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Name: Benjamin Roxburgh-Smith
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar
Croix de Guerre [Belgium]
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 60, 74
Victories: 22
Born: 10 April 1884
Place of Birth: Lee, S.E. London
Died:  
Place of Death:  
 
 
A married man from Bromley, Surrey, Roxburgh-Smith was in his thirties when he joined the Royal Flying Corps. Quite a bit older than his peers, he became known as "Dad." In 1917, while serving with 60 Squadron, he was injured in a crash while flying the Nieuport Scout. Returning to duty, he served as a flight instructor before being posted to France with 74 Squadron in 1918.   Eventually becoming a flight commander, he flew the S.E.5a with Edward Mannock's flight. On 19 July 1918, after scoring his eighth victory, Roxburgh Smith was shot down but survived with only minor injuries. By the end of the war, he achieved 22 victories and was the third highest scoring ace to serve with 74 Squadron.

Listed as "Benjamin Roxburgh Smith" in the birth registry (2nd quarter 1884, at Wandsworth, Greater London).
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lieut. (T./Capt.) Benjamin Roxburgh- Smith.
   This officer has shot down six enemy aeroplanes during the last few months. Bold in attack, skilful in defence, he is a valuable airman."
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
"Lt (A./Capt.) Benjamin Roxburgh-Smith, D.F.C., (FRANCE)
   A leader of outstanding merit whose influence has had a great effect on maintaining the morale of his squadron. He has engaged in many combats with hostile aeroplanes, displaying marked skill and courage. Since May last he has accounted for twelve hostile machines."
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Apr 1918 1440 74 S.E.5a Albatros D.V (DES) 1 Bois de Phalempin
2 29 Apr 1918 1150 74 S.E.5a LVG C (DES) Dickebusch Lake
3 06 May 1918 1520 74 S.E.5a (C1108) Fokker DR.I (DES) 2 NE of Ypres
4 12 May 1918 1825 74 S.E.5a (C1108) Pfalz D.III (DES) N of Wulverghem
5 26 May 1918 1930 74 S.E.5a (C1108) Pfalz D.III (DES) Doullieu
6 17 Jun 1918 0845 74 S.E.5a (D6855) Fokker D.VII (DES) 4 mi SE of Dickebusch
7 18 Jun 1918 1745 74 S.E.5a (D6855) DFW C (OOC) 1 mi S of Bailleul
8 19 Jul 1918 0850 74 S.E.5a (E5949) Pfalz D.III (DES) NE of Gheluvelt
9 10 Aug 1918 1900 74 S.E.5a Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Messines
10 17 Aug 1918 0905 74 S.E.5a (D6976) Fokker D.VII (OOC) N of Houthoulst Forest
11 19 Aug 1918 1930 74 S.E.5a Fokker D.VII (DES) Houthem
12 23 Aug 1918 1905 74 S.E.5a Fokker D.VII (DESF) Passchendaele
13 23 Aug 1918 1933 74 S.E.5a Fokker D.VII (DESF) Passchendaele
14 21 Sep 1918 1845 74 S.E.5a Fokker D.VII (OOC) Lille
15 24 Sep 1918 1045 74 S.E.5a Rumpler C (DES) 3 Capinghem
16 26 Sep 1918 1130 74 S.E.5a (D6976) Fokker D.VII (DES) SE of Warneton
17 26 Sep 1918 1510 74 S.E.5a (D6976) DFW C (DES) 3 3 mi SE of Armentières
18 05 Oct 1918 0930 74 S.E.5a (D6976) Fokker D.VII (DES) 3 mi SW of Roulers
19 05 Oct 1918 0930 74 S.E.5a (D6976) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 3 mi SW of Roulers
20 14 Oct 1918 1500 74 S.E.5a Fokker D.VII (OOC) Courtrai
21 14 Oct 1918 1520 74 S.E.5a Fokker D.VII (DES) Lauwe
22 14 Oct 1918 1525 74 S.E.5a Fokker D.VII (DES) Reckem

1 Shared with Capt Edward Mannock, Lt Henry Dolan, Lt Percy Howe, Lt Harris Clements
2 Shared with Maj Keith Caldwell
3 Shared with Lt George Hicks
 
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