Emmett H. McPheron

SMITH, KENNETH DOUGLAS, Second Lieutenant, # 0-705155, USAAF


Kenneth D. Smith was born on 17 March 1924 in Mansfield, Richland Co., Ohio, to Howard Douglas Smith (1892-1949) (IL) and Helen Wentz (Summers) Smith (1897-1987) (OH).  His father was an insurance underwriter in 1930. Living with them in 1940 was his maternal grandmother, Estella Blanche (Wentz) Summers (1869-1947) (widowed – Dr. Daniel V. Summers, M.D. (1863-1917) (Homeopathic Medicine specialty; Pulte Medical College, Cincinnati, OH; graduated 1888). He was married to Joan P. Smith, 650 Dickson Parkway, Mansfield, Ohio.


After enlisting # 15140618), he served and was selected for aviation training, completed flight schools through advanced courses and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 30 June 1945, a C-47A, “Marjorie,” with “6” on the nose, # 43-15881, assigned to 10th Air Force, North Burma Air Task Force, 1st Air Commando Group, 20th Combat Cargo Squadron, Bhamo, Burma, departed the airfield at Myitkyina South, Burma, on a cargo mission to Warazup, Burma. Last known contact was with base operations at Myitkyina South, Burma. The Task Force Air Jungle Rescue unit handled the search. Three of the crew’s (Smith, Kendall & Toombs) remains were indistinguishable and were buried in a group ceremony and burial in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 11 July 1949 (Sec. 34, Site 5024 & 5025). A memorial marker was placed in the Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Richland Co., Ohio.


His father, born 18 February 1892, served during WWI, Corporal, # 3434543, U.S. Army, from 15 June 1918 to an honorable discharge 22 April 1919 (734th Motor Company). He died on 28 February 1949 and was buried 3 March 1949 in the Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, OH.