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The Airmen's Stories - P/O N H J Smith


Norman Henry Jackson Smith was born on 15th April 1918 and joined the RAF on a short service commission in March 1939. He completed his training and arrived at 11 Group Pool, St. Athan on 28th December 1939.

After converting to Blenheims he joined 235 Squadron at Manston on 25th January 1940. Smith destroyed a He111 on 15th August. He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 27th May 1941).



He was later posted to the PRU at Benson and later served in the PR role in the Middle East until late 1944. Returning to 235 Squadron at Banff, he led many anti-shipping strikes around and the Norwegian coast and fjords. In March 1945 he became CO of 248 Squadron.

Smith remained in the RAF postwar before retiring on 29th March 1958 as a Flight Lieutenant, retaining the rank of Wing Commander.



He changed his name to Jackson-Smith and in September 1960 entered the Jesuit order as a Brother,
remaining a Jesuit until the end of his life. He served the Jesuits in many locations, including British Guyana.

He died on 1st February 2014 at Corpus Christi Community, Boscombe, Bournemouth at the age of 95.



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