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Jayson Clarence Smart


Smart was from Branchport New York, he enlisted in August 1942, at 20 years old.

On 12 August 1943 Smart was injured. He had flown as waist gunner on the B-17 'Big Bust' on a mission to the Ruhr Valley in Germany. This was the first daylight operation to the Ruhr, which had acquired the grimly humorous moniker 'Happy Valley' due to the scale of German defences which protected its heavy industry.


Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 366th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3048 Winnsome Winn

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-3078 "Winsome Winn" was delivered delivered at Cheyenne 30-Jan-43; Assigned to 334BS/95BG Dow Field 24-Apr-43 then to England at Alconbury; transferred to 100BG at Thorpe Abbotts 9-Jun-43, transferred 534BS/381BG [GD-M] 15-Jun-43 at Ridgewell...


  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...


Event Location Date
Born Chemung, NY 7 September 1921

Son of Clarence and Pearl Irene [Davis] Smart.

Enlisted Rochester, NY 1 August 1942

Rochester, New York

Based Chelveston 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 366BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF Fort Dix, NJ 5 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Branchport, NY 9 July 1997
Buried Bitley Cemetery Jerusalem, Yates County, NY 12 July 1997

Bitley Cemetery
Yates County, NY


Date Contributor Update
19 December 2019 08:02:30 Emily Changes to biography and unit associations

IWM, Somewhere in England, American Airmen in the Second World War, p56.

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2019 19:45:22 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:06 AAM AAM ingest

305th Bomb Group Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia