Colin Smith

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Collingwood "Colin/Col" Smith

Colin Smith
Born c1914
Died 11 August 2003 (aged about 91)
Education Boston Grammar School (1925-1930)
Occupation Miller and Corn Merchant; Lancaster Bomber Pilot
Employer RAF
Spouse Phyl
Children Norman Smith; Graham Smith
Awards Distinguished Flying Medal

Collingwood "Colin/Col" Smith was educated at Boston Grammar School (1925-1930).


From the Autumn/Winter 2003 issue of The Old Bostonian, written by his son, Norman Smith (BGS 1956-1963)

Collingwood (Col) Smith passed away suddenly, but peacefully on 11th August 2003. He had been a life member of the OBA since February 1955, when the subscription was £3 15s.

Born and brought up in Swineshead, Col attended BGS from 1925 to 1930. He joined his father in business as a Miller and Corn Merchant.

At the end of the 1930s, with the onset of the Second World War he volunteered for the RAF and became a Lancaster Bomber Pilot. He was one of the lucky few who survived a full tour of thirty operations, for which he received the DFM in 1943.

At the end of the war, Col spent a short time on transport command, travelling to India and other places in that part of the world to bring troops home. He would probably have liked to have carried on flying, but duty called and he returned to the family business which he continued to run until his retirement in 1979.

For many years Col was a keen and active member of Swineshead Bowls Club, represented Lincolnshire County, and was President of Lincolnshire County EBF[1]. He was also active in many local organisations such as the Swineshead Old Fellows Society, the Swineshead branch of the British Legion and many local charities. He maintained his interest in the OBA, attending the annual dinners.

In retirement Col maintained his interest in the RAF and was an active supporter of the local Aircrew Association[2] and the 97 Squadron Association. He was a member of Probus for many years, attending their monthly luncheons where he could meet many of his old business acquaintances.

Col lived in Swineshead until 2002 when, following the death of his wife, Phyl, he moved to stay with his eldest son, Norman, in Chelmsford. He is survived by two sons, Norman (BGS 1956-1963) and Graham (BGS 1960-1967). Norman works as a Patent Agent in London and Graham is a Research Scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, New York.