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Surname SMITH   Initials W J   First Name WILLIAM JOHN  
Decorations DFC  
Rank Flight Leutenant   Unit RAF   Service No. 131886  
Age Unknown  Deceased 30/07/1943  Previous Squadron 22 OTU  
Comments Received Decoration on same day as B. F. Smith both killed on same day  
Address United Kingdom?  
Cemetery HAMBURG CEMETERYHamburg, Hamburg, Germany  
Grave Location 5A. J. 13.  
Additional Info  
War Graves Link 2200928  Grave Photo ** YES ** Cemetery Photo ** YES **
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFC  11/06/1943  Flying Officer William John SMITH (131886), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 156 Squadron.

SMITH, William John, F/O (131886, 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 40 sorties (375 operational hours - a curiously high figure unless he had been on flying boats earlier).

This officer has participated in a very large number of operational sorties against targets in Germany and the Middle East. A skilled and determined navigator, he has consistently displayed courage and devotion to duty.

Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday. 
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Source Date Comments
ORB  23/03/1943  P/O W.J. SMITH reported from 22 O.T.U. for navigator flying duties. 
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  3/07/1943  Appointed A/F/Lt