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Killing a Focke-Wulf 190

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Killing a Focke-Wulf 190

On July the 7th I came across some Focke-Wulf 190’s quite low down, oh several thousand feet because we were down there because we we’re always looking for trucks to shoot up or cars. We began to realize that we were really only army co-op was really what we were doing, you know, strafing for the army. And this fellow, there were about eight of them or something and one of them came along, I have forgotten, I think he was, ya, one of our Spitfires was going after the 190 and this fellow, I think he was going after the Spitfire but he was still out of range. Anyway I went after him which was easy enough and I came in on his left when he was about three hundred yards, started to fire, hit him right away, and he got a whole bunch of smoke and then he jettisoned his hood and the flames just poured out of the cockpit and oh, just a whole stream of it and the fuel tank was on the floor of the Focke-Wulf 190, of course, it has to be somewhere but there’s no good place for it, but anyway, it poured out of the cockpit once he got the hood clear and he came out and he started to come out and I could see him, the poor fellow his brown jacket started to turn black and everything and he got clear and he fell away smoking from all his clothes. I never saw whether he parachuted or not because I went after another one.

Mr. Smith describes attacking a Focke-Wulf 190 and seeing its pilot eject, burning, from his flaming cockpit.

Roderick Smith

Roderick Smith was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in March, 1922. He was the second of four children. His father, who had served in the First World War, was a land surveyor. Mr. Smith had been fascinated by propaganda leading up to the Second World War, so he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940 following the completion of his Senior Matriculation. After pilot training in Canada, he was selected for overseas flying duty. His first tour of duty was on Malta and Mr. Smith’s impressive list of enemy aircraft destroyed began here. He was also shot down himself while on this tour. After returning to England, he joined 401 Squadron piloting new generation Spitfire 9's. Mr. Smith was in action on D-Day, and later did strafing runs in German held France. Later at Nijmegen, he destroyed several more enemy aircraft, including the shared kill of a prototypical ME-262 jet fighter. Mr. Smith retired with the rank of Flight-Lieutenant, DFC and Bar, with thirteen destroys, 1 shared and ½ possible to his credit.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Roderick Smith
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Air Force
401 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant

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