forced to land at Harmey Down.

05.05.1941

Pilot

L7895 KO-E

Mannheim

One stick SE to NW over built up area, presumed Mannheim seen through gap in cloud.  Four bursts seen.

07.05.1941

Pilot

R1500 KO-K

Mannheim

Bombed dropped NW of westerly dry dock.  One burst seen, two orange fires observed.

10.05.1941

Pilot

L7895 KO-E

Hamburg

Did not proceed to GR.3587 (Blohm & Voss werks)  owing to the inability of aircraft to maintain height and extreme cold.

16.05.1941

Pilot

L7895 KO-E

Cologne

Target no exactly located, dropped bombs in relation to Hohenzollern Bridge.  Fires seen through haze after bombing, still bombing at 0220hrs

10.06.1941

Pilot

R1063 KO-D

Bremen

Unable to locate target and was forced to jettison  his bombs safe in the sea at 0416hrs owing to a shortage of petrol.

12.06.1941

Pilot

R1063 KO-D

Hamm

Bombing from 10,000ft dropped on stick N to S over target area near fire that illuminated railway yards, river and canal.  Bursts were seen and one larger fire started.

13.06.1941

Pilot

R1063 KO-D

Brest

Observed the target on run up but smoke screen drifted over before results of bombing could be seen.

15.06.1941

Pilot

R1063 KO-D

Cologne

Unable to locate the target, retained his bombs for the invasion ports but was forced to jettison them on account of daylight being so well advanced.

17.06.1941

Pilot

R1063 KO-D

Hannover /Dusseldorf

Could not locate the aiming point so bombed a larger factory like building.  A fire and electrical blue flashes  obscured up to ½ mile distant.

20.06.1941

Pilot

T2963 KO-A

Kiel

Bombs dropped from 12,000ft into target area, but no results observed.

23.06.1941

Pilot

R1798 KO-B

Kiel / Cologne

Bombing from 13,000ft dropped all bombs  SE to N of town area starting various small fires. Position unseen due to intense haze.

26.06.1941

Pilot

R1063 KO-D

Cologne

Returned with all his bombs due to inclement weather.

29.06.1941

Pilot

R1063 KO-D

Hamburg / Bremen

Bombed from 12,000ft dropped one stick W to E to W over town.  Two bursts seen and two fires started.  Aircraft later got off course and ended up over Heligoland and bombed Bremerhaven owing to time getting short.

04.07.1941

Pilot

X9765 KO-Z

Brest

Bombed from 13,000ft dropped all bombs E to W  near Scharnhorst. No results seen other than flashes below smoke screen on  east bank. Large red fire seen in town area. Landed Chivenor.

06.07.1941

Pilot

X9765 KO-Z

Brest

Bombed from 14,400ft bombs dropped on approximate aiming point increasing existing fires.  40 decent fires seen burning . Flash bomb failed to explode.

14.07.1941

Pilot

Z8779 KO-X

Hannover / Madgeburg

Bombing was from 14,000ft dropped bombs on target area. Large red fire started.  Observed to be what appeared an aircraft receive a direct hit and blow up while caught in cone of searchlight.

 1st TOUR COMPLETED

 Posted to No.11 Operational Training Unit RAF Bassingbourne 20.08.1941

Ongoing research into this period.

 No.90 Squadron “B” Flight. Short Stirling Mk.III  RAF West Wickham (Wratting Common)

2nd TOUR

03.06.1943

Pilot

BK784 WP-P

Mining

Deodors

Mines jettisoned safe at position 49.59N – 01.01W at 02.00hrs from 5000ft owing to starboard outer oil pressure dropping.

21.06.1943

Pilot

BK779 WP-L

Krefeld

Attacked target at 02.02hrs from 14,000ft dropping 96 x 30ib Incend 9956 x 4lb Incend & 174 x 4lb “X” Incend. Weather good, red and green TI markers seen, Red TI Markers bombed.  Extensive large fires seen. Package G24 dropped in Krefeld area. Photo attempted, route as ordered.

22.06.1943

Pilot

BF464 WP-C

Mulheim

Attacked at 0138hrs from 12,000ft. Target identified by yellow, red and greens. One cluster of reds seen from a distance several minutes before bombing. Greens constant at intervals on approach, Greens in sights. Concentrated attack and good blaze. Aircraft coned by about 20 searchlights from S of Duisburg for about 10 minutes on way out. Height was lost from 12,000ft to 4000ft and S/L were eventually left behind by keeping on course. Route as ordered.

24.06.1943

Pilot

BK783 WP-D

Wuppertal

Returned early unable to maintain height. 88 x 30lb + 918 x 4lb and 162 x 4lb “X” incendiaries jettisoned at 0018hrs, starboard inner overheating.

