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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Robert J. Smith, O-746205 (MIA / KIA) NC
Crashed November 16, 1943 at 10:15am
Over the target, the formation was attacked from above and the P-38s dove away with "Zeros" [sic Ki-43 Oscars] that followed them southward towards the Sepik River before they gave up the chase.
This P-38 was last seen by P-38 piloted by Major Franklin A. Nichols at 10:15am approximately ten miles north of the Sepik River. The cause of the loss was unknown. When this aircraft failed to return, Smith was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
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