The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. W B Smith
William Bruce Smith was born on 22nd August 1914 in Banff, Canada. He must have settled in the UK as by 1938 he was employed as a senior aircraft draughtsman in Reading, Berkshire.
He joined the RAFVR in September 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot.
Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and joined 602 Squadron at Westhampnett on 6th October 1940.
He claimed a Me109 destroyed on the 29th. He was shot down in a surprise attack by Me109's the next day and crash-landed on the foreshore at Greatstone near Lydd, wounded. His Spitfire, X4542, was written off.
Smith did not fly again, being medically unfit and his subsequent service is currently unknown.
He obtained Aero certificate 20400
on 22nd March 1945
when his occupation was recorded as 'Manager aircraft factory' also in Reading.
Smith died on 17th June 1975 in Cheltenham.