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Smith, James Robert Croix de Guerre (France) (2nd Lieutenant)

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Birth Date: 1891-05-08 (age )

Born: Harray, Orkney Islands, Scotland

James Bell Smith & Annie Merriman

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Home: Prince Edward, Saskatchewan

Enlistment: Ottawa, Ontario

Enlistment Date: 1915-11-20

Decorations: Croix de Guerre (France)

Service
RAF
Unit
18 (BR) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Animo Et Fide (With courage and faith)
Rank
2nd Lieutenant
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
observer/gunner
Service Numbers
Smith was Scots born, but emigrated to Prince Edward, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1910. He worked there as a mechanical and electrical engineer until 1912. He returned to the United Kingdom after the outbreak of war in the latter months of 1914. Smith enlisted in the Canadian Engineers at the outbreak of war in November, 1914. On 1915-01-20, Smith went to Ottawa and volunteered for military service. After serving in France he transferred to the RFC. Once in, he served as an observer/gunner in the FE.2bs of 18 Squadron. He scored his first aerial victory on the day after Christmas 1916. On 1917-04-06, he scored his fifth victory. Five days later, a stomach wound suffered in action removed him from duty. He recovered to serve in three Home Defence Squadrons during 1918. On 1918-08-06, he injured his left eye. He came back from that wound to serve in 78 squadron. He returned to Canada in late 1919.

18 (BR) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Animo Et Fide

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