FIRST LIEUTENANT ROBERT M. SMITH was born in New Jersey, in 1916 to Sydney T. and Gertrude A Smith. The oldest of three children, his father worked as lawyer, and in the early 1940s as the Police Recorder. He grew up in Haddon Heights NJ, where his parents owned a home at 211 Seventh Avenue. In 1930 the family included a sister, Marion R. Smith. After graduating from Haddon Heights High School, he attended the University of Pennsylvania for one year, and Camden County Vocational School for three years. He was working at the RCA plant in Camden NJ at the time he was called to national service in January of 1942. He had been installed as inspector of the Haddon Heights Assembly of Artisans only a week before the Army called.
Robert M. Smith qualified for flight duty, and was first posted at Maxwell Field AL. He received his wings and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in November of 1942. April of 1943 saw Lieutenant Smith going overseas, to serve with the Air Transport Command in India. He was promoted to First Lieutenant in August of 1943.
Robert Smith died while serving with the Air Transport Command in India on December 22, 1943. He had completed 23 missions over enemy territory before he was lost. He was survived by his parents and his sister, of the Seventh Avenue address in Haddon Heights NJ.
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