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Name: Emerson Arthur Lincoln Fisher Smith
Country: Canada
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 45
Victories: 7
Born: 07 September 1896
Place of Birth: York, Ontario, Canada
Died:
Place of Death:
 
 
Emerson Smith was promoted to temporary 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) on 16 June 1917. That summer, flying the Sopwith 1½ Strutter, he scored his first victory on 21 August, downing an Albatros D.III southeast of Ypres. Shortly thereafter, 45 Squadron was re-equipped with Sopwith Camels and Smith scored six more victories before he was shot down by Joachim von Busse of Jasta 3 on 26 October 1917. Wounded in the chest and left arm, he crashed behind enemy lines and was captured.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 21 Aug 1917 1000 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter 1 Albatros D.III (DES) SE of Ypres
2 09 Sep 1917 1630 45 Sopwith Camel (B3791) Albatros C (DESF) Comines
3 09 Sep 1917 1635 45 Sopwith Camel (B3791) Albatros C (OOC) 3 mi E of Ypres
4 10 Sep 1917 1730 45 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.III (OOC) Houthoulst Forest
5 20 Sep 1917 1825 45 Sopwith Camel C (DESF) 2 Passchendaele
6 21 Sep 1917 1840 45 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V (OOC) Passchendaele
7 01 Oct 1917 1220 45 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V (OOC) Quesnoy

1 Observer Gnr H Grenner
2 Shared with Lt Henry Moody, Lt Raymond Brownell
 
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