Flying Officer John Duncan Smith Scotland

Biography of Flying Officer John Duncan Smith

John Duncan Smith
John Duncan Smith

Flying Officer John Duncan Smith was born in Greenock on 11th July 1921, the son of Agnes T Smith and Duncan Hill Smith, a plumber.

He attended Greenock High School before enrolling at the University in 1940 to study for an MA with Honours in History. In session 1940-41, John took classes in History, Scottish History, and English, and in session 1941-42 he took classes in History (Higher) and Logic.

While still a student John enlisted in the RAF and was placed on deferred service. He did not return to the University after session 1941-42.

John was part of 207 Squadron and was based at RAF Spilsby in Lincolnshire. On the 21 March 1945 he was serving as a navigator on a Lancaster Bomber which was lost without trace while on a mission. He was 23 years old.

John is commemorated at the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey, England.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • R6/88, Abandoned Student File, John Duncan Smith
  • R8/5/61/10, Matriculation Slip 1940-41 Men S
  • R8/5/62/10, Matriculation Slip 1941-42 Men S


  • Information from family member


Flying Officer John Duncan Smith
Born 11 July 1921, Greenock, Scotland.
Died 21 March 1945.
GU Degree: Arts, 1940-42;
University Link: Student
Father's Details: Duncan Hill Smith; Plumber
War Service: Flying Officer, Royal Air Force
Grave / Memorial: Runnymede Memorial, England
View Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
English snippet: Student at the University of Glasgow, 1940-42
Record last updated: 12th Oct 2018

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland
Place of Birth

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student

WWII Roll of Honour