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Staff Sergeant Maynard Smith of the 306th Bomb Group, salutes after being awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, in front of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Passed for publication 15 Jul 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'U.S. Secretary Of War Presents America's Highest Award To S/Sergeant At American Airfield In Britain. Mr Henry L. Stimson, the United States Secretary of War, who is on a visit to Britain, visited an American Bomber station in Britain to present the Congressional Medal of Honour, America's highest award for valour - to Staff/Sergeant Maynard Harrison Smith, gunner of a Flying Fortress, who comes from Caro, Michigan, U.S. S/Sgt. Smith singlehanded fought a fire which threatened to destroy the Fortress, and also attended to a wounded crew mate, and manned two gun stations. Photo Shows:- S/Sergeant Maynard Harrison Smith wearing the Congressional Medal of Honour after being decorated by Mr Stimson, at the ceremony on an American Bomber station in Britain. AND 15th July, 1943. PN-s. Censor No: 274692.' On reverse: Planet News Ltd, 'File' and 'Return to P.I.D.' [Stamps].



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