FREDRICK J. SMITH|
World War II
Memories and Biography
(Taken from an e-mail to Will Lundy)
July 9, 2002
You sure made my day!! I just started research on my Uncle Fred. I live in Morrisville, PA which is a couple of hundred miles from where my uncle used to live. Sadly he passed in 1991. I have been doing genealogical work for my Smith lineage and all I had was a picture of him leaning against the B-24 with the emblem of the flying 8-Balls and I was looking at an 8th Air Force magazine and there was the emblem on a B-24 which really helped me to locate the 44th. Your info really let me hit a lot more information. I will send you the picture to keep for the squadron records and any other information, somewhat limited, as I traveled with my dad in the military.
I was also in the Air Force as a mechanic from 1968 to 1972 as an aircraft mechanic on C1241A aircrafts. Is there a way for me to get the 68th book with my uncle's name in it? I'm starting a dossier on him and I'll try to get as much information on his military as possible. I tried with the St. Louis way, but the fire in 1973 has put a damper on that avenue. My uncle got out in 1945. And he moved back to his parent's house at Franklin ST. He then moved out to McSherrystown, PA. The next town over and he worked at making furniture most of his life. I'll put as much together as I can find and send it to you, including the picture. Any other information about Fred, please let me know as I will be doing a book on our Smith military history in the future. I'll keep in touch.
Also, I'm doing some research with the Norwich area in England about the old Shipdham field. The field is being used as a general aviation airstrip now and I've been trying to get them over the net and get a hold of the Norwich Historical Society for the Airfield.
Again, thank you for the return information and I will keep in continuous contact for more updates of information I have to give you.
Thanks. Steve Smith
July 10, 2002
Will, thanks for the reply.
I don't really have a lot of other knowledge about him except that he lived all his remaining life in McSherrystown, PA. In the obit, I have circled my Dad's name. It's good to find out what my uncle did in the war and each new bit will be cherished.
I will be sending a card or two over to the UK for additional updates.
You spoke of Webb Todd. What is the name of his book? Where can I get it? Yes, I would appreciate copies of a few pages of Uncle Fred's listing in the 68th.
Thanks. I'll be writing to Steve Adams and or the Trust Liberian's for the BG CD information. I did send to Maxwell AFB for the 68th microfilm, so I might be receiving that in a few months. I'll let you know what I receive regarding this avenue.
Again, thanks for the update. Steve Smith
Letter from Fred's Son, Jerry Smith
July 11, 2002
Good to hear from you and thanks for the information on Norwood.
I know I have discovered two medals Dad did not have. He has the EAME "European - African - Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon. There is a medal for this also which he did not have. Another one is the World War II Victory Medal and Ribbon which he also does not have.
On his separation paper under "Decorations and Citations" it states, "EAME Service Ribbon with one Silver Service Star and four Bronze Service Stars." I would think he never received his one Silver Service Star and one other Bronze Service Star.
I went to the VA Tuesday and got a from to fill out so I can get what he deserved. Hopefully, it will not take as long as everyone says it will.
I will write up a little bio on Dad for you if you want. Just let me know what kind of information you would like and I will see what I can come up with.
Thanks again for everything and keep in touch.
Frederick J. Smith - Sheet Metal in 68th Squadron