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Donavon Francis Smith


Donavon Smith served as a fighter pilot with the 56th Fighter Group.

DSC/ DFC w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

5.5 victories


Units served with

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • 42-28382 Ole Cock III

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    To 9th AF 405 FG 509 FS as G9-K "Wooooooooooooo" pilot Lt. Eskie Wright.

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...


Event Location Date
Born Dowagiac, Michigan 2 October 1922
Died Colorado Springs, CO, USA 10 September 1974


Date Contributor Update
26 April 2017 13:24:18 Lucy May Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2014 19:40:52 Pyker Changes to middlename, awards and events

Corrected Christian name, added middle name plus personal details.

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2014 19:22:37 Pyker Changes to firstname, nickname, highest rank and place associations

Corrected Christian name from Donovan to Donavon - per family.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:45 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45