75 years ago
SALISBURY, 15 September 1942. — Flying Officer Norman Goldsmith, DFC of Rhodesia, has taken part in 34 bomber raids. Interviewed at the Rhodesian High Commissioner’s office, London, Flying Officer Goldsmith said: “Kiel was my first raid. Then I was inexperienced, but enthusiastic. I glided down to about 1 800 feet to attack the submarine yards and heard our bombs explode above the engine’s roar. Then we started shooting, which enabled the searchlights to find us. We dived lower to avoid the flak, till the navigator said frantically, ‘Up, up, up’ We had nearly hit some trees. We got away somehow.”
In the combined operations’ raid on Vaagsco in December Flying Officer Goldsmith’s navigator earned an award. Three other Rhodesians, all now reported missing, were present piloting other aircraft, namely. Flight Sgt Reginald Smith, Sgt Pilot L Redfern and Smith crashed, but Smith was picked up by a cruiser after 40 minutes in the icy water.