Flying Officer Keith Alexander Smith

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Flying Officer Keith Alexander Smith, from Masterton, New Zealand, joined 486 Squadron in April 1944. He arrived just in time to take part in the operations against the V-1s.

After the move to Holland later in the year he to claim victories over two aircraft, the second an Me262 jet over Lübeck airfield on 25 April 1945. Next day however, his Tempest NV967, was hit by Flak north of Uithiele and he had to make a force-landing, being captured. With the war nearing its close, he was able to escape on 4 May from PoW camp to which had been sent, safely reaching Allied lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smith's victories in Tempest

 

Date of Claim

Type Claimed

Aircraft Serial No.

Location of Claim

Unit

3 July 1944

2 V-1s

SA-L (JN801)

Hastings area

486 Sqn

26 July 1944

V-1

SA-D (JN803)

9-10 m N Pevensey 

486 Sqn

4 Aug 1944

2 V-1s

SA-H (JN821)

Tunbridge Wells area 

486 Sqn

4 Aug 1944

V-1

SA-H (JN821)

nr Maidstone 

486 Sqn

16 Aug 1944

V-1

SA-N (JN808)

5 m NNW Tenterden 

486 Sqn

29 Aug 1944

V-1

SA-V (JN770)

N Ashford 

486 Sqn

27 Dec 1944

Fw190D-9

SA-Q (EJ711)

Münster area

486 Sqn

25 April 1945

Me262

SA-Q (EJ711)

Lübeck airfield 

486 Sqn

 

 

Source: 
Aces High Vol. 2 by Christopher Shores