"Capt. Lowell B. Smith, 1554 Scenic Ave., Berkley Calif., a 9th AF pilot who spends most of his time co-operating with ground troops, was a recent recipient of timely co-operation originating with a ground unit. Returning to his base after running out of ammunition, Capt Smith was attacked by a Me109 when an anti aircraft unit spotted the Luftwaffe plane and downed it with a few quick bursts. L-R: Cpl Miles E hoyle Jr [Fallston NC], Cpl Hubert C Wright [Linton IN], PFC Alexander Alex [South St. Paul MN], PFC Edward J Merbar [Cleveland OH], members of gun crew and Capt Smith. FRANCE."
- New years day 1945, Luftwaffes last throw of the dice - Op Bodenplatte. Capt LB Smith was taking off 15 mins early for a close support mission, just as Fw190's and Me109's streaked in to strafe Asch A/D. Smith's section salvoed their bombs and got stuck in. Capt Smith downed 2 x Fw190's and forced a bouncing Fw190 to overshoot him. It subsequently crashed.
The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...
Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
Assigned to 390FS, 366FG, 9AF USAAF. Took off, leading section, on close support mission, just as Luftwaffe attacked Asch A/D [Operation Bodenplatte]. Salvoed bombs and mixed it with Fw190's claiming 2 x kills in vicinity of base A/D.