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Marvin Lee Lutes

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"Sgt. Lutes Gets Oak Leaf Cluster"

"An Eighth Air Force Bomber Station [RAF Sudbury, Sudbury, Suffolk], England - Technical Sergeant Marvin L. Lutes, of Edinburg, Indiana, 22 year old engineer of a B-17 flying fortress, has been awarded an oak leaf cluster to the air medal for 'meritorious achievement' while participating in eighth air force bombing attacks on military and industrial targets in Germany and Nazi held territories.

"The award was presented by his base commander, Lieutenant Colonel P. Overing, of Orange. Mass. Sergeant Lutes entered the army air forces in February of 1943 and previously was an airplane mechanic at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio.

"He is now a member of the famous third bombardment division, recently cited by the President [Oct. 1944] for its now historic England-Africa shuttle attack on the Messerschmitt factories at Regensburg, Germany.

"The Edinburg airman is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Lutes [John Ralph & Verna Essa Jones Lutes] of 303 South Walnut Street. He earned his wings in the AAF in May of 1943."

(From 'The Edinburg Daily Courier' (Edinburg, Indiana), 23 Oct. 1944. Clipped from Newspapers.com on 7 Jul. 2021.)

Under pilot, Lt. George 'Hunter' Smith, and co-pilot, Lt. John R. Mason, Tech. Sgt. Lutes and crew flew missions from their base of operations in R.A.F. Sudbury, England, into enemy occupied Europe. Their first mission was on the 7th May, 1944, with the target of Liege, Belgium, in bomber B24H #42-52716. Lutes' last mission was on the 15th August, 1944, in bomber B17G #43-37983, and with the target of Twente-Enschede, Holland, a total of 31 missions on his record.

The rest Lt. George Smith's crew performed five more missions from R.A.F. Sudbury, their last being on the 10th September, 1944, with the target being Giebelstadt, Germany, and 36 missions to their credit. The crew flew in a variety of B-24(H) Liberators up to 18 July, 1944, and then used various B-17(G) Flying Fortresses beginning on 1st August, 1944. Lutes acted as the flight engineer, as well as pulling 'gunner' duties during these flights.

Tech. Sgt. Lutes would end the war with three Oak Leaf Clusters on his Air Medal; the Distinguished Flying Cross; the Presidential Unit Citation; four Battle Stars; and three Theatre Ribbons. Marvin Lee Lutes was honourably discharged from the United States Army Air Force on 21st October 1945.

He had two older brothers that also fought for the United States Army in World War II. Oldest brother, Lyman Curtis Lutes, served in the Army Air Force's 5th Air Force, 19th Bombardment Group, in the Pacific Theatre from 1941 until his honourable discharge in October 1945. Second oldest brother, Wendell Ralph Lutes, served in the European Theatre in the United States Army's 3rd Army, 80th Infantry Division, 176th Field Artillery Battalion, and ended the war in the HQ and HQ Detachment, 93rd Replacement Battalion. His service was from 1943, until his honourable discharge in November 1945.

For a crew picture of G. Smith's crew, please visit the 486th Bombardment Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/Photos/Crew2/SmithH.htm
(Tech. Sgt. Lutes is kneeling in the front row of this picture, second from the left [with the wedge cap] as you look at the photo)

For a brief 'History' and the 'Mission Logs' of the 486th, visit the 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/Mssn/Prologue.htm

For a list of Lt. George 'Hunter' Smith's crew, and a full list of aircraft flown in, and the specific missions that Tech. Sgt. Lutes participated in, and then compare these missions to the details in the above 'Mission Log' list, see the 'Mission Info' also on the 486th web page, but at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

More pictures and information about Lutes' military service can be found on his Fold3.com profile at this web address: https://www.fold3.com/page/623333816/marvin-lutes-1922/facts
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Service

People

  • Clarence Clandellya

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group

  • Melvin Kirkpatrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 486th Bomb Group

  • Morton Love

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group

  • John Mason

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 486th Bomb Group

  • George Sherlock

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 486th Bomb Group

  • George Smith

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group

  • Robert Thomas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group

  • C Weroch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 486th Bomb Group

  • Robert Whitney

    Military | Captain | Flight Commander | 486th Bomb Group

  • William Zeli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 486th Bomb Group

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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. ...

  • 3rd Bomb Division

    3rd Bomb Division

    Division
    The 3rd Bomb Division was Constituted in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 835th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28745 The Bold Sea Rover

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 486BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 733BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Brunswick. Shot down flak went down 2km west of Salzdahlum, four chutes seen, one on fire 8-May-44. 3 x POW, 7 x KIA. MACR 4590.

  • 43-37983 Umbriago

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/6/44; Kearney 25/6/44; Dow Fd 9/7/44; Assigned 835BS/486BG [H8-M] Sudbury 11/7/44; 833BS [2N-N]; `83m` Returned to the USA Bradley 7/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 10/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-52749 'Scrappy'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 492BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-52752

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-29505 Gunga Din

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 833rd bomb squadron, 486th bomb group, 8thAAF, England

  • 42-52688 Paper Doll (?)

