156 Squadron Log
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
CGM  3/03/1944  Aus.424847 Flight Sergeant Geoffrey Charles Chapman SMITH, Royal Australian Air Force, No. 156 Squadron.

This airman was the rear gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin one night in February, 1944. When nearing the target, Flight Sergeant Smith reported a fighter coming in to attack. As evading action was being taken the bomber was hit by cannon and machine gun fire from the enemy aircraft. Flight Sergeant Smith was hit by a bullet which shattered the lower part of his right leg and foot. The hydraulic gear had been damaged and his turret was rendered unserviceable.

Although suffering intensely and in a dazed condition, Flight Sergeant Smith refused assistance and insisted on remaining at his post to manipulate his turret manually until the enemy coast was crossed. In most distressing circumstances, this gallant airman, whose leg has since been amputated displayed coutage and fortitude of a high order.

His determination to defend his aircraft until the enemy coast was crossed was a magnificent example.