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Robert A Smith

Military

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. Returned from mission in B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan' after direct hit to nose of A/C. Returned to Duty (RTD). 25-Jun-44. MACR 6738.

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 Battle stars), Good Conduct.

Service

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  • Karl Becker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Returned from mission in B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan' after direct hit to nose of A/C. Returned to Duty (RTD). 25-Jun-44. MACR 6738. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107014 'Lucy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/1/44; Kearney 15/2/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-K] Kimbolton 30/3/44; Missing in Action Zeitz 30/11/44 with Bob Puckett, Don Childes, Chas Ingraham, George Reedy, Bob Salley, Roman Yriarte, Alvin Hirschi, Jarvis Williams, Attilio...

  • 42-97980

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 23/4/44; Langley 12/6/44; Dow Fd 2/7/44; slated 96BG, Assigned 305BG Chelveston 4/7/44; transferred 384BG Grafton Underwood 29/7/44; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-X] Kimbolton 4/8/44; Missing in Action Dresden 14/2/45 with ?; force...

Missions

  • 142

    25 June 1944
    From his mission list for the 385th/548th, this is mission #142. The target says "French Supply." He was on Peterson's Crew.

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....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chandler, Oklahoma 22 July 1922

Son of Emmett C and Imo Jean Smith.

Enlisted Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 28 October 1942

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Based Kimbolton May 1944 – August 1944

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2019 12:04:17 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29100248
https://www.fold3.com/record/84874335-robert-a-smith
http://www.8thairforce.com/
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/62792152/emmett-c_-smith

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self

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