1Lt Earle P Smith, Jr

Birth
Maine, USA
Death 9 Apr 1944 (aged 20–21)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56763475 · View Source
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Earle served as a First Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-24J "Super" #42-73338, 65th Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force During World War II.

He resided in Bristol County, Massachusetts prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on June 22, 1942 at Fort Rodman, New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Salesmen and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24J #42-73338 took off from Nadzab Airfield on a bombing mission over Hansa Bay. They were hit, over the target, by ground anti-aircraft fire which blew off one of the wings and they crashed into the sea.

Earle was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission during the war.

He was awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross", Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-748821

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Airmen who perished on B-24J #42-73338:

Ball, Louis D ~ Sgt, Gunner, IL
Bialy, Joseph G ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NJ
Brown, James C ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, SC
Fitzgerald, Robert E ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, MA
Huntington, Harry F ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, CA
Keen, Joseph C, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OH
Schlesier, Harold G ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, IL
Smith, Earle P, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, MA
Steffanelli, Patrick P ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, NJ
Taylor, John W ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, TN

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56763475
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Earle P Smith, Jr (1923–9 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56763475, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .