Byron W. Smith, 93rd Bomb Group
Page 15 of the 93rd Bomb Group unit history.
Many of the 8th Air Force Groups produced an unofficial unit history in the months after the war ended in Europe but before they were redeployed out of the ETO (European Theater of Operations).
Resembling a college yearbook, unit histories were an unofficial – and often tongue-in-cheek – record of the unit’s time based in the UK. They include photo montages showing different aspects of base life. Often the servicemen in the photos are unnamed. The American Air Museum hopes that by adding unit histories to the website as individual pages, the men in the photos will be identified and associated to their person entries. Many included lists of personnel and a mailing address, providing a means for servicemen to keep in contact with each other after the war. These lists are now incredibly useful records of where US airmen in England in 1945 called their home.
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 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...
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.
||Kansas City, Missouri
|Killed in action
||10 January 1943