Lieutenant L. F. W. Smith, DSC
Flight Lieutenant Langley Frank Willard Smith was born at Phillipsburg, Quebec on August 15, 1897, son of Frank Willard and Florence Whitlaw Smith (nee Bond), of Montreal, Canada. He was educated in St. Louis, Missouri, 1904 to 1907, New York City 1907 to 1909, Toronto (St. Andrew's College) 1910 to 1912; and Toronto 1912-1914.
He was accepted as Royal Naval Aviation Service candidate, January 17, 1916 on the proviso that he obtain a pilot's certificate. He attended Thomas School at St. Augustine, Florida but on failure of school he joined Curtiss School, Newport Mews, Virginia, obtaining ACA Certificate No.521 on July 5th, 1916. Posted to 4 Naval Squadron on 25 April 1917, he scored eight victories flying the Sopwith Pup. In June 1917, his squadron was the first to receive the new Sopwith Camel. A few days later, while attempting to intercept a flight of 16 Gotha bombers, Smith was killed when his Camel lost a wing and broke up in mid-air.
The same document also has a memo dated 11 June 1917 from Headquarters, No.4 (Naval) Wing, Dunkirk, stating he was on "No.4 Squadron attached to this Wing" and stating that he was "deserving of special recognition" (although no particular award named):
"This officer has shown great courage and daring as a pilot. I credit him with the destruction of five hostile machines and two hostile balloons.He is buried in the Houtave Churchyard, Zuienkerke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (Grave Reference: 794. At West end, close to entrance.).
"For exceptional gallantry and remarkable skill and courage whilst serving with the RNAS at Dunkirk during May and June 1917, in repeatedly attacking and destroying hostile aircraft."
Awarded as per London Gazette dated 22 February 1918.
No citation other than "for distinguished services rendered during the war."