The Airmen's Stories - F/Lt. E S Smith
Edward Stanley Smith was was born on 8th February 1915, the son of AE Smith MC, solicitor.
He attended Sherborne School (Abbeylands House) from September 1928 to July 1933 and went on to Clare College, Cambridge, where he read Law.
He learned to fly with the University Air Squadron and in 1936 joined 600 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force and was commissioned in July.
Called to full-time service on 25th August 1939, Smith served with the squadron in the Battle of Britain. He was posted away on 7th October 1940, destination unknown but by 31st January 1941 he was serving with the AFDU.
Smith was awarded the AFC (gazetted 2nd June 1943).
He commanded 264 Squadron from April 1944 to June 1945.
He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 2nd October 1945) and released from the RAF in 1945 as an Acting Wing Commander.
Smith died in March 1970 in Weymouth.
Additional research courtesy of Sherborne School Archives.