Brooklyn, New York
Born April 19, 1919
Captain, U.S. Air Force
Service Number AO790465
Missing in Action – Presumed Dead
Died April 30, 1951 in Korea
Captain Smith was the pilot of a F-51D Mustang night fighter with the 12th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 18th Fighter Bomber Wing. On April 30, 1951, while on a combat mission, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire, crashed and burst into flames near Miudong, Korea.
He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.
Captain Smith was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
There is a Memorial Stone in Arlington National Cemetery in remembrance of Captain Smith.
- CAPT US AIR FORCE
- DATE OF BIRTH: 04/19/1919
- DATE OF DEATH: 04/30/1951
- BURIED AT: SECTION MH SITE 325-B
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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