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Hugh W Smith


Shot down by flak on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-24J #42-100375. Prisoner of War (POW).

POW & Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster


Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...


Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...


Event Location Date
Born Irondale, Alabama, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 8 March 1944
Died 30 June 2006
Buried Birmingham, Alabama


Date Contributor Update
01 January 2015 18:04:23 jkeeffe389 Changes to place associations

MACR 2959

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2015 18:02:48 jkeeffe389 Changes to service number

MACR 2959

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:25 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2959 / MACR 2959, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces.son / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database