|Pilot 1st Lt. Paul Smith, O-740581 (MIA / KIA) WV
MIA November 8, 1943 at 11:00am
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 431st Fighter Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On November 8, 1943 took off from North Embi Airfield (Dobodura No. 12) on a mission. Returning via Kiriwina Island, this P-38 was last seen at 11:00am entering heavy clouds about 20 miles northwest of the Ayutosen Maru (The Gona Wreck). When Smith failed to return he was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Smith was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Missing Air Crew Report 1846 (MACR 1846)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Paul Smith
FindAGrave - Paul Smith (photo)
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June 4, 2019