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Name: Neil Ritz Smuts
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: South Africa
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 3
Victories: 5
Born: 23 December 1898
Place of Birth: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Place of Death:  
Commissioned in August 1917, Neil Ritz Smuts was posted to 3 Squadron on 1 January 1918. Flying Sopwith Camels, he scored five victories and participated in numerous ground attack sorties.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (A./Capt.) Neil Reitz Smuts. (FRANCE)
      During recent operations this officer has displayed marked courage and initiative in attacking ground targets from low altitudes, inflicting heavy damage on the enemy. On 28th September he demolished at least four gun teams and limbers, causing very heavy casualties among the personnel and horses.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 06 Apr 1918 1200 3 Sopwith Camel (D6455) Albatros D.V (OOC) Morlancourt
2 09 Aug 1918 1945 3 Sopwith Camel Fokker D.VII (OOC) 1  
3 01 Oct 1918 1310 3 Sopwith Camel (C8343) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 57B Z6
4 04 Oct 1918 1030 3 Sopwith Camel (F6180) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 62B J31
5 04 Oct 1918 1030 3 Sopwith Camel (F6180) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 62B J31

1 Shared with Lt L H McIntyre
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