Pvt. Edwin C. Smoot

Verona Residence:
312 Claremont Ave
31 Montrose Ave

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Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf clusterdevice_olc_bronze

 

 

Missing Man Had 900 Hours

Pfc. Edwin C. Smoot, Jr. of 312 Claremont Avenue, Verona, missing on a flight between
China and India since September 16, has been awarded the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross, both with a cluster. His parents received the decorations at a ceremony in Weequahic Park last week.

Pfc. Smoot is an aerial engineer in the Army Transport Command. The citations
commended him for “more than 900 hours over dangerous and difficult Assam-China air
routes, where enemy interception and attack was probable and expected.” A graduate of Verona High School, he entered service in August, 1942, and went overseas the following July. He had worked for Walter Kidde Co.

Newark Evening News
June 4, 1945

 

Front and back of a Bank of China 10 Yuan note. This "Burma Roadster" has Edwin Smoot's signature as the first under  the words "Burma Roadster" and indicating that he was the one who collected the other signatures. This was left in his  personal belongings after being reported missing on September 16, 1944.

Front and back of a Bank of China 10 Yuan note. This “Burma Roadster” has Edwin Smoot’s signature as the first under
the words “Burma Roadster” and indicating that he was the one who collected the other signatures. This was left in his
personal belongings after being reported missing on September 16, 1944.

Minolta DSC

Minolta DSC

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Verona High School Class of 1942  Yearbook

Verona High School Class of 1942
Yearbook

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Front and back of a another Bank of China 10 Yuan note. This "Burma Roadster" belongs to Lee LaPrise, a veteran Radio  Operator that flew from the same China-Burma-India airbase as Edwin Smoot. Mr. LaPrise's signature also appears on the  first "Burma Roadster" pictured above, belonging to Edwin Smoot. Mr. LaPrise collected these signatures, but doesn't  remember Edwin Smoot. Note the asterisk next to his name, indicating his status as missing.

Front and back of a another Bank of China 10 Yuan note. This “Burma Roadster” belongs to Lee LaPrise, a veteran Radio
Operator that flew from the same China-Burma-India airbase as Edwin Smoot. Mr. LaPrise’s signature also appears on the
first “Burma Roadster” pictured above, belonging to Edwin Smoot. Mr. LaPrise collected these signatures, but doesn’t
remember Edwin Smoot. Note the asterisk next to his name, indicating his status as missing.

Front and back of a another Bank of China 10 Yuan note. This "Burma Roadster" belongs to Lee LaPrise, a veteran Radio  Operator that flew from the same China-Burma-India airbase as Edwin Smoot. Mr. LaPrise's signature also appears on the  first "Burma Roadster" pictured above, belonging to Edwin Smoot. Mr. LaPrise collected these signatures, but doesn't  remember Edwin Smoot. Note the asterisk next to his name, indicating his status as missing.

Front and back of a another Bank of China 10 Yuan note. This “Burma Roadster” belongs to Lee LaPrise, a veteran Radio
Operator that flew from the same China-Burma-India airbase as Edwin Smoot. Mr. LaPrise’s signature also appears on the
first “Burma Roadster” pictured above, belonging to Edwin Smoot. Mr. LaPrise collected these signatures, but doesn’t
remember Edwin Smoot. Note the asterisk next to his name, indicating his status as missing.

The following 4 page letter was written by Edwin Smoot on September 1, 1944, 15 days before his final fatal flight.  Sadly, Edwin indicates his wish to be home by Christmas as his required flight time was coming to an end.

The following 4 page letter was written by Edwin Smoot on September 1, 1944, 15 days before his final fatal flight.
Sadly, Edwin indicates his wish to be home by Christmas as his required flight time was coming to an end.

The following 4 page letter was written by Edwin Smoot on September 1, 1944, 15 days before his final fatal flight.  Sadly, Edwin indicates his wish to be home by Christmas as his required flight time was coming to an end.

The following 4 page letter was written by Edwin Smoot on September 1, 1944, 15 days before his final fatal flight.
Sadly, Edwin indicates his wish to be home by Christmas as his required flight time was coming to an end.

The following 4 page letter was written by Edwin Smoot on September 1, 1944, 15 days before his final fatal flight.  Sadly, Edwin indicates his wish to be home by Christmas as his required flight time was coming to an end.

The following 4 page letter was written by Edwin Smoot on September 1, 1944, 15 days before his final fatal flight.
Sadly, Edwin indicates his wish to be home by Christmas as his required flight time was coming to an end.

The following 4 page letter was written by Edwin Smoot on September 1, 1944, 15 days before his final fatal flight.  Sadly, Edwin indicates his wish to be home by Christmas as his required flight time was coming to an end.

The following 4 page letter was written by Edwin Smoot on September 1, 1944, 15 days before his final fatal flight.
Sadly, Edwin indicates his wish to be home by Christmas as his required flight time was coming to an end.

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Front and back of a another Bank of China 10 Yuan note. This "Burma Roadster" has Edwin Smoot's signature and  belonged to him as well. This was left in his personal belongings after being reported missing on September 16, 1944.

Front and back of a another Bank of China 10 Yuan note. This “Burma Roadster” has Edwin Smoot’s signature and
belonged to him as well. This was left in his personal belongings after being reported missing on September 16, 1944.

Front and back of a another Bank of China 10 Yuan note. This "Burma Roadster" has Edwin Smoot's signature and  belonged to him as well. This was left in his personal belongings after being reported missing on September 16, 1944.

Front and back of a another Bank of China 10 Yuan note. This “Burma Roadster” has Edwin Smoot’s signature and
belonged to him as well. This was left in his personal belongings after being reported missing on September 16, 1944.

Burma Roadster2working copy

Front and back of a Bank of China 10 Yuan note. This "Burma Roadster" has Edwin Smoot's signature as the first under  the words "Burma Roadster" and indicating that he was the one who collected the other signatures. This was left in his  personal belongings after being reported missing on September 16, 1944.

Front and back of a Bank of China 10 Yuan note. This “Burma Roadster” has Edwin Smoot’s signature as the first under
the words “Burma Roadster” and indicating that he was the one who collected the other signatures. This was left in his
personal belongings after being reported missing on September 16, 1944.

Purple Heart

Purple Heart

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Air Medal

Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster

 

 

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