|Pilot Ensign Alfred Smith Smith (MIA/KIA) NJ
Crashed December 8, 1943
Smith earned the Air Medal.
Took off from USS Bunker
Hill (CV-17) on a mission against Nauru. Shot
by anti-aircraft fire, it crashed vertically between two anti-aircraft positions.
Stan Gajda adds:
"The Japanese managed to shoot down two American planes on Nauru. [This aircraft and TBF Avenger 47589]"
Smith's remains were located after the war and are buried at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl) at Plot P Row 0 Grave 802.
Thanks to Stan Gajda and Peter Flahavin for additional information.
US Navy Loss Microfilm lists pilot as 'A. F. Smith'
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February 4, 2018