- W. G. G. Duncan Smith
Infobox Military Person
name= Wilfrid George Gerald Duncan Smith
28 May 1916– 11 December 1996
rank= Wing Commander
branch= air force|United Kingdom
No. 611 Squadron RAF
World War II
Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Flying Cross & Bar
Duncan-Smith was born in
Madras, India, on 28 May 1916, the son of an officer in the Indian civil service. He was educated in Scotland, where he joined his school's OTC. Returning to India in 1933, he became a coffee and tea planter, but in 1936 returned to the UK to join the RAF.
Serving at 7 OTU at the outbreak of war, he was posted to
No. 611 Squadron RAFlater that year. He was awarded a DFC in June 1941, and went to 603 Squadron in August 1941 as a Flight Commander. Taken ill late in the year, he spent some time in hospital, before joining 64 Squadron in March 1942. In August he became Wing Commander- Flying at RAF North WealdAfter a rest from operations he was then sent to the Mediterranean as Wing leader, 244 Wing. In September 1943 after engine failure he bailed out into the sea, being rescued after 5 hours adrift. As a Group Captain, he then took charge of 324 Wing , finally leaving in March 1945.
W. G. G. Duncan Smith or "Smithy" was credited with 17 confirmed kills, two shared kills, six probables, two shared probables and eight damaged in
aerial combat. [Price 1997, p. 25.] He was awarded the Distinguished Service Orderand Bar and the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Bars in recognition of his bravery.
He was the author of "Spitfire into Battle", published in 1981, a highly entertaining account of aerial combat in the Spitfire aircraft.
In 1946, he married Pamela, a ballerina. Pamela's maternal grandmother was Ellen Oshey, a
Japanese woman whose father was a Japanese artist. Their son Iain Duncan Smithis now a British politician, and was leader of the Conservative Party from September 2001 to November 2003.
Iain Duncan Smithrevealed in a BBC radio interview in 2001 that while living in America in the 1950s his father was "propositioned" by American actress Marilyn Monroe. [cite web | title = Tory chief's desert island discs | author = | url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/2510729.stm| publisher = BBC | date = 2002-11-25 | accessdate = 2008-05-06]
* Price, Dr. Alfred. "Spitfire Mark V Aces 1941 - 1945". London: Osprey Publishing, 1997. ISBN 978-1-85532-635-4.
* Price, Dr. Alfred. "Spitfire Mark I/II Aces 1939 - 41". London: Osprey Publishing, 1996. ISBN 978-1-85532-627-9
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