The Her­ald

75 years ago

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Leader & Comment -

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.

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