A KILLING FOR THE HAWKS
Frederick Escreet Smith ( April 4th, 1919 - May 15th, 2012 ) was born in Hull ( Yorkshire, England ). He was educated at Eversleigh High School and Malet Lambert High School ( Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England ).
He served as a Local Government Officer for Hull Corporation until 1939, when he joined the R.A.F. Frederick E. Smith was trained as Wireless Operator / Air Gunner and commenced service in early 1940. He served in Great Britain, Africa and finally the Far East, returning to Hull in 1946.
He then married and a year later, moved to Cape Town ( present day Western Cape, South Africa ), where he worked as a cost accountant with Premier Steel Products.
He returned to Great Britain with his family in 1952, determined to make his living as a writer. Best known for his novel 633 Squadron ( 1956 ), Frederick E. Smith has published several books, such as : The Sin and the Sinners ( 1958 ), The Dark Cliffs ( 1962 ), Saffron's War ( 1975 ), Operation Valkyrie ( 1978 ), Rage of the Innocents ( 1986 ), Operation Defiant ( 1996 ).
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