42-105002

 

On 26 May 1944, a P-40N-5CU, # 105002, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 75th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Hengyang, China, on a combat mission of offensive reconnaissance to “Kingmen.” The fighter was last seen five miles south of “Kingmen” by Capt. James A. Anning, 0-727575. The pilot was 1stLt Warren R. Smedley, # 0-801910.

 

Capt. Anning reported: He led top cover for a strafing mission around Kingmen. Lt. Smedley was his element leader’s wingman. At 6,000 feet over Kingmen, someone called, “Zeroes.” He saw 2 Oscars on Lt. Smedley’s tail. He made a head on run and cleared the Oscars off his tail. Smedley was last seen heading south at 6,000 feet with Zeroes around him.

 

Lt. Smedley was seen in photos, a captive of the enemy, on the streets of Hankow, China. Chinese guerillas informed Americans that the former mayor of Yochow, who lived SE of Yochow in unoccupaied (by the enemy) territory. The mayor sold Lt. Smedley to the enemy.

 

SMEDLEY, WARREN R., First Lieutenant, # 0-801910, USAAF

 

Warren R. Smedley was born on 17 December 1920 in Lucas Co., Ohio, to Archibald “Archie” Arthur Smedley (1881-1955) (Mich.) and Alta V. (Homan) Smedley (1886-1985) (OH). A sibling was John S. Smedley (1915-1980). In 1930 his father was an engine mechanic. In 1940 his father was a steamship marine engineer.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 26 December 1941 at Camp Perry, Lacarne, Ohio, while living in Lucas County, Ohio. He completed flight instruction and advanced flight schools. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent to 14th Air Force in China. On 26 May 1944, a P-40N-5CU, # 105002, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 75th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Hengyang, China, on a combat mission of offensive reconnaissance to “Kingmen.” The fighter was last seen five miles south of “Kingmen” by Capt. James A. Anning, 0-727575. Capt. Anning reported: He led top cover for a strafing mission around Kingmen. 1stLt. Smedley was his element leader’s wingman. At 6,000 feet over Kingmen, someone called, “Zeroes.” He saw 2 Oscars on 1stLt. Smedley’s tail. He made a head on run and cleared the Oscars off his tail. 1stLt. Smedley was last seen heading south at 6,000 feet with Zeroes around him. 1stLt. Smedley was seen in photos, a captive of the enemy, on the streets of Hankow, China. Chinese guerillas informed Americans that the former mayor of Yochow, who lived SE of Yochow in unoccupaied (by the enemy) territory. The mayor sold 1stLt. Smedley to the enemy. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.