25.06.1943

Pilot

EE896 WP-J

Gelsenkirchen

Attacked Red & Green stars over target, incendiaries seen on ground at 01.34hrs. Dropping 88 x 30lb – 918 x 4lb – 162 x 4lb X Type incendiaries from 16,000ft. Breaks at time and ground was seen, about 8000ft.  Incendairies burning in area, one large explosion seen,  three attempts before bombs released. Route as ordered.

28.06.1943

Pilot

EE896 WP-J

Cologne

Attacked target at 01.54hrs,  dropping 918 x 4lb – 162 x 4lb X Type and 88 x 30lb incendiaries from 12,000ft. Visibility above cloud was good, not observed. Route as ordered.

 “B” Flight Commander

03.07.1943

Pilot

EE896 WP-J

Cologne

Bombed at 01.30hrs from 12,000ft.  96 x 30lb – 612 x 4lb – 108 x 4lb “X” dropped. Identified by Red and Greens. Two red & green stars at 0123hrs. Result big mass of flames with smoke, one fire S of aiming point seen 150 miles away.

13.07.1943

Pilot

BK779 WP-L

Aachen

Bombed at 01.58hrs from 12000ft with 689 x 4lb – 162 x 4lb “X” – 80 x 30lb incendiaries. Identified by reds in sight. Results Reds well clustered with bursts of HE and incendiaries around.  

24.07.1943

Pilot

BK779 WP-L

Hamburg

2nd pilot Sgt S Mason

Bombed target at 01.20hrs from 14,000ft with 1 x 2000lb – 450 x 4lb – 48 x 30lb incendiaries. Identified by red and greens. Results good fires well concentrated  several large explosions and later large column of smoke up to 12,000ft.

25.07.1943

Pilot

BK779 WP-L

Essen

Attacked target at 00.47hrs from 15,000ft with 3 x 500lb – 5 x 90lb – 15 x 8 x 30lb incendiaries. Identified by Red & Greens.  Results good fires and many explosions.  One around 00.50hrs also at 01.10hrs

10.08.1943

Pilot

BK779 WP-L

Nuremburg

Attacked at 01.21hrs from 14,000ftwith 630 x 4lb – 58 x 30lb. Identified by Red & Greens. Results scattered fires just developing.

12.08.1943

Pilot

BK779 WP-L

Turin

Attacked target at 01.19hrs from 15,500ft with 2 x 500lb – 360 x 4lb – 40x 30lb incendiaries. Identified by Red & Greens TI’s. Results big explosion at 01.28hrs.

16.08.1943

Pilot

BK779 WP-L

Turin

Attacked target at 00.24hrs from 15,000ft with 1 x 500lb – 104 x 30lb incendiaries. Identified by & Greens TI’s. Results one very big explosion at 01.21hrs.

27.08.1943

Pilot

EF497  WP-L

Nuremburg

Attacked target at 00.47hrs from 13,000ft with 720 x 4lb – 56 x 30lb incendiaries. Identified built up areas and Red & Greens TI’s. Results good fires

30.08.1943

Pilot

EF497  WP-L

Munchen Gladbach

2nd pilot F/O Bourk

Attacked target at 02.23hrs from 11,500ft with 1080 x 4lb – 96 x 30lb incendiaries. Identified by Red & Greens TI’s. Results bombing scattered some well short of TI’s what appeared to be dummy or incendiaries well south of A/P. No TI’s seen to south

31.08.1943

Pilot

EF497  WP-L

BERLIN

Attacked target at 23.43hrs from 13,000ft with 2 x 500lb – 450 x 4lb – 40 x 30lb incendiaries. Identified built up areas and Red & Greens TI’s. Results scattered fires

16.09.1943

Pilot

EF497  WP-L

Modane

Attacked target at 00.31hrs from 16,000ft with 540 x 4lb – 56 x 30lb incendiaries. Identified Greens TI’s. Results concentrated glow of fires.

No.623 Squadron “B” Flight. Short Stirling Mk.III  RAF Downham Market

22.09.1943

Pilot

EF493 IC-A

Hannover

2nd pilot P/O Muir RCAF

This aircraft bombed the target on Green TI markers and concentrated were reported with much smoke. An enemy aircraft (Ju88) attacked but was claimed shot down by the mid upper gunner and rear gunner over the target area. Our aircraft had starboard wing tip shot off during combat but returned safely to base.

2nd  TOUR COMPLETED

Acting Squadron Leader Smith DFC DFM and his crew were posted off No.623 over the following weeks, Smith eventually was posted to No.26 O.T.U on November 26th 1943. He survived the war.