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Name: Francis Ryan "Frank" Smith
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Francis Smith
Country: Australia
Rank: Captain
Service: Australian Flying Corps
Unit: 2 (AFC)
Victories: 16
Born: 1896
Place of Birth: Brisbane, Queensland
Died:  
Place of Death:  
 
 
Smith was wounded on 8 July 1918. On 10 November 1918, he was shot down by ground fire behind German lines but wasn't captured.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (A./Capt.) Francis Ryan Smith, M.C. (Australian F.C.). (FRANCE)
   This officer combines high individual enterprise and determination with exceptionally able leadership. These qualities were conspicuous on 14th October, when, leading a patrol of five machines, he saw a formation of twelve Fokker biplanes above him. Relying on the co-operation of another higher formation of Bristol machines, he, deliberately manoeuvred his formation into a disadvantageous position in order that our higher patrol might be able to attack the enemy while the latter's attention was concentrated upon destroying his, Lt. Smith's, formation. The stratagem was entirely successful, with the result that two enemy machines were destroyed and two others were believed to crash. The Fokkers were then reinforced by eight more machines, and in the ensuing combat Lt. Smith shot down one in flames, his patrol destroying two others. We suffered no casualties.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 09 May 1918 1750 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C9496) Pfalz D.III (DES) 1 Marcoing
2 02 Jun 1918 1905 2 (AFC) S.E.5a Pfalz D.III (OOC) 2 Clery
3 04 Jul 1918 1920 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (D6190) Fokker D.VII (DES) Capinghem
4 07 Aug 1918 0630 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6403) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Wavrin
5 03 Sep 1918 1720 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6403) Fokker D.VII (OOC) NW of Cambrai
6 06 Sep 1918 1900 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6403) Fokker D.VII (DES) NNE of Douai
7 16 Sep 1918 0730 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6403) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Lille
8 16 Sep 1918 0730 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6403) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Lille
9 24 Sep 1918 1030 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6403) Albatros C (OOC) 3 La Bassée-Bethune
10 24 Sep 1918 1820 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6403) Fokker D.VII (DES) S of Capinghem
11 09 Oct 1918 1015 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6403) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Lille-Armentières
12 09 Oct 1918 1015 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6403) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Lille-Armentières
13 14 Oct 1918 1100 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6403) Fokker D.VII (DES) W of Roubaix
14 14 Oct 1918 1100 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6403) Fokker D.VII (DES) N of Mouvaux
15 14 Oct 1918 1600 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6403) Fokker D.VII (DES) Havron
16 14 Oct 1918 1600 2 (AFC) S.E.5a (C6403) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Havron

1 Shared with Lt J A Adam (D4895)
2 Shared with Lt W Q Adams (D3429), Capt Adrian Cole, Lt H E Hamilton
3 Shared with Capt Roby Manuel
 
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