SMITH, James Henry
Name: James Henry SMITH
Born 28 December 1918
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 25
Died 18 November 1976 in Corvina Hills, California, age 57
Service ID: O-698929
Service Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Air Group: 8th Air Force, 493rd Bomb Group, 862nd Bomb Squadron
Airbase: Debach, Suffolk UK
Aircraft: B-24 42-52759
Date shot down: 22 June 1944
Fate of crew: 3 captured immediately, 6 evaded; of those, 3 were captured (HORRIGAN, JH Smith, and PAXTON.
Date captured: 15 July 1944
Capture summary: Desoubrie and Orsini went to Chartres to pick up Smith, HORRIGAN, and PAXTON. Back to Paris, and this time to Villa Voisin. All were arrested the next day.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78323
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, NorthCompound
Kriege ID: 8154
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Stalag XIII-D, Nurnberg.
Notes on internment: Forced march and boxcar to Stalag VIIA 2-16 April 1945.
Liberation: 29 April 1945 by units of the 14th Armored Division from Patton’s Third Army.
Repatriation from ETO:
Notes on Post-War period: