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Richard Leo Smith Collection

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Richard Leo Smith Collection

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Name:
Richard Leo Smith
State of Birth:
NY
Home State:
CA
Gender
Male
Race
White

War or Conflict
World War, 1939-1945
Military Status
Veteran
Dates of Service
1941-1952
Entrance into Service
Commissioned
Branch of Service
Army Air Forces/Corps
Unit of Service
303rd Bomb Group; 1st Scouting Force, 8th Air Force
Location of Service
England; European Theater
Battles/Campaigns
Battle of the Bulge
Service History Note
The veteran served in 60 combat missions before his 21st birthday 35 missions as a B-17 pilot and 25 as a P-51 pilot. One his 26th P-51 mission, the veteran had to bail out in Ingelmunster, Belgium. Veteran was on the first ship to arrive in New York Harbor after the Germans surrendered. During the Cold War the veteran was part of the Berlin Air Lift.

War or Conflict
Cold War
Military Status
Veteran
Branch of Service
Air Force
Battles/Campaigns
Berlin Crisis
Highest Rank
Captain

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Type of Resource:
Video: DVD [1 item] -- Oral history interview
Manuscript: Printed matter [1 item] -- Typewritten document
Interviewer:
Don Baer
Interviewer:
Steve Aldridge
Interviewer:
Jacob Kays
Contributor:
Don Baer
Contributor Affiliation/Organization:
Planes of Fame Air Museum
Collection #:
AFC/2001/001/80829
Subjects:
Smith, Richard Leo
World War, 1939-1945--Personal Narratives
United States. Army Air Forces/Corps.
Cold War--Personal Narratives
United States. Air Force.
Cite as:
Richard Leo Smith Collection
(AFC/2001/001/80829), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
 
 

 

Last Edit: 2019-11-06
 

 

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