Witnesses saw it get hit and crash and saw no survivors. Witnesses to the crash included 1stLt Robert A. Nice, 0-693433, 2ndLt Thomas H. Anderson, 0-738062, 2ndLt Merry A. Maney, 0-800147, and SSgt Eugene E. Banzhof, 32277303. The witnesses reported that they saw the B-25 drop bombs on an enemy ship then climb; then at about 200 MPH, nose down, part of the right wing separated; then the B-25 was seen to descend, hit the high mud river bank and explode and burn. They saw no survivors. The crash was 10 miles upriver from Anking, China. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart Medal.

SMITH, LYNWOOD WARNER, Sergeant, # 13049624, USAAF

 

Lynwood W. Smith was born on 2 January 1918 in Hanover, Pennsylvania, to Ross C. Smith (1887-1962) and Lillie May (Warner) Smith (1893-1962) (married 28 August 1914, York Co., PA). Sibling was Mary Elizabeth (Smith) Dull (1915-2005).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, resided at 300 Fourth St., Hanover, York Co., PA, employed by the Benjamin Foster Co., and described himself as 5’5”, 140 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He noted that he had an appendicitis scar. After enlisting in the USAAF in Baltimore, Maryland, on 26 December 1941, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief) on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 30 December 1943 a B-25D, # 41-30457, assigned to 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 11th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Suichwan, China, on a mission to attack the enemy positions west along the Yangtze River. Witnesses saw it get hit and crash and saw no survivors. Witnesses to the crash included 1stLt Robert A. Nice, 0-693433, 2ndLt Thomas H. Anderson, 0-738062, 2ndLt Merry A. Maney, 0-800147, and SSgt Eugene E. Banzhof, 32277303. The witnesses reported that they saw the B-25 drop bombs on an enemy ship then climb; then at about 200 MPH, nose down, part of the right wing separated; then the B-25 was seen to descend, hit the high mud river bank and explode and burn. They saw no survivors. The crash was 10 miles upriver from Anking, China. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart Medal.