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Dennis David Smith

Military

Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF
Killed in Action (KIA) 26 September 1942 in Spitfire IX BS294, which crash landed due to lack of fuel on an escort mission.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...

Aircraft

  • BS294

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BS294 Mk IX, Const #3241, Built at at Chattis Hill. FF 11-8-42, assigned to 133S 13-8-42, Ran out of fuel and force landed in Brittany 26-9-42 P/O Dennis D Smith KIA in forced landing, SOC.

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command 133 SQ. RAF

    26 September 1942
    14 aircraft and pilots took off from Great Sampford for Bolthead, Devonshire, landing there at 1230 hours. At 1350 hours and after a very sketchy briefing, 12 aircraft of the Squadron took off together with 401 with orders to make rendezvous with a...

Associated Place

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

Events

Event Location Date
Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Assigned Biggin Hill, London SE19 3HY, UK 1941 – 14 September 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 14 September 1942 – 26 September 1942

Transferred to 336th FS, 4th FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Morlaix, France 26 September 1942

Killed in crash of aircraft (out of fuel)

Buried 1945

Brittany American Cemetery, Plot D, Row 18, Grave 8.

Lived in California, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 20:01:05 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2015 10:07:05 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events and place associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.

Date Contributor Update
23 September 2015 14:16:28 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Spitfire Production List.
https://www.fold3.com/image/311039302/
https://www.abmc.gov/search-abmc-burials-and-memorializations/detail/WWI...
http://usaafdata.com/?q=search

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2014 18:41:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and place associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Nov-2014. Added KIA and Burial events & locations.

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2014 17:13:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Oct-2014. Connection to mission data within the web site.

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2014 17:59:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Oct-2014, American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC, Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces by Bishop and Hey, p. 32 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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