Smith, James William

Individual Personnel Data
Name Smith, James William   
Rank First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-661982   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per 547th Bomb Squadron Unit History, effective 27 January 1943.
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 25 June 1943
Results Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11
DecorationsAwarded the Purple Heart for wounds received on 25 June 1943 per General Orders #38, Headquarters, Miami District, AAF Personnel Distribution Command dated 18 September 1945.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 16357 (1.629 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album

Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
The first combat crew assigned to the squadron.
1st Lt. Smith, James WilliamPilotPOW
2nd Lt. Keck, George BCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Taber, Robin EverettNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Meyers, Francis Joseph, JrBombardierPOW
S/SGT. Reichwein, John JosephRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Buckley, Robert HEngineer / Top Turret GunnerKIA
SGT. Jones, Lynn TiltonBall Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Igou, William Fredrick, "Bill"Tail GunnerPOW
SGT. MacArthur, Stanley WilliamFlexible GunnerPOW
PFC. Pratt, David AllanFlexible GunnerPOW

Crew History

The James W Smith Crew was the first one to be assigned to the 547th BS of the 384th BG at Wendover - becoming its "Model Crew" and "Crew 71" (crew #1 of the 547th) - on 27 January 1943, joining Pratt who had arrived the day prior.

Co-pilot Keck was later given his own crew, #77, and was replaced by Robert B Kilmer, Jr., a pilot who had arrived with a new crew on 11 March 1943.

The Smith Crew, less Kilmer, Taber, and Igou, were shot down on its second mission, and Buckley was KIA. All the remainder were POW - which later was the fate of the remaining member of the crew who did not fly that mission.

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 2 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
1 22 June 1943 Target: General Motors Truck Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Co-pilot 42‑5850 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
2 25 June 1943 Target: Industrial Area & Submarine Pens
Type: Military
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑5850 Combat Mission Credit
Failed To Return
Group lead. Bombed primary on wing lead. Lost altitude near coast of England, one engine out and another smoking; cr Smallbroek, The Netherlands. MACR 16357 Maj. Selden Longley McMillin was awarded the Silver Star for this action (Owens p. 197).
Sortie Report

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