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Malcolm A. Smith

395th Fighter Squadron, 368th Fighter Group

Captain, U.S. Army Air Forces

Entered the Service from:

Alabama

Died:

5/21/1944

Grave Location:

Plot C, Row 10, Grave 46

The 395th Fighter Group insignia.

When the United States entered World War II, Capt. Malcolm “Mac” A. Smith was a cadet at West Point. He trained in the P-40 Tomahawk, eventually flying a P-47 Thunderbolt, nicknamed “Mary Ann” after his wife. He was known for his flying skill and great courage as a devoted airman. Smith flew many combat missions, winning five Air Medals.

Capt. Malcolm A. Smith with his P-47 Thunderbolt, nicknamed ‚ Mary Ann‚ after his wife.

His unit, the 368thFighter Group, was one of the most heavily engaged air groups in isolating and eliminating enemy defenses in Normandy just prior to D-Day. Under heavy fire from the ground, as well as air attacks by enemy aircraft, Smith was shot down in his P-47 on May 21, 1944 near Vibrayue, France, at 26 years old. At the time of his death, his family included his wife Mary Ann, his daughter Susan Ann, his parents, and a sister, Marianne.

Men of the 368th Fighter Group working on a P-47 Thunderbolt.

Early in 1948, Smith’s family was deeply touched by the return of his West Point ring by a veteran Army GI. In September 1945, an elderly French woman in Le Mans had given the ring to a passing GI. She had witnessed his aircraft being shot down, and wanted to send his ring home to his family.

Awards: Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

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Malcolm A. Smith is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot C, Row 10, Grave 46.