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Name: Maurice Le Blanc-Smith
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Maurice Le Blanc-Smith
Country: England
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 18, 73
Victories: 7
Born: 23 February 1896
Place of Birth: Leatherhead, Surrey, England
Died: 29 October 1986
Place of Death: England
The son of Stanley and Amy (Harris) Le Blanc-Smith, Maurice Le Blanc-Smith received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 1440 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Brooklands on 14 July 1915. As a bomber and reconnaissance pilot during 1915 and 1916, he flew the Airco D.H.2 and Vickers Gunbus while serving with 18 Squadron. In 1918, he was reassigned to 73 Squadron, where he scored all of his victories as a Sopwith Camel pilot.

Listed as Maurice Leblanc-Smith in some secondary sources.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Capt. Maurice Le Blanc-Smith.
   A very efficient officer and successful patrol leader, who, during the late operations, has done great execution in attacking ground targets. On a recent occasion he attacked five enemy aeroplanes, destroying one and driving down another out of control.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 10 Mar 1918 1415 73 Sopwith Camel (B5572) Fokker DR.I (DES) W of Bohain
2 16 May 1918 73 Sopwith Camel D (DES) S of Arras-Cambrai Road
3 06 Jun 1918 1035 73 Sopwith Camel (D1794) Fokker D.VII (DES) S of Roye
4 12 Jun 1918 1000 73 Sopwith Camel (D1794) Albatros D.V (DES) N of Courcelles
5 12 Jun 1918 1915 73 Sopwith Camel (D1794) Fokker D.VII (CAP) W of Tricot
6 12 Jun 1918 1950 73 Sopwith Camel (D1794) Albatros D.V (CAP) W of Tricot
7 21 Jul 1918 2000 73 Sopwith Camel (D8164) Fokker DR.I (DES) 1 NE of Oulchy-le-Château

1 Shared with Maj R H Freeman (D1918), Lt Gavin Graham, Lt William Stephenson (C8296), 2Lt K S Laurie (B7874), Lt William Sidebottom (D8199), 2Lt Robert Chandler (D1922), Lt J Balfour (D8114)
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