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Smith, Ross Macpherson (1892 - 1922)

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Born: 4 December 1892  Semaphore, South Australia, Australia.  Died: 13 April 1922  Weybridge, Surrey, England.
(Sir) Ross Macpherson Smith and his brother Keith were the earliest of the long distance flyers. They won the Australian government-sponsored England-Australia Race in 1919, flying a Vickers Vimy aircraft.

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Born Adelaide, 4 December 1892. Died Weybridge, near London, 13 April 1922. KBE ca 1920. Warehouseman, G.P. Harris Scarfe & Co., Adelaide; enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force August 1914; served in Gallipoli and Egypt; Australian Flying Corps August 1917-1918, receiving the Military Cross twice and the Distinguished Flying Cross three times; flew from England to Australia with his brother Keith (qv) in 28 days, November-December 1919; planned to fly around the world in a Vickers Viking amphibian in 1922, but died while test-flying the aircraft when it spun into the ground.
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