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William Evans Smith

Military

Assigned 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Offenbach mission in B-17 42-97630 5-Nov-44; Fatally wounded by flak, died of wounds. Killed in Action (KIA) No MACR

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97630 Peg O' My heart, Geraldine

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/1/44; 1SAG Langley 6/2/44; Presque Is 10/3/44; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-H] Bassingbourn 27/4/44; 323BS [OR-T]; 41+m transferred 306BG Thurleigh 21/5/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 28/3/46. GERALDINE aka PEG ‘O MY HEART. ...

Missions

  • 702

    5 November 1944

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Middlesboro, KY 14 October 1916

Son of Frontis Hood Smith.

Lived in Atlanta, GA October 1940
Enlisted Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA 24 December 1943

Fort McPherson Atlanta Georgia

Based Bassingbourn 1944 – 5 November 1944

Assigned 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Offenbach, Germany 5 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Offenbach mission in B-17 42-97630 5-Nov-44; Fatally wounded by flak, died of wounds. Killed in Action (KIA) No MACR

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery 6 November 1944

Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK
Plot F Row 5 Grave 33

Buried Westview Cemetery Atlanta, Fulton County, GA 1948

Memorialised
Westview Cemetery
Atlanta,
Fulton County, Georgia

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2022 14:15:06 Al_Skiff Changes to events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/68365664/william-evans-smith

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2019 00:32:54 RayWells Changes to biography and events
Sources

Updated Biography to correct date of death

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2019 17:36:51 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310952785
https://www.fold3.com/image/546505014
https://www.fold3.com/record/529902191-william-e-smith
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56294493/william-e-smith
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/68365664/william-evans-smith

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2018 18:20:17 pjsmith83 Changes to service number, role, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Memorial in Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia.

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / The Mighty Eighth Combat Chronology Supplement, 1942-45; p. 174.

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