B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 306th Bomb Group fly in formation over another B-17 (WW-J, serial number 42-5086) during a medal ceremony for Staff Sergeant Maynard Smith. Passed for publication 16 Jul 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Highest American Award For U.S. Air Gunner. 15.7.43. Col. Henry L. Stimson, U.S. Secretary of War to-day presented the Congressional Medal of Honour - America's highest award - equivalent to Britain's V.C. to Staff Sergeant Maynard Smith, for his bravery during a raid on St. Nazaire in France. Smith is the second man in the European Theatre of Operations to receive this award in World War II and the first to live to receive it. The presentation took place at a station "somewhere in England". The picture shows:- A formation of Flying Fortresses fly past in salute as Col. Henry Stimson presents the award which took place in front of a Flying Fortress.' On reverse: Central Press Photos Ltd, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].
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- Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
- Nationality: American
- Unit: 306th Bomb Group 423rd Bomb Squadron
- Service Numbers: 36523097
- Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
- Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
- Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
- Nicknames: Wahoo II
- Unit: 306th Bomb Group 369th Bomb Squadron 384th Bomb Group 546th Bomb Squadron