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2010/12/14 09:53:48 (permalink)
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Capt. Weldon Smith 93rd BS, 19th BG

Hi all,
 
I'm looking for information and pictures regarding Capt Weldon Smith 93rd Bomb Squadron. I am also looking for pictures/production information regarding the B-17E (#41-9014) which I believe was Capt Weldon smiths aircraft according to the book Fortress against the sun (page 217). I have been unable to find any pictures of this aircraft or pictures of Capt Smith and was wondering if anyone had any biographical information/pictures.
 
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    varsity07840
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    Re:Capt. Weldon Smith 93rd BS, 19th BG 2010/12/15 08:41:43 (permalink)
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    There is some bio info on Smith and a photo taken in 1946 in "The Swoose, Odyssey of a B-17" by Herbert S. Brownstein.
     
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    Re:Capt. Weldon Smith 93rd BS, 19th BG 2010/12/16 20:12:47 (permalink)
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    Hi there,
     
    Thanks for the information, I will have a look for this book.
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    Re:Capt. Weldon Smith 93rd BS, 19th BG 2011/02/01 06:36:25 (permalink)
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    I believe I have a first hand account of the crash of Red "A" Baby #41-9014 from Capt. Weldon Smith. It is a letter from Weldon (no last name) typed on victory paper, dated 9, July 1942. I am just starting to research the letter. I would love to share info to see if this is the same plane.
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    Re:Capt. Weldon Smith 93rd BS, 19th BG 2011/03/31 13:04:26 (permalink)
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    DEricksen,
    My Uncle, Jim Burke, was the radio operator/gunner on Weldon Smith's crew.  For the past few years I have been researching his service.  I have pieced together much of Weldon Smith's missions from December 17, 1941 until June 30, 1942, when #41-9014 crashed and my uncle was killed in the crash.  There is a nice webpage at:
             http://www.ozatwar.com/ozcrashes/nt125.htm
    that tells about this last mission.   There are also several magazine articles that were written at the time about this mission and this crew.  I would be glad to share these with you if you are interested.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Robert Thornburg
     
    PS     On a personal note, I would very much like to have a pdf copy of your letter so that I can read about my Uncle's death from the plane's pilot.   RWT 
     
    PS     Also, on the Ozatwar website (above) there is an email from Steve ?? posted on Oct 28, 2000.  Steve is the nephew of Everett Davis, the officer who pulled my uncle from the burning crashed airplane.  The email link is broken so I've been unable to contact him.  If you ever hear from Steve, I would very much like to be put in touch with him.     RWT
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    Re:Capt. Weldon Smith 93rd BS, 19th BG 2011/07/25 14:49:03 (permalink)
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    Hi there,
     
    Thank you for supplying the name of the aircraft. I have been looking for a picture of this aircraft and have had no success thus far. 
     
    Would it be possible to post the letter/magazine articles on-line? I would be very interested to read it.
     
    Thank you
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    Re:Capt. Weldon Smith 93rd BS, 19th BG 2011/11/30 02:03:37 (permalink)
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    41-9014 (c/n: 2486). Accepted: Boeing Aircraft Co, Seattle, Washington
                Delivered: 11 March 1942 - Northwest Airlines / Modification Center - (Minneapolis Airport)
                Assigned: 3 February 1942 - 5th AF / 19th BG - (Singosari Field, Garbutt Field, RAAF Longreach, Mareeba Field / 7 Mile Drome Staging Field)
                            Crashed: Wednesday, 30 June 1942 (Combat damage / engine failure) - Bachelor Field, Northern Territory - Australia
                                        (Pilot: Capt Weldon Smith) - 3 KIA - SOC.
                                                    5th AF mission / 19th BG mission (Dili and Koepang on Timor and Kendari)
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    Re:Capt. Weldon Smith 93rd BS, 19th BG 2013/01/30 18:19:23 (permalink)
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    I'm researching my namesake (my dad's best friend) SGT Robert Alvin French.  He died in the plane flown by Capt. Weldon Smith.  His body was buried in the Adelaide River Cemetery in Australia, and after the war was transferred to Longwood (FL) Cemetery.  I would love to get a scan or copy of your letter.  Thanks for your willingness to share with this forum.
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