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Herbert Smith

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Herbert Smith (1890-1978) was a British aircraft designer.

Smith started his career with the Yorkshire engineering company of Dean, Smith and Grace.

1914 March. He joined the Sopwith Aviation Company as a draughtsman and became Sopwith's chief engineer later that year.

Smith designed the Pup, Triplane, Camel, and Snipe. He worked for the Sopwith firm until it dissolved in October 1920.

In February 1921, the Mitsubishi Internal Combustion Engine Manufacturing Company in Nagoya invited Smith, along with several other former Sopwith engineers, to assist Mitsubishi in creating an aircraft manufacturing division. Smith and his team moved to Japan, where they designed the B1M, 1MF, and 2MR.

1924 Smith returned to England in 1924 and retired from the aviation industry.

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