Father: Stewart Maxwell Smith, a 'sinotype operator - newspaper"; mother Alice Maud [Petrie]
Ed. Eastwood High School
m. Eula Eleanor
prev. 10 yrs as a Commercial Pilot
Address in 1940: 364 Hillsdale Ave, Syracuse, NY
Sailed to Liverpool to join the ATA, arriving 11 Nov 1940, with fellow American pilots Howard Alsop, Donald Annibal, Francis Bender, Robert Gragg, Dan Jacques, Malcolm Stewart and Roy Wimmer.
Postings: 1FPP, AFTS (as instructor), 16FPP (as 2nd-in-Command), 4FPP (as 2nd-in-Command)
"A most willing and hard working officer so long as he has plenty of work to get on with. He has shown great keenness in running the Class 5 training at Marston Moor, and much of its success is due to his ability to get on well with the RAF personnel on whose station the training takes place."
"Has rendered valuable service to the School and fully justified his status as senior American pilot."
Involved in 3 accidents (none his fault):
- 2 Oct 1941, after a technical fault in a Hampden;
- 27 Oct 1941, Anson N9972, and
- 8 Sep 1942, when acting as an instructor in Hudson IV AE537, the pupil allowed the aircraft to swing violently. No blame was apportioned.
d. 10 Mar 1950, Syracuse NY:
"Charles J. Smith, 44, of 364 Hillsdale Ave., one of the early fliers at Syracuse Municipal airport, died Friday in Syracuse Memorial hospital after an illness of two years. He was a member of Aerial Lodge 5596, F&AM, London, England, and a Quiet Birdmen member of Syracuse."