1/Lt. Lawrence Morton Smith

(F. Birtciel)

1/Lt. Lawrence Morton Smith

343rd FS - 15 March 1943 - March 1944

Assigned Aircraft

Not Known

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
07 22 October 1943 Cambrai
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Notes 23 January 1921 - Born in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
31 March 1943 - Enlisted in the US Army Air Corp, in Omaha, NE
Serial Number (at enlistment) - 17063736
15 March 1943 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
December 1943 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to to 1st Lieutenant
December 1943 - Awarded the Air Medal

Passed away on 09 September 2012

Memories Lt Smith was one of the original pilots (27 of us) who went to England with the 343rd Squadron. (F. Birtciel - Feb 2005)

Lawrence Morton "Smitty" Smith - Obituary
Smith, Lawrence Morton 'Smitty' 91 Jan. 23, 1921 Sept. 09, 2012 Lawrence Morton "Smitty" Smith was born on Jan. 23, 1921 in Red Cloud, Neb., the only son of H. Morton and Winifred Smith. He graduated from Red Cloud High School and attended the University of Nebraska. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in March of 1942 and was called to active duty three months later as an aviation cadet. Following his graduation and receiving his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant he was assigned to the 343rd Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group out of McCord Air Base in Tacoma, Wash. While stationed at McCord Air Base he met Dorothy "Dodie" May Haugsten and on May 8, 1943 they were married. Smitty and Dodie recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. As Dodie always told Smitty "This is only temporary." He departed in September 1943 for England and his first station overseas, was Nuthampstead, England. He flew combat missions in a P-38 aircraft. He was then transferred to the 311th Fighter squadron out of Northern Ireland. After returning from overseas he continued to serve in the Army reserves and retired as a Captain. Following his discharge from the Army Air Corp, Smitty joined the Haugsten Family business, "The Daily Journal of Commerce" and until 1998 served as President at which time the newspaper was sold. Smitty then became Chairman of the Board for Journal Graphics, a commercial printing company where he worked at for over 66 years. He loved the DJC/Journal Graphics and felt it was an honor and a privilege to be associated with so many wonderful co-workers as they felt the same way about him. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf where he was a member of Waverley Country Club, Thunderbird Country Club (Rancho Mirage, Calif.), the Astoria Country Club and the Multnomah Athletic Club. He loved his family, friends and being involved in many youth activities with the Boy Scouts also coming to the rescue of several of the neighborhood kids while living on Loop Drive in Southwest Portland. Smitty passed away from a stroke Sunday morning Sept. 9 at Legacy Hopewell Hospice House surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Dodie; sons, Peter L. Smith of Vale, Michael D. Smith of Portland; daughter, Suzi Smith of Lake Oswego; daughter-in-law, Meg Smith of Portland; granddaughter, Tiffany Smith Spears and husband, Timothy Spears of Tigard; grandson, James Smith and wife, Julie; and great-granddaughters, Lillian Noel Smith of Wichita, Kan. and Suzanne Smith Noels of Portland.'

(originally published in the Oregonian)


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