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Elmer Leon Smith

Military

Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

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People

  • Henry Caballero

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lawrence Dube

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Frank

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elwin McMahon

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Donald Reid

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Richardson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Graduated from Hampton High School, Hampton, VA in 1939. While in school he joined the Hampton Battery D National Guard and transferred to the Richmond Light Infantry Blues before enlisting. He was co-pilot of B-17 #42-3437 nicknamed "Excalibus...

  • Rodolphe Richer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Evaded with the help of French civilians and Résistance members - Escape and Evasion Report E&E 255.

  • Joseph Scarano

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lonnie Turner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-3437 EXCALIBURS REVENGE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 18/6/43; Dow Fd 22/7/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ- ] Snetterton 27/7/43. Hit by Flak over Paris on 15 September 1943 with Pilot James V. Richardson, Co-pilot: Lawrence Dube, Navigator: Elmer L. Smith, Bombardier: George W. Frank, Flight...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 95

    15 September 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a formation of 93 B-17s from: (1BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); and 381BG (19) despatched to bomb the German air deport at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 87 aircraft are...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ayden, Pitt County, North Carolina 28 December 1916
Lived in 1941

Ayden, North Carolina

Enlisted 12 November 1941

Ft Bragg, North Carolina

Killed in Action (KIA) France 15 September 1943

in the crash of B-17 # 42-3437, near St Germain-en-Laye, France

Buried

Initially buried near the crash location, France

Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial

after the war his remains were transferred to Epinal, where he rests at Plot B, Row 42, Grave 8

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2020 11:15:57 ED-BB Changes to awards
Sources

ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 15:14:02 ED-BB Changes to events
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WWII Draft card
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 14:49:09 ED-BB Changes to service number and events
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NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 08:56:21 ED-BB Changes to person associations
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MACR 726

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 08:54:58 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, place associations and mission associations
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MACR 726

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 726 / MACR 726; Snetterton Falcons, pg 52 and 59 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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