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Name: Kenneth Arthur Seth-Smith
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 70
Victories: 7
Born: 19 October 1897
Place of Birth:
Died: 1978
Place of Death: Northumberland
The son of Martin Seth-Smith, Cadet Kenneth Arthur Seth-Smith, of the 3rd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) on 24 March 1915 and confirmed in rank on 2 November 1915. He was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps as a Flying Officer (Observer) on 12 May 1917. Posted to 70 Squadron, he scored his first victory from the backseat of a Sopwith 1½ Strutter in May 1917. By December, he was a pilot and scored six more victories flying the Sopwith Camel. He was downed by Max von Müller on 16 December 1917 and wounded in action on 23 March 1918. On 19 April 1918, he was promoted to Lieutenant.

AIR 76/472/64
Supplement to the London Gazette, 23 March 1915 (29109/2855)
The undermentioned Cadets and ex-Cadets of the Officers Training Corps to be Second Lieutenants, on probation. Dated 24th March, 1915: —
Kenneth Arthur Seth Smith, 3rd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers."

Supplement to the London Gazette, 2 November 1915 (29348/10771)
"The undermentioned Second Lieutenants (on probation) are confirmed in their rank: —
The Northumberland Fusiliers.

Kenneth Arthur Seth-Smith."

Supplement to the London Gazette, 19 February 1917 (29952/1740)
North'd Fus.—Lt. Kenneth Arthur Seth Smith, from a Spec. Res. Bn., to be 2nd Lt. 20th Feb. 1917, with seniority as from 19th Oct. 1916, and precedence next above H. F. Attwater, and to retain his higher rank and seniority in his present unit until ordered to join a Regular Unit."

Supplement to the London Gazette, 29 May 1917 (30100/5299).
Flying Officers (Observers).—
12th May 1917.
2nd Lt. K. A. Seth-Smith, North'd Fus., with seniority from 6th Mar. 1917, and to be secd."

Supplement to the London Gazette, 27 May 1918 (30705/6186)
"The undermentioned 2nd Lts to be Lts —
North'd Fus — 2nd Lt. K A Seth-Smith 19th Apr. 1918"

The London Gazette, 19 December 1919 (31698/15747)
"The undermentioned relinquish their temp. R.A.F. commns. on return to Army duty: —
Flying Officer K. A. Seth-Smith (Lt., Northumberland Fus.). 17th Nov. 1919."
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 04 May 1917 1025 70 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A8211) 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) E of Tournai
2 12 Dec 1917 0930 70 Sopwith Camel (B2499) Albatros D.V (OOC) Westroosebeke
3 27 Dec 1917 1050 70 Sopwith Camel (B2438) Albatros C (DES) 2 Zarren
4 22 Jan 1918 1035 70 Sopwith Camel (B2438) Albatros D.V (OOC) Oostnieuwkerke
5 29 Jan 1918 1255 70 Sopwith Camel (B2438) Albatros D.V (OOC) Moorslede
6 11 Mar 1918 1230 70 Sopwith Camel Balloon (DES) 3 Menin
7 12 Mar 1918 1250 70 Sopwith Camel (B7474) Albatros D.V (OOC) N of Wervicq

1 Pilot Sgt Skinner
2 Shared with 2Lt Frank Quigley, 2Lt Frank Hobson
3 Shared with Capt Frank Quigley, Lt Alfred Koch, Lt Walter Carlaw
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