"Staff Sergeant Jayson C. Smart of the 305th Bomb Group with a cut brow, caused by a splinter during a mission over the Rhur, 12 August 1943.
Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 26 Aug 1943.' [stamp] and '280695.' [censor no]
Printed caption attached to the reverse: Warrior's Return Keystone photo shows: On a recent raid over the Ruhr Valley, S/Sgt. Jayson C. Smart, waist gunner on the Fortress "Big Bust", was wounded by enemy fire. This picture was taken immediately after S/sgt. Smart had been removed from the plane. He is a native of Branch [?], New York. Although still bleeding, grim determination is reflected in Sgt. Smart's face. U.S.POOL/F KEYSTONE"
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
||7 September 1921
Son of Clarence and Pearl Irene [Davis] Smart.
||1 August 1942
Rochester, New York
||1943 – 1944
Assigned to 366BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.
||Fort Dix, NJ
||5 September 1945
||9 July 1997
Jerusalem, Yates County, NY
||12 July 1997
Yates County, NY