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Robert M Smith


Killed in Action (KIA). October 1, 1943, when the crew was TDY to the 9th AAC, on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, B-24 ac# 41-23816 'Black Jack' was attacked by flak in the bomb bay shortly after leaving target area. . A/c peeled off while quickly losing altitude as fire developed. Broke in two and crashed in target area. . 5 Killed in Action (KIA) and 5 Prisoner of War (POW). .

DFC, AM with 3 Oak Leaf Cluster, PH


Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23816 'Black Jack'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 68BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wiener Nuestadt Bf109 assembly works. Hit by flak and with bomb bay on fire, A/C went into uncontrolable spin and crashed. 1-Oct-43. 5 x KIA 6 x POW. MACR 3312.


Event Location Date
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died 1 October 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:55 AAM AAM ingest

44th MACR 3312, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy p. 135, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 298 with picture of the plane / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia