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Lowell B Smith

Military

Assigned to 390FS, 366FG, 9AF USAAF. Took off, leading section, on close support mission, just as Luftwaffe attacked Asch A/D [Operation Bodenplatte]. Salvoed bombs and mixed it with Fw190's claiming 2 x kills in vicinity of base A/D.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 366th Fighter Group

    366th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...

  • 390th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Lashenden

    Military site : airfield
    Close to but completely separate from RAF Headcorn, Lashenden was built for the RAF during 1942-43 as an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), initially as a light bomber base and then as a training base for mobile fighter squadrons. Enlarged and improved for...

  • Asch

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Based Lashenden 1944

Assigned to 390FS, 366FG, 9AF USAAF.

Based Asch December 1944

Based with 390FS, 366FG, 9AF at Asch (Y-29).

E/A destroyed [3] Asch, 89143 Blaubeuren, Germany 1 January 1945

Took off, leading section, on close support mission, just as Luftwaffe attacked Asch A/D. Salvoed bombs and mixed it with Fw190's claiming 2 x kills in vicinity of base A/D.

Lived in Berkeley, CA, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2018 14:40:54 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Bodenplatte: The Luftwaffe's Last Hope By John Manrho, Ron Pütz
https://www.fold3.com/image/38859999
Angels Zero: P-47 Close Air Support in Europe By Robert Brulle

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