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Surname SMITH   Initials B F   First Name BASIL FRANCIS  
Decorations DFC  
Rank Flight Leutenant   Unit RAF   Service No. 126548  
Age Unknown  Deceased 30/07/1943  Previous Squadron 15 OTU  
Address United Kingdom?  
Cemetery HAMBURG CEMETERYHamburg, Hamburg, Germany  
Grave Location 5A. J. 12A.  
Additional Info  
War Graves Link 2200914  Grave Photo ** YES ** Cemetery Photo ** YES **
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFC  11/06/1943  Flying Officer Basil Francis SMITH (126548), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 156 Squadron.

SMITH, Basil Francis, F/O (126548, RAFVR*) - No.156 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/8955 has citation drafted when he had flown 35 sorties (236 operational hours).

Flying Officer Smith has successfully completed numerous sorties against enemy targets in the Western Desert, Greece and Germany. He also took part in two “1,000 bomber” raids.

This officer has set a splendid example to all by his courage, determination and devotion to duty.

Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday. 
Source Date Comments
ORB  24/03/1943  F/O B.F. SMITH (pilot) reported from 15 O.T.U. 
LG 36054  11/06/1943  DFC Notification 
ORB  15/06/1943  F/O B.F. SMITH , F/O W.J. SMITH, and P/O SAUNDERS awarded D.F.C. 
ORB  6/07/1943  F/O B.F. SMITH, DFC appointed A/F/LT - also F/O PHILPS.