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LTC William Franklin Smith, Jr
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Birth: Jun. 3, 1918
Latham
Baldwin County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jul. 28, 1945
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Lt. Col. William F. Smith, Jr. of Birmingham, AL, was one of three occupants in a B-25D Army Air Force bomber (S/N 41-30577) which crashed into the fog-shrouded Empire State Building on July 28, 1945. LTC Smith, the pilot, was born in Latham, AL, but moved later with his parents to Birmingham, AL. He was a 1942 graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. He had completed more than 40 missions in Europe with the Eight Air Force and had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Cluster and the Air Medal with Clusters. His wife Martha died in 2003 at the age of 85 in Winslow, ME. 
 
Burial:
Elmwood Cemetery
Birmingham
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
Plot: Block 28
 
Created by: Christopher S. Myers
Record added: Feb 09, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17867033
LTC William Franklin Smith, Jr
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LTC William Franklin Smith, Jr
Added by: Christopher S. Myers
 
LTC William Franklin Smith, Jr
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The elevator operator who was injured was loaded into another elevator on the 80th floor and because the crash had severed the cables, it fell 1000 ft. to the bottom Betty Lou Oliver survived her injuries and died in 1999 buried in the Fort Smith National...(Read more)
- Joseph StCloud IRWIN
 Added: Jan. 23, 2015
I came across the documentary on TV and realized I know your grandson William IV. He came to visit and we drove to visit you in Birmingham. He and his brother placed pennies on the stone. I thought that was pretty cool! Just wanted to say thanks!
- Heather Wales
 Added: Oct. 2, 2014
Rest in peace.
- Amanda Fox
 Added: Aug. 24, 2014
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