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Joseph D Smith Jr


Plane (serial number 44-8369) crash landed in Belvoax, Belgium returning from mission #278, Pilot & Bombardier killed. Top Turret Gunner died of wounds.


Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-8369

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 22/8/44; Langley 24/9/44; Dow Fd 4/10/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 18/11/44; battle damaged Kassel 14/2/45 with Jim Brown, John Payleitner, Joe Smith, Bill Adams (4 Killed in Action); rest (RTD?); crash landed Bolvoax, Bel; repaired &...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born Earle, Alaska
Died 14 February 1945


Date Contributor Update
04 October 2014 22:22:16 Lucy May Changes to biography, place associations and aircraft associations

Expanded biographical caption and connected him to Kimbolton, where the 379th Bomb Group were based in England, and to the aircraft he was serving in on his last mission.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:11 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology Supplement p.176/379th BG Anthology; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 337 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia