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Jim Smith - World War II

James E. Smith was a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot in Europe during World War II. Assigned to the 527th Squadron, 379th Bomb Group, Smith's first mission was against the ball bearing plants at Schweinfurt, Germany. Smith eventually flew 25 combat missions over Germany and France as the pilot of 'Ruthie.'

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Fighter Pilot Salute

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

From Training Pilot to Schweinfurt

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Surviving Twenty-Five missions

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2nd Lieutenant James Smith in flight school, Luke Air Field, Arizona in spring of 1943.

Where:

Luke Air Field, Arizona

When:

spring of 1943

Ownership:

Public domain

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1st Lieutenant Smith, in a photo taken after the war. He proudly wears his medals, including the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Public domain

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Ruthie's flight crew. Front left is Joseph Uporsky, Walter Webster, Edward ‘Whitey' Warren, Shorty Davis, Leroy Nicholson and J. L. Potter. Back row: LT Smith (Pilot), the bombardier (unknown), Joe LeBore (Navigator), and Leon Lanphear (Co-pilot).

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Public domain

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Photo taken while Private Smith was assigned to the field artillery, circa 1942.

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Unknown

When:

circa 1942

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Public domain

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LT Smith with the ground crew for Ruthie, taken at Kimbolton Airfield, England.

Where:

Kimbolton Airfield, England.

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Unknown

Ownership:

Public domain

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A B-17 on a mission over Schweinfurt, Germany. Schweinfurt was Smith's first mission. Photo is from the National Archives World War II collection.

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Schweinfurt, Germany

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Unknown

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Public domain

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An areal shot of Kimbolton Airfield, England, where LT Smith, a member of the 379th Bomb Group, was based.

Where:

Kimbolton Airfield, England

When:

Unknown

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See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF



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