Smith, Howard Emmerson, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 8th Fighter-Bomber Group
Service Years
1948 - 1950
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Spokane, Washington

Itazuke Air Base, Japan

Casualty Date
Jul 30, 1950
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korean War
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: C, 3952

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8th Fighter-Bomber Group
  1950-1950, 8th Fighter-Bomber Group
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P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1950-1950, P-51/F-51 Mustang
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Date: 30-JUL-1950
Type: Silhouette image of generic P51 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American F-51D Mustang
Owner/operator: USAF
Registration: 44-73608
C/n / msn:  
Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: -   South Korea
Nature: Military
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Destination airport:  
Attached to 8th Ftr-Bmbr Gp. ( 51st Fighter Squadron) Hit by ground fire while on strafing run, crashed into hillside 5 miles south of Koch'ang, Cholla-bukto, South Korea.


First Lieutenant Smith went on active duty on 12 October 1948.

In Korea, he was the pilot of a F-51D Mustang night fighter with the 51st Fighter Bomber
Squadron (Provisional), 8th Fighter Bomber Group.

On July 30, 1950, while on a strafing run, his aircraft was hit by groundfire and crashed into a hill 5 miles south of Koch'ang, Cholla-bukto, South Korea.

First Lieutenant Smith was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.



Howard Emmerson Smith
Birth:  Apr. 16, 1920
Death:  Jul. 30, 1950
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Plot: C, 3952
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