Aces, Erks and Backroom Boys
Edward Draper Smithies ( 1941 - 1991 ) was born in Davenport ( Northamptonshire, England ). He spent his early years surrounded by the aircraft parts, models of fuselages and wings, and blueprints that his father ( George Smithies, ? - 1984 ) brought home from the factory across the road.
Edward Smithies continued his education at the University of Leeds ( West Yorkshire, England ) and the University of London ( England ). He held a Doctorate in Urban History. He worked as a Senior Lecturer in History at the Middlesex Polytechnic ( North London, England ) until his death.
As an author, Edward Smithies has published several books ( some postumously ), such as : Crime in Wartime : A Social History of Crime in World War II ( 1982 ), War in the Air : Men and Women who Built, Services and Flew War Planes Remember the Second World War ( 1990 ), War at Sea, 1939 - 1945 ( 1992 ), Backroom Boys : Personal Stories of Britain's Air War 1939 - 45 ( 2013 ).
( sources : Aces - Erks and Backroom Boys, amheath.com, www.ancestry.co.uk, Wikipedia, www.goodreads.com, Internet )