DONALD E. SMITH, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Donald Smith '38

Date of birth: September 10, 1914

Date of death: March 28, 1945

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:

Career & Loss

From naval aviation historian Richard Leonard via email on February 9, 2018:

  • NAS Pensacola attached for HTA flight training, 6/24/1940
  • NAS Pensacola designated NA # 7059, 1/23/1941
  • Date of rank LTJG from 1 Jul 1941 USN Register, 6/2/1941
  • Date of rank LT from 1 Jul 1942 USN Register, 6/15/1942
  • unspec VCS opns Operation Torch AM, 11/8/1942
  • VB-145 FAW-12 NAS Boco Chico attached, 7/31/1943
  • VB-145 (CO) FAW-16 NAAS Natal, 8/1/1943
  • Date of rank LCDR from 1 Jul 1944 USN Register, 3/1/1944
  • VPB-145 (CO) FAW-16 NAF Natal [was VB-145], 10/1/1944
  • VPB-145 FAW-16 NAF Natal detached, 1/1/1945
  • VJ-4 ComUtWingLant NAS Norfolk KIFA Chesapeake Bay area, 3/28/1945

Aside from above, no other information found on Don's life or loss. "VJ" is the designation for Utility Squadron.


Class of 1938

Donald is one of 70 members of the Class of 1938 in Memorial Hall.