Smith, Donald Edward (Flight Lieutenant)

Accession Number PR00287
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 2.5 cm; Wallet/s: 2
Object type Letter, Document, Souvenir
Maker Australian Defence Force
Royal Australian Air Force
Smith, Donald Edward
Place made Australia, Egypt: Frontier, Sinai, El Gorah
Date made 1983-1984
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 93/0523
Conflict Period 1980-1989
Egypt [Sinai] (MFO), 1982-1986, 1993 -
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition, Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) service of 0126899 Flight Lieutenant Donald Edward Smith, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Sinai, 1983-1984.

Folder 1 of 2 - Consists of documents, programs and instructions relating to Smith's service with the MFO, based at El Gorath, from 1983 to 1984. The folder includes pre-departure information, a pamphlet guide to the Sinai, and an Australian Defence Force booklet, dated May 1983, with advice on service with the MFO, such as a political history of the region, demographics and weather, and details on United Nations operations, accommodation, and dress standards. The folder also includes a RAAF Health Services brief, with advice on insects, food and drink and common diseases in the Sinai, a service program from Anzac Day 1984, an invitation for an event at the Anzac Surf Club, a copy of the Jerusalem Post from 10 January 1984, and a guide to services and amenities at the Australian's MFO base.

Folder 2 of 2 - Consists of paper currency, a note and two letters. The letters, sent by Smith to his parents, discuss terrorist attacks, tensions between the Palestinians, Egyptians and Israelis, the Gaza strip, Smith's period of leave to Europe, visits to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Turkey and Gallipoli, his learning of basic Hebrew and Arabic, and his growing desire to leave the RAAF.