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Name: David Esplin Smith
David Esplin Smith
Country: Scotland
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 20
Victories: 6
Born: 8 Apr 1897
Place of Birth: Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland
Killed In Action: 14 August 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Belgium
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium Image
 
 
A barber's assistant, David Esplin Smith, the son of Mungo and Rebecca Smith, enlisted on 28 November 1915 but was discharged on 12 February 1916 for being under-age. Enlisting again, he joined C Squadron, No. 2 Royal Flying Corps Cadet Wing on 14 May 1917. With 20 Squadron in the summer of 1918, Smith scored six victories flying the Bristol Fighter. Shot down by Jasta 56 on 14 August 1918, Smith was killed but his observer, John Hills, survived and was captured.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 09 May 1918 1650 20 Bristol F.2b 1 Fokker DR.I (DES) SW of Merris
2 16 Jun 1918 1915 20 Bristol F.2b (C859) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) S of Comines
3 02 Jul 1918 0845 20 Bristol F.2b (C859) 2 Pfalz D.III (OOC) SW of Ypres
4 25 Jul 1918 0850 20 Bristol F.2b (C4672) 2 Fokker D.VII (DES) Comines Canal
5 25 Jul 1918 0850 20 Bristol F.2b (C4672) 2 Fokker D.VII (DESF) 3 Comines Canal
6 25 Jul 1918 0855 20 Bristol F.2b (C4672) 2 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Comines Canal

1 Observer Francis Ralph
2 Observer John Hills
3 Shared with Horace Lale & 2Lt Francis Ralph, Lt William Thomson & Sgt J D C Summers
 
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