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Fonzo Donald Smith

Military

Served in 121 Eagle Squadron then transferred to the AAF. Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. He scored 3 kills in P-47s. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Joigny, France. suffered engine failure. A/C abandoned. Major Fonzo Smith POW. 3-Aug-44. MACR 7453.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (7OLC), Croix de Guerre, POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME (4 battle stars), Air Force Longevity Service (4OLC), American Campaign, American Defense, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal

Post War: Owner of three Dr Pepper distributorships in Texas, Retired in 1983.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...

  • Headquarters (4th Fighter Group)

    Headquarters (4th Fighter Group)

    Headquarters
    The Headquarters Squadron was made up of true leaders. Most had flown Hurricanes, Spitfires, Thunderbolts and Mustangs. ...

Aircraft

  • 44-13934

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Joigny, France. suffered engine failure. A/C abandoned. Major Fonzo Smith POW. 3-Aug-44. MACR 7453.

  • 42-7936 "Pistol Packin Mama"

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of (then) Lt. Fonzo "Snuffy" D. Smith. Transferred to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 493FS, 48FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 41-6225

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG 8AF USAAF. Transferred too 551FTS, 495FTG 8AF USAAF.

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...

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Malakoff, TX, USA 22 October 1918

Son of Julia Callaway.

Lived in Malakoff, TX, USA 1940
Enlisted Dallas, TX, USA 25 April 1941

Dallas, Texas

Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 24 September 1942 – 3 August 1944

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion United States December 1942

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 5 July 1943

Promoted to Captain.

Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 30 November 1943

Promoted to Major.

Baled out 89300 Joigny, France 3 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Joigny, France. suffered engine failure. A/C abandoned. Major Fonzo Smith POW. 3-Aug-44. MACR 7453.

Prisoner of War POW Moosburg, Germany 3 August 1944 – 1945

Prisoner of War POW. Stalag VIIa.

Died Kingsville, TX 78363, USA 6 February 1996

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2020 09:56:25 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/625758404?terms=smith,fonzo
https://www.fold3.com/record/84751564/world-war-ii-army-enlistment-recor...
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_sm...

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2020 09:53:42 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/625758404?terms=smith,fonzo
https://www.fold3.com/record/84751564/world-war-ii-army-enlistment-recor...
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_sm...

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2020 18:31:30 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
Sources

Flagged as a "Possible DUPLICATE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 16:06:22 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=7453
https://www.fold3.com/image/29403392/?terms=Fonzo%20D%20Smith
https://www.fold3.com/page/84751564_fonzo_d%20smith/details/
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_sm...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 7453 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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