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Harry Alben Smith Jr


Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. MACR witness to demise of 42-102585.


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. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron


  • 438

    24 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...


Event Location Date
Born Mt Pocono, PA 1918

Son of Harry Alben Snr and Edna Martha [Warner] Smith.

Based Ridgewell March 1944 – August 1944

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Cedaredge, CO 2000
Buried Cedaredge Cemetery, Cedaredge, Delta County, CO 2000

Cedaredge Cemetery
Delta County, CO


Date Contributor Update
16 May 2019 18:27:13 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, biography, awards, events and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2019 15:23:05 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, events, unit associations and place associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:18 AAM AAM ingest

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia