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Charles J Smith

Military

Assigned to 107TRS, 67TRG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) visual recon mission to Aachen, Germany. Last heard of chasing a lone Fw190 and closing on him. Presumed either hit by flak or bounced and shot down. 23-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11406.

Awards: PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group

    67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group

    Group
    The four Squadrons of the 67th Recon Group (12th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron; 107th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron; 109th Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron and 153rd Observation - later Reconnaissance Squadron)...

  • 107th Reconnaissance Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-103226

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 107TRS, 67TRG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) visual recon mission to Aachen, Germany. Last heard of chasing a lone Fw190 and closing on him. Presumed either hit by flak or bounced and shot down. 23-Dec-44 Pilot 1Lt Charles J Smith...

Associated Place

  • Middle Wallop

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber station with a grass airfield, concrete perimeter track and hardstandings, Middle Wallop opened as a training base in April 1940, before construction was complete. Used as an RAF day-fighter and night-fighter base during 1940...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 22 December 1921

Son of John R and Catherine J Smith.

Lived in New Jersey, USA 1941
Enlisted Newark, NJ, USA 4 June 1942
Based Middle Wallop 1944 – 23 December 1944

Assigned to 107TRS, 67TRG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Eupen, Belgium 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) visual recon mission to Aachen, Germany. Last heard of chasing a lone Fw190 and closing on him. Presumed either hit by flak or bounced and shot down. 23-Dec-44 KIA. MACR 11406.

Buried Eupen, Belgium 24 December 1944

Interred
Eupen Cemetery
Belgium

Buried Montclair, NJ, USA 1948

Re-Interred
Immaculate Conception Cemetery
Montclair
New Jersey
USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2017 20:13:18 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310759013/?terms=O-812163%20Charles%20J%20Smith
https://www.fold3.com/image/319256804
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmdate.asp?thedate=441223&Submit...

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