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James Walter Smedley



Units served with

  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force

    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 86th Fighter Group

    86th Fighter Group

    The Group was constituted as 86th Bombardment Group (Light) on 13-Jan 1942, and activated on 10 Feb 1942. It was redesignated 86th Bombardment Group (Dive) in Sep 1942, 86th Fighter-Bomber Group in Aug 1943, and 86th Fighter Group in May 1944. ...

  • 527th Fighter-Bomber Squadron

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Mansfield, AR 28 June 1921
Enlisted Oklahoma City, OK 23 March 1942
Shot Down/Captured NE of Pofi, Italy 15 February 1944

Shot down flying A-36A Apache #42-83893

POW Barth, Germany 25 February 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft I

(Dates are approximate)

Died HIckory Creek, TX 28 September 2004
Buried Dallas, TX 2 October 2004

Calvary Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Section L