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Delbert C. Smith

Technical Sergeant Delbert C. Smith, 39166314 was a native of Anaheim, California.

He flew to Australia with Lieutenant William E. O’Brien in B-17F "Black Jack" 41-24521 and flew his first combat mission in late September 1942.

During the ditching of "Black Jack" he was the most seriously wounded, suffering a broken back and was evacuated first in a RAAF flying boat.

After ditching, he was awarded a second Air Medal Oak Leaf Cluster. Afterwards, he never returned to flying duty.

He died in Rogers, Arkansas on August 18, 1992.


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