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ANZAC & AVIATOR Story Sir Ross Smith WW1 and Air Race1919

ANZAC & AVIATOR Story Sir Ross Smith WW1 and Air Race1919

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Anzac and Aviator Remarkable Story of Sir Ross Smith and the 1919 England to Australia Air Race By M Molkentin

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Biography of Sir Ross Macpherson Smith, KBE, MC & Bar, DFC & Two Bars, AFC (4 December 1892 – 13 April 1922).

He and his brother, Sir Keith Macpherson Smith, were the first pilots to fly from England to Australia, in 1919.

Sir Ross Smith enlisted in 1914 with the 3rd Light Horse Regiment, landing with the Regiment at Gallipoli 13 May 1915. In 1917, he volunteered for the Australian Flying Corps. He was later twice awarded the Military Cross and the Distinguished Flying Cross three times, becoming an air ace with 11 confirmed aerial victories.

Smith was the pilot for T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) and fought in aerial combat missions in the Middle East. He is mentioned several times in Lawrence's book, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Chapter 114.

In 1919 he served as a pilot on the first ever mission to survey an air route from Cairo to the East Indies before gaining international fame as the winner of the Australian government's £10,000 prize for the first airman to fly from England to Australia. An attempt to exceed this by circumnavigating the world by air in 1922 would end in disaster and tragedy.  Interesting that the London to Darwin journey took 28 days to reach Darwin, but 77 days to reach Melbourne.

This is his Story

Drawing on the rich and extensive collection of Ross Smith's private papers, Anzac & Aviator tells, for the first time, the gripping story of a remarkable aviator, the extraordinary times in which he lived and the air race that changed the world.

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