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Harry Massie Smith

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Pilot, Smith H. crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3220 'Damfino'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 384. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag VIIA.
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  • Harold Blake

    Military | Master Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Smith H crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3220 'Damfino'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 384. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID (Per NARA)....

  • Robert Colborn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Smith H crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3220 'Damfino'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 384. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID. ...

  • John Elsberry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Smith H crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3220 'Damfino'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 384. S/Sgt Elsberry evaded capture for 13 days. Prisoner of War at...

  • Lloyd Gwinn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Smith H crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3220 'Damfino'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 384. Reported by Lt Noonan (Navigator) that Lt Gwinn was...

  • Samuel Hawkins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Smith H. crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3220 'Damfino'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 384. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag VIIA. ...

  • John Jupin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Smith H crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3220 'Damfino'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 384. Prisoner of War at Stalag XVIIB. New Jersey

  • Judd Lischke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Smith H crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3220 'Damfino'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 384. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Noonan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Smith H crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3220 'Damfino'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 384. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIIB. ...

  • Tony Sylvester

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Smith H crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3220 'Damfino'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 384. Prisoner of War at Stalag 2B. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3220 Damfino

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-M] Ridgewell 28/5/43 with Harry Smith, Sam Hawkins, John Noonan, Lloyd Gwinn, Harry Blake, Judd Lischke, Tony Sylvester, John Jupin, John Elsberry, Julius Cosby; Missing in Action 9+m...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

  • VIII Bomber Command 66

    23 June 1943
    A combined force of 172 B-17s is despatched from 91BG (13); 92BG (14); 303BG (22); 305BG (21); 306BG (22); 351BG (20); 379BG (20); 381BG (22); and 384BG (18). Also 8 YB-40 gunships from 92BG are interspersed in the formation. The intention was for 140...

  • VIII Bomber Command 68

    26 June 1943
    The targets for today are all Luftwaffe installations: the Villacoublay air depot SW of Paris, France is the primary; the airfield at Poissy, France is attacked as the secondary because of cloud cover; the airfield at Tricqueville, France; and the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 79

    29 July 1943
    The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

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Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

  • Stalag Luft III

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  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Based 17 August 1943
Prisoner of War 17 August 1943

Stalag Luft III
Stalag XVIIA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 August 2018 02:34:11 ARowe95 Changes to awards and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 02:35:35 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events, unit associations and place associations
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10 November 2017 17:04:17 ARowe95 Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 384 / MACR 384, www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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