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ELMER W. SMITH
World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

April 16, 1984

Dear Will:

You did find the right Elmer Smith. I must say that you, no doubt, went to a lot of trouble to find me. First, going through the records of the 44th Bomb Group and then, no doubt, going through the records of the 2nd Air Division to get my address. It is always good to hear from someone from the old group, even if they are strangers, it is nice to make new friends after all these years.

Will, I am sorry that I cannot help you in supplying the information you request. For the life of me, I cannot remember any code name that we used in reporting to the tower. The only thing I remember is using the squadron plane letters. In the 66th, it was a "+" sign after the letter such as C+ Charlie or A+ Able. Since I received your letter last Friday, I have talked to my radio operator, Georges Kubes in Chicago and my navigator, Edwin Serbin in Denver. Neither of them can recall a code name used in the squadron. George said that he would look through his records and by chance come up with something. If he does, he will send it to me and I will sure forward it to you.

I am sorry that I cannot be of any help to you and Roger, but it is nice to have had a chance to meet you through this correspondence. I remain,

Yours truly,

Elmer W. Smith





ELMER W. SMITH
World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

6 May 1984

Dear Mr. Lundy:

That plane crash of 13 June 1945 was news to me. I don't recognize any of those names on that crew. [Ketchem's crew]. I flew my last combat mission 31 March 1945. I was then put on the group staff as briefing officer. Col. Snavely was group C.O. The rest of my crew were split up. The gunners and bombardiers were sent back to the states. My copilot, navigator, radio operator, and engineer were transferred to a weather squadron in southern England and flew weather recognizance several weeks before being sent home.

About two weeks before VE Day, I was made operations officer of the 68th squadron. When we deactivated the group, I flew an old stripped-down monitor ship back to the states. It was an old ship that they wanted back stateside.

By the way, all of the members of my crew are still living and keep in touch with each other. We have had two crew reunions in the past six years. Once in St. Louis and one in Chicago and plan on having another next year for our 40th anniversary.

I think that is great that you have written a history of the 67th and would like to have a copy of it. If you have them ready, please let me know and I will send you a check for it.

I wish that I could be of more help to you for the information you need, but I remain,

Yours truly,

Elmer W. Smith
 
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