IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
"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"
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...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
Smart was from Branchport New York, he enlisted in August 1942, at 20 years old.
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...