We – Stacy Lyn’s Traveling Socks – decided to leave Paris early on a bright, sunny day and take her on a tour of a little-known town in Normandy called Incarville.
But FLt. Smith’s plane was hit by German anti-aircraft fire just over the towns of Le Manoir and Incarville.
While the airplane circled aflame over Incarville, the crew members ejected from the dying craft.
The pilot was able to direct the plane to a field outside of town next to the Baudry home before crashing.
His plane exploded on impact, killing FLt. Smith.
Pierre Portier, an Incarvillager who was a teenager at the time of the crash, witnessed the horrific event.
He says that the FLt. Smith circled the town twice, giving his crew time to eject.
It appeared that the pilot wanted to avoid landing on the houses,
so instead of ejecting himself,
he stayed with the plane and landed it outside of town, causing his own death.
In this place
Was found the field of Incarville
Destroyed by the fall of a
Flying American Fortress B17
Shot down by the Germans
13 August 1944
In memory of pilot FLt. Thomas Smith
Who was killed at the controls
U.S. Air Force B17 Fifinella
91st Bomb Group H 322nd Squadron
This is why we went to Incarville.