Smith, Hollis Ray, T/Sgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 749-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1941-1943, 737, 90th Bombardment Group/320th Bomb Squadron
Service Years
1941 - 1943

Technical Sergeant



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Arkansas
Arkansas
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cove
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Oct 27, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Papua New Guinea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Pleasant Grove Cemetery - Cove, Arkansas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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  1943, World War II Fallen [Verified]1

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AAF Flight Engineer Badge

 
 Unit Assignments
USAAF 5th Air Force
  1941-1943, AAF MOS 1036, USAAF 5th Air Force
  1941-1943, 737, 90th Bombardment Group/320th Bomb Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
TSgt. Hollis Smith served as a B-24D bomber flight engineer with the 320th Bombardment Squadron, 90th Bombardment Group, 5th Air Force in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII.

On 27 October he was flying aboard B-24D-115-CO "Shack Rat" (Tail Number 42-40918 ) when he and his crew were lost during operations in bad weather. They were on a reconnaissance mission, observing enemy ships in the Bismarck Sea where the Allies planned to attack a Japanese base, out of Port Moresby, New Guinea crashing into Sarawaget Mountain Range in Morobe Province. At the time of their loss, they had been flying at least 7+ hours.

They were listed as MIA, and were listed under Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 963. Between 2005 and 2007, after items and human remains belonging to the crew were found by locals, the JPAC found the remains of the crew, near Huon Bay, Dobadura Island Group. who were interred in 2011.

The crew lost:
Pilot 1st Lt Jack E. Volz
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Martin P. Murray
Navigator 2nd Lt Regis E. Dietz
Bombardier 2nd Lt William J. Shryock
Observer 2nd Lt Edward J. Lake
Engineer TSgt Hollis R. Smith
Radio TSgt Robert S. Wren
Gunner SSgt Frederick E. Harris
Gunner SSgt Berthold A. Chastain
Gunner SSgt Clyde L. Green
Tail Gunner SSgt. Claude A. Ray
Photographer SSgt Claude G. Tyler
   
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A Polk County family will finally be able to bury their loved one who went missing in action during World War II.

The armed forces found Technical Sergeant Hollis R. Smith's remains in New Guinea 67 years later. He was deployed there on a mission when he vanished back in 1943. Smith's remains are headed back to Cove, Arkansas to be buried in full military honors.
 
  SMITH, HOLLIS RAY  
  US ARMY AIR FORCES
  WORLD WAR II
  DATE OF BIRTH: 09/06/1921
  DATE OF DEATH: 10/27/1943
  BURIED AT:
  PLEASANT GROVE CEMETERY
  POLK ROAD 288 COVE, AR 71937
 

 
 
 
 
 
   
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