42-29784 Smilin Thru

A B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Smilin' Thru" of the 305th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'AS 305BG. - TA Harkin. via C Norman.'

Object Number - FRE 4308 - A B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Smilin' Thru" of the 305th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'AS 305BG. - TA Harkin. via C Norman.'

42-29784 Delivered to the Cheyenne, Wyoming Modification center on 18 February 1943. Moved to Salina, Kansas on 2 March 1943. Ferried overseas and assigned to the 366th Bombardment Squadron, squadron code KY-K, 305th Bombardment Group, station 105, Chelveston on 18 May 1943. Transferred to the 534th Bombardment Squadron, squadron code GD-E/F, 381st Bombardment Group, station 167, Ridgewell on 11 September 1943. Transferred to the 545th Bombardment Squadron, squadron code JD-V, 384th Bombardment Group, station 106, Grafton Underwood on 4 October 1943.

On return from the second Schweinfurt mission with battle damage, 14 October 1943, with Pilot-Erwin C. Johnson, Co-pilot-Elliott Leroy Gadd, Navigator-William E. Bailey, Bombardier-George J. Littleton, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner-Leo A. Hunt, Radio Operator-Sam D. Ranallo, Ball Turret Gunner-Clement A. Couture, Tail Gunner Lawrence L. Parsons, Waist Gunner-Earl S. Baker and Waist Gunner-Gustave Fless. The entire crew bailed out and returned to duty. The aircraft crashed near Baydon, Wiltshire, UK. The aircraft was salvaged on 18 October 1943. Aircraft Name: SMILIN-THRU

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Units served with

The insignia of the 381st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Air base
The insignia of the 384th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 546th Bomb Squadron
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 546th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13065833
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Togglier, Flexible Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 546th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 546th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 546th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-747390
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot

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Revisions

Date20 May 2022 18:12:28
ContributorAl_Skiff
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

Date30 Apr 2018 01:48:18
Contributorjmoore43
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Added nickname from the description data.

Date19 Sep 2017 14:33:35
ContributorAl_Skiff
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Roger Freeman Photo.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:23
ContributorAAM
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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