2Lt Emil Smetana

2Lt Emil Smetana

Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death 30 Jan 1944 (aged 22)
Burial Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands
Plot M , Row : 17 , Grave : 16.
Memorial ID 56303968 · View Source
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Emil was born May 1, 1921, Pennsylvania and later moved to Detroit, Michigan.
His parents are from Czechoslovakia.

In Dec 2, 1942 he enlisted to the air corps.

In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
His last mission, Jan 30, 1944, just before Target Brunswick, the plane was hit by a FW 190.
Unfortunately, Emil was killed
He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal

In 1944, when Emil died on the age of 21 he left behind his family :

His step father, Stephen Kuchka
His mother, Anna Kuchka
His (step)brother, Andrew Lahoncht
His (step)sister, Anna Lahoncht

2nd Lt
1922 - 1944
Bombardier aboard 42-37856
(Fancy Nancy III)


Gravesite Details Entered the service from Michigan.



  • Maintained by: Andy Swinnen
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56303968
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Emil Smetana (1 May 1921–30 Jan 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56303968, citing Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands ; Maintained by Andy Swinnen (contributor 46959477) .