Ross Smith, image courtesy State Library of South Australia B6101
Smith, Ross – August 1917
Practiced night landings with flares on BE2C 4312
Photos with Bowd out at SHARIA
Sutherland reported a Hun machine on the ground at BIR IFTEIS near SHARIA so we were sent out to bomb it. Jones was on a 2E, Morgan on a 2E & Austin, Potts L. & I were on 12 A’S. I had 2 -100lb. bombs. We got out to the machine but it was a dummy! Some of us started to drop our bombs & 2 Huns came up at us, one 2 seater & 1 Albatross Scout. We all had a go at them and drove them down to SHARIA. I took on the 2 seater first & he was a very dud pilot but could easily out dive me & so got away. The Scout pilot was not up to much either. Jack Potts & Sutherland were with us on a 2E as well.
Was going out on a job in a ‘tinsyde but had a forced landing on the aerodrome with a beetle in my petrol pipe.
We have just got a Bristol Scout (Clerget) for practice flying. It’s a nice little machine & we have great sport on it, looping it etc. Rogers crashed it later on.
Aug 10th. –17th.
Out on various jobs, mostly escorts or photos.
Nearly got let down by a 2E, the engine was very dud when I was testing & I only just got back into the aerodrome
Photos with Bowd out at BEERSHEBA.
Photos with Jones at BEERSHEBA
8 Bombs on BEERSHEBA camps. 3 other machines came too.
Bomb raid to HARIERA. Bowd & I went on Martinsydes, with 12 bombs each