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Name: John Gordon Smith Cheetham Smith-Grant
Country: Scotland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 28, 70
Victories: 6
Born: 19 March 1893
Place of Birth: Glenlivet, Banffshire, Scotland
Died: 30 May 1918 Died From Wounds
Place of Death: France
Cemetery: Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme, France
Heir to the Glenlivet Distillery and son of Colonel and Mrs. G. Smith Grant, of Minmore, Glenlivet, Banffshire, Smith-Grant served with the kilted 9th Royal Scots in the trenches of France before joining the Royal Flying Corps in August 1916. Posted to 70 Squadron in 1917, he claimed 2 victories and became a Flight Commander before being reassigned to 28 Squadron in Italy toward the end of the year. After downing three more enemy aircraft, he rejoined 70 Squadron in France and scored his final victory on 23 May 1918. Six days later, Smith-Grant was wounded in action and taken to a Canadian field hospital where he was killed by a bomb blast during an air raid by German aircraft.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 Aug 1917 1925 70 Sopwith Camel EA (OOC) 1 Gheluwe
2 20 Oct 1917 1115 70 Sopwith Camel (B2396) Albatros D (OOC) 2 Roulers-Menin Road
3 08 Dec 1917 1040 28 Sopwith Camel (B6406) Aviatik (OOC)  
4 08 Dec 1917 1110 28 Sopwith Camel (B6406) Aviatik (DES) NW of Asiago
5 10 Dec 1917 1505 28 Sopwith Camel (B6406) Aviatik (DES) St. Lucia di Piave
6 23 May 1918 0940 70 Sopwith Camel (C8246) LVG C (OOC) Courcelette

1 Shared with Clive Collett
2 Shared with Capt Frederic Laurence
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