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Personnel

Lt

Ralph D SMITH

Army Serial Number: 15407360
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 349th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Copilot

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: EVA
MACR: 00000
CR: 00000
Comments: 3 SEP 43 BEAUMONT Le ROGER (COL WITH 100TH B-17)

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

2nd Lt Charles B. Winkelman P EVADEE 3/9/43 PARIS SN# O-738320
2nd Lt Ralph D. Smith CP EVADEE 3/9/43 PARIS SN# O-801345
2nd Lt William H. Booth NAV EVADEE 3/9/43 PARIS SN# O-800093
2nd Lt Howard M. Harris BOM EVADEE 3/9/43 PARIS SN# O-676325
T/Sgt Thomas E. Combs TTE EVADEE 3/9/43 PARIS SN# 14134640 Taps 1983
T/Sgt Jean E. Ray ROG POW 3/9/43 PARIS SN# 37426256
S/Sgt Thomas L. Cuccaro BTG POW 3/9/43 PARIS SN# 32437605
S/Sgt Michael F. Darcy WG EVADEE 3/9/43 PARIS SN# 32443852
S/Sgt Alfred J. Zeoli WG EVADEE 3/9/43 PARIS SN# 31042353
S/Sgt Ennis M. Bankhead TG KIA 3/9/43 PARIS SN# 38220710

349th Sqdn. Crew, as above, joined 100th Group on 25/8/43.
No MACR in national archives files. A/C #42-30035 "TORCHY"

Crew was on its first mission - Paris. Apparently a 100th Group a/c came up below the a/c
of this crew and one of its props chewed into the tail assembly killing Bankhead. In 1981
correspondence with Thomas Combs he explained that he became separated from the rest of
the crew after bail out. Combs was aided by French patriots and underground. Spent 3 months
in Paris then down to southern border and crossed Pyrenees in Dec. and was flown back to
England arriving 3 Jan. 1944 exactly 4 months after being shot down. Winkelman got back
about 2 months later.

"TORCHY" was the a/c flown overseas by the crew of Sam L. Barr. It was named after the
wife of James R. Brown, navigator of the crew.

Sgt. Bankhead is buried in the Epinal American cemetary.

I note a little error into Evaders' pages: About crewmen of Torchy serial 42-30035 (E&E167, 258, 259, 271, 272 303, and 468.) I read (^) Dhusson-Longueville, France. Sorry, is not D'Huisson-Longueville but precisely Cerny (91). I was searching about the S/Sgt Ennis Bankhead killed in his turret by propellers of Sunny serial 42-30089 and I hope a marble plate in honor to him. According to witnesses The Torchy was crashed in 48° 28' 11.09'' N / 02° 19' 46.97'' E on juridiction of Cerny…..Jean Robin.


Smith, Ralph Dill, 94, of Brooksville, Fla., died on October 7, 2012 at HPH Hospice, Brooksville. He was born July 21, 1918 in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Mifflin High School. Ralph entered US Air Force (8th Army Air Corp) during WWII as a B17 Bomber Pilot and retired as a 1st LT with a Purple Heart. His veteran organizations are E.T.O 100th Bomb Group 349th, “Bloody Hundredth”, Air Force Escapees Society, Caterpillar Club, and DAV. He piloted WWII-B17 Bombers & B24 Bombers which were shot down Sept. 3, 1943 over France on their 2nd mission and had to escape, by walking, into Spain via the Pyrenees Mountains. He was a Masonic Chandler 138 in London, Ohio, who received his 50 year pin in 1991. Ralph was a part of the Egypt Temple Shrine and The Scottish Rite in Tampa for 52 years. He was an owner of grapefruit and orange groves and joined the Florida Citrus Mutual in 1969. Ralph retired from Central Truck Lines, Tampa, Fla., in 1975. He enjoyed traveling in his motor home with friends and family all over America. He is predeceased by his wife, Kathleen Owens Smith, for 68 years; survived by brother-in-law; Kenneth Owens; nieces; nephews; great-nieces & nephews; and great-great-nieces & nephews. Services will be held Friday, October 12, 2012 from 10:30-11 with a sermon to follow at Hodges Family Funeral Home, Hwy 301, Dade City, Fla. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Gardens, Dade City.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Paris
Aircraft:
"Torchy" (42-30035)
Date:
1943-09-03
Cause:
COLLIDED  with A/C 42-30089

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt WINKELMAN, Charles P EVA
LT SMITH, Ralph D CP EVA
Lt BOOTH, William H. NAV EVA
LT HARRIS, Howard M. BOM EVA
T/SGT COMBS, Thomas E. TTE EVA
S/Sgt RAY, Jean E. ROG POW
T/SGT CUCCARO, Thomas L. BTG POW
S/SGT DARCY, Michael F. WG EVA
S/SGT ZEOLI, Alfred J. WG EVA
S/SGT BANKHEAD, Ennis M. TG KIA