Second Lieutenant George Orme Smart, No 60 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.

The Red Baron's 37th victim.

The Red Baron was the most famous pilot of the Great War. On 7 April 1917 he shot down his 37th victim.

Second Lieutenant George Orme Smart was born on 17 August 1886, a native of Kersal, Manchester. In 1915 he joined the RFC as a Private, and subsequently learned to fly at his own expense before gaining Royal Aero Club Certificate No 3707. He was posted to No 60 Sqdn in France as a Sergeant Pilot. George was later commissioned in the field.

A section of Nieuports from No 60 Sqn left Filscamp Farm aerodrome before 5pm on a 'Special Mission' to photograph German positions south of Arras after normal reconnaissance aircraft had failed to get by the German defences. 2/Lt Smart was flying Nieuport 17 when he was shot down by Manfred von Richthofen of Jasta 11 flying an Albatros DIII; it was the 37th of von Richthofen's eventual 80 victories.

George Smart's aircraft fell on the British side of the lines at map reference 53M7d where he was buried. Unfortunately, his grave was soon lost due to heavy shellfire and it could not be found when 2/Lt Smart's brother, Capt Charles Smart, then serving with No 16 Squadron, looked for it ten days later.

2/Lt Smart is commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial.

7 April 1917

David Tattersfield

Gareth Morgan, President of Australian Society of World War 1 Historians

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George Orme Smart was a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps. He kept a diary during his time at the Front and labelled each page alphabetically, the first page starting with the letter "A". He was killed by the German ace Baron Manfred von Richtofen on 7 April 1917 - "Z" day.