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TSGT Beauford R. Smith receiving the DFC from Colonel Frederick Dent



  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron


  • Frederick Dent

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Major General

  • Beauford Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
    Beauford Smith was from the coal mining camp town of Insull, KY. He was good friends with and attended Black Star High School with Harold A. Brassfield. Brassfield was KIA on 6 March 1944 flying with the 388th BG. Smith and Brassfield were able to...


  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


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17 January 2016 23:58:22 466thHistorian Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Chris Brassfield
photo from Beauford R. Smith