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Biographical entry Smith, Ross Macpherson (1892 - 1922)

4 December 1892
Semaphore, South Australia, Australia
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.


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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  • McCarthy, John, 'Smith, Sir Keith Macpherson (1890-1955) and Sir Ross Macpherson (1892-1922), airmen' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Geoffrey Serle, ed., vol. 11 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1988), pp. 654-656. Details


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Rosanne Walker