SMITH, HARRY WINFIELD

Name: Harry Winfield Smith
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Unit: 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing
Date of Birth: 30 June 1941
Home City of Record: BATON ROUGE LA
Date of Loss: 12 November 1969
Country of Loss: LAOS
Loss Coordinates: 172800 North  1054000 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4E #0219
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident: JON BODAHL, MIA
Refno:

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. 2020

REMARKS:

CACCF/CRASH/AIRCREW

No further information available at this time.

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Library of Congress files:

LA: BIOGRAPHICAL REPORT
Country: LA

Name: SMITH, HARRY W.

Subjects: Crash site; KAMMOUAN PROVINCE; Killed

Reel: 170

Page: 44

Type of Document: Miscellaneous

Date of Report: 84 07 11

Date of Information: 69 11 12

Originator: JCRC

Category: Casualty files


LA: JCRC-NARRATIVE
Country: LA

Name: SMITH, HARRY W.

Subjects: Ban Phanop; Crash site; BAN SENPHAN VILLAGE; KAMMOUAN PROVINCE;
Killed

Reel: 170

Page: 46-47

Type of Document: Miscellaneous

Date of Report: 92 06 01

Date of Information: 69 11 12

Originator: JCRC

Category: Casualty files

 

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MAJ HARRY WINFIELD SMITH

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On November 12, 1969, an F-4E Phantom II (tail number 67-0219) with a crew of two took off from Korat Air Base as the lead aircraft in a two-plane strike mission. As the flight proceeded to its target, it was diverted to assist in search and rescue efforts for a downed forward air controller (FAC) aircraft. The on-scene commander directed the Phantoms to destroy enemy helicopters around the FAC aircraft's crash site. Witnesses reported seeing a large explosion where the lead Phantom was making a gun run against enemy helicopters. Radio contact with the Phantom was lost, and search efforts for the aircraft and its crew were unsuccessful.

Captain Harry Winfield Smith, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Louisiana, was a member of the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing. He was the navigator aboard this Phantom when it went down, and was lost with the aircraft. His remains have not been recovered. Subsequent to the incident, and while carried in the status of missing in action (MIA), the U.S. Air Force promoted Captain Smith to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major Smith is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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