Robert C. SMITH

 

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NUMERO DE SERVICEO-739355
AGE- ans
DATE DE NAISSANCEClio, MICHIGAN
ETATINDIANA
FAMILLE--
GRADE1st Lieutenant
FONCTIONPilote
PROFESSION AVANT INCORPORATION--IN
DATE D'INCORPORATION--
SQUADRON503th Fighter Bomb Squadron
GROUP339th Fighter Bomb Group
ARMY8th Air Force
DATE DU DECES8 juin 1944smith robert c tombe
STATUTKIA
LIEU DU DECESLa Réhorie - Cne de Montautour
DONNEE DE PLAN

P-51 Mustang - type C-I - s/n 42-103299

p 51 mustang
Macr: 5618
Mission : Rennes
Décollage : Station 378 Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire UK
Abattu par chasseur Focke Wulf 190 - à 17h30

CIMETIEREBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY de St James

Plan du Cimetière Américain de St James

TOMBE
BlocRangTombe
D183
DECORATION
Purple HeartPhoto
Distiguished Flying Cross + Oak Leaf Clusterdfc+olc
Air Medal + 3 Oak Leaf ClusterPhoto
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 Stèle en mémoire

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8AIRFORCE

339th FIGHTER GROUP

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Squadrons of the 339th Fighter Group
503th Fighter Squadron
504th Fighter Squadron
505th Fighter Squadron
 
Assigned 8th AAF: 4 April 1944
Wing / Affectation des commandes VIII FC,
66 FW: 4 April 1944. 3 BD,
66 FW: 15 Sep. 1944. 3 AD,
66 FW: 1 Jan. 1945.
 
Combat Aircraft:
P-51 B
P-51 C
P-51 D
P-51 K
 
Stations
FOWLMERE 5 Avril 1944 - 10 Octobre 1945
 
Group COs
Col John B. Henry Jr: 17 Aout 1943 - 13 avril 1945
Lt Col Harold W. Scruggs acting 1 Octobre 1944 - 24 Décembre 1944
Lt Col Carl T. Goldenberg acting 24 Décembre - 28 Décembre 1944.
Lt Col William C. Clark: 14 avril 1945 - inconnu
 
Première Mission: 30 avril 1944
Dernière Mission: 21 avril 1945.
Total sorties: 264
Réclamations d'un avion ennemi: 239 air; 440 sol.
MIA: 97
 
Principale Décoration
Distinguished Unit Citation: 10
 
11 Septembre 1944: Destruction 58 avions ennemis sur les missions d'escorte.
 
Claims to Fame Highest claims of air and ground enemy aircraft victories in one year. Tested the Berger G-suit for 8AF. Only group to claim over a hundred ground strafing victories on two occasions - 105 on 4 April 1945 and 118 on 16 April 1945. Early History: Activated as 339 BG at Hunter Field, GA. on 10 August 1942, with the 482nd, 483rd, 484th and 485th Bomb Squadrons.
 
Established Drew
Field, FL. in February 1943 and trained with A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers. With abandonment of dive-bomber role Group moved Walterboro AAField, SC. on the 4th July 1943 and re-equipped with P-39. Unit was Re-designated as Fighter Bomber Group on the 15 August 1943 and squadrons renumbered. Unit then moved to Rice Field, CA. on 16 Sep. 1943 and continued training. Commenced overseas movement 9 March 1944, arriving at Camp Shanks, NY. on the 14 March 1944 and sailing on the Stirling Castle, on 22 March 1944 and arriving in Liverpool 4 April 1944. Unit was re-equipped with P-51s on the 12 April 1944.
 
Subsequent History:
Group returned to US on October 1945. Aircraft were sent to depots for disposal in August 1945. Personnel sailed on Queen Mary on the 11 October 1945, arriving in New York on 16 October 1945. Group established at Camp Kilmer, NJ. and inactivated there on 18 October 1945. In 1946 the unit was re designated as the 107th Fighter Group and allotted to New York ANG. Later equipped with F-100C

SOURCES INFORMATIONSFrancecrashes39-45.net
SOURCES PHOTOSFrédéric LAVERNHE - JF PELLOUAIS
PROGRAMMEURSFrédéric & Renaud