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Byron W Smith


Killed in Action (KIA) 10 January 1943. 93rd was assigned to N. Africa to help defeat Rommel. B-24D-1-CO 41-23665 'Big Dealer' had mission to La Galite (a small Mediterranean island off Tunisia). Crashed near Bir el Khamsa, Egypt. Crash may have been due to fuel shortage. 4 killed and 5 returned to action. Ted's Traveling Circus mentions that Smith was an Olympian who was a diving champion.

AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH


Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23665 Big Dealer

    B-24 Liberator
    Crashed on 10 January 1943 near Bir el Khamsa, Egypt, while en-route back to Gambut-Main after dark. Crash may have been due to fuel shortage. The injured men were taken to 21st CCS at Mersa Matruth . 4 killed and 5 returned to action.


Event Location Date
Born Kansas City, Missouri
Killed in action 10 January 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:54 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey Vol. 1 p. 62, Ted's Traveling Circus pp. 17, 52, 55 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia