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Wings Over Dover
The pilots are, top Spit, Donald Kingaby 64 Sqn Hornchurch, nearest Spit, Wilfred Duncan Smith 64 Sqn. (father of former tory leader Ian Duncan Smith) Described by Jeffrey Quill as"One of the greatestfighter pilots of the Second World War"Don Kingaby was born in Holloway, North London, on 7 January 1920, the son of a vicar. He joined the R.A.F.V.R. in April 1939 after completing his training at he was posted in June 1940 to 266 (Rhodesia) Squadron as a Sergeant. In September he was transferred to 92 (East India) Squadron where he was to achieve great success during late 1940 and 1941, gaining for himself the nickname 'The 109 Specialist'. He was awarded a DFM on 6 December 1940, a Bar to this on 29 July 1941 and a second Bar on 11 November 1941 - the only man to receive two Bars to the DFM. In April 1942 he moved to 64 Squadron as a flight commander where he scored the first kill credited to the Spitfire Mk IX, a FW-190 being his 18th of an eventual 21 victories.
Spitfire MK IX's - 64 Sqn Hornchurch
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Many years later he and his wife moved to the United States to join their two daughters there, and it was in Westfield, Massachusetts, that he died on 31 December 1990 following a long illness. Wilfred Duncan Smith was born in Madras, India on 28 May 1914, the son of an officer in the Indian civil service. he became a coffee and tea planter, but in 1936 returned to the UK to join the RAF, he went on to be awarded a DFC in June 1941, Duncan Smith or "Smithy" was credited with 17 confirmed kills, two shared kills, six probables, two shared probables and eight damaged in aerial combat. He was awarded the Distinguished and Bar and the Distinguished Flying and two Bars in recognition of his bravery.He was the author of Spitfire into Battle, published in 1981, a highly entertaining account of aerial combat in the Spitfire aircraft.
In 1952 Duncan Smith received a second bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross. His son Iain Duncan Smith revealed in a BBC radio interview in 2001 that, while living in America in the 1950s, his father was "propositioned" by American actress Marilyn Monroe.