Smith, Howard W., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
AAF 1092-Pilot B-17
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF 1092, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
Service Years
1942 - 1944


First Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Long Island, Kansas
Bakersfield, California

Casualty Date
Jun 10, 1944
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Adriatic Sea
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Florence, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Tablets of the Missing

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World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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AAF Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USAAF 15th Army Air Force
  1944-1944, AAF 1092, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Howard Smith served as a B-17G pilot with the 775th Bomb Squadron (H), 463rd Bomb Group (H), 5th Bomb Wing, 15th Air Force based out of Celone Army Air Base, near Foggia, Italy. The unit arrived on March 1944.

The bombing target for 10 June was the railroad marshalling yards at Mestre, Italy.

The crew were lost in the crash of their B-17G (tail number 42-37997) after it was was hit by AAA. The aircraft was seen to slide out of formation, black smoke observed to trail from the right #4 engine, roll over on its back and began to spin, when fire brok out in its right wing, causing the wing to break off and the ship to blow up.  Five chutes were seen, but believed by the eye witness to have been blown out of the aircraft. Theirs was the only aircraft lost on that day.

Believed that the ship went down off the coast of Venice in the Adriatic Sea.

1st Lt. Howard W. Smith (pilot)
2nd Lt. Frank M. Gilbert (co-pilot)
SSgt. Joseph Russo (navigator)
2nd Lt. Kent Polkinghorne (bombardier)
TSgt. George H Wray (upter turret gunner)
SSgt. Scott T. Rousseau (LT)
TSgt. Grover C. Jenkins (radio operator)
SSgt. Hugh R. Diggins (right waist gunner)
SSgt. John M. Palmer (left waist gunner)
SSgt. Lloyd R. Upchurch (tail gunner)

No search and rescue attempts were made as the aircraft went down in enemy territory.

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