    B-24 Liberator
    The crew of "Pandora's Box" was flying this loaner aircraft on July 4th, 1944. The aircraft was badly damaged, and the pilot (LT Pearson) and co-pilot (LT Orlasky) were badly injured by flak over their target (an airfield in France). The navigator and...

  • 42-52753 Hard t'Get

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-52716

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-52573

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-52630

    B-24 Liberator

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Missions

  • 342B

    7 May 1944

  • 8th Air Force

    11 May 1944

  • 359

    20 May 1944

  • 8th Air Force

    23 May 1944

  • 370

    25 May 1944
    First mission. Up at 5:00 AM and back at 11:00. Good hit on marshaling yards. Our plane was hit but no-one in our crew was hit.

  • 373

    27 May 1944

  • 380

    30 May 1944
    Mission #3. Same target as before. A piece of flak broke the pilots windshield. No-one hurt.

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 398

    7 June 1944

  • 405

    11 June 1944
    Flew a sortie flight to the French Coast at 24,000 feet. 8th Combat Flight. No flak.

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Associated Place

  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2021 17:59:44 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to biography
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Information updated, and biography cleaned up and reorganized. See also G. Smith's crew and mission page at the official website of the 486th Bomb. Group web page, 835th Bomb. Squadron section: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2021 17:50:07 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
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This information from the official web page of the 486th Bomb. Group, and specifically, the crew and mission page of Lt. G. Smith of the 835th Bomb. Sq. at: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2021 16:33:54 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to biography, awards, aircraft associations and mission associations
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All updated information comes from the official web page of the 486th Bombardment Group: https://486th.org/

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2021 15:44:12 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to biography
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Updated biographical details as new details were discovered by the Historian/Webmaster of the 486th Bomb. Group/835th Bomb Squadron official web pages. hv

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2021 14:15:01 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to biography
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Sorry, Murphy's Law says that, after making previous changes and corrections, and then printing out the hard copies, that I would discover another mistake. I changed the date of the first bombardment mission from the 11th to the 7th of May, and the target from France to Belgium. I would also like to add web addresses for the 'Official Websites' of the 835th Bombardment Squadron and the 486th Bombardment Group, so the interested reader might view information on these sites as well.

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2021 16:50:13 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to biography
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As stated before, just cleaning up the biography, and most of the information is from the 486th's official web page at: https://486th.org/#

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2021 16:43:19 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to biography
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Last minute correction - Sorry! - it always happens when you have a pile of papers in front of you, and you've got to sort out what's what. Again, the primary source of information on Tech. Sgt. Lutes bomber crew comes from the official web page of the 486th Bombardment Group (Heavy), at this address: https://486th.org/#

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2021 16:10:05 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to biography
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I was adding additional biographical information on my uncle Marvin Lee Lutes' military career, as well as appending appropriate web addresses for 'quick links' to even more information for the interested reader. The page the reader is directed to is the official web page of the 486th Bombardment Group (Heavy) at: https://486th.org/#

See the above biography for the other quick links within the 486th web page. hv

Date Contributor Update
09 July 2021 12:11:57 Emily Changes to suffix and role
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Removed crew name from suffix, and aircraft type from job

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2021 18:03:15 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to biography
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See the 486th Bomb Group Association web page, and in particular, the 'pilot page' for pilot, G. [George] Smith's bomber crew and mission list, at: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

Information about Marvin Lee Lutes awards can be found at: "Sgt. Lutes Gets Oak Leaf Cluster," from 'The Edinburg Daily Courier,' 23 Oct. 1944, clipped from Newspapers.com on 7 Jul. 2021. Also see "Marvin Lutes Receives Discharge," from 'The Edinburg Daily Courier,' 5 Nov. 1945, clipped from Newspapers.com on 10 Jan. 2021.

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2021 17:58:24 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

See the 486th Bomb Group Association web page, and in particular, the 'pilot page' for pilot, G. [George] Smith's bomber crew and mission list, at: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

Information about Marvin Lee Lutes awards can be found at: "Sgt. Lutes Gets Oak Leaf Cluster," from 'The Edinburg Daily Courier,' 23 Oct. 1944, clipped from Newspapers.com on 7 Jul. 2021. Also see "Marvin Lutes Receives Discharge," from 'The Edinburg Daily Courier,' 5 Nov. 1945, clipped from Newspapers.com on 10 Jan. 2021.

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2021 17:46:37 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to biography
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This newspaper article from: 'The Edinburg Daily Courier' (Edinburg, Indiana), 23 Oct. 1944. Clipped from Newspapers.com on 7 Jul. 2021.

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2021 17:33:39 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to service number, role and mission associations
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This information taken from the "Mission Information" of George Smith's Crew sheet, available at the 486th Bomb Group Association page: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2021 21:34:51 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to suffix
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See the official web page of the 835th Bombardment Squadron, and specifically, the 'Assigned Aircrews' list, then look for 'G. Smith's Crew,' at this link: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2021 21:21:21 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to highest rank and role
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Some of the latest details for Marvin L. Lutes has come from the "Loading List for Mission 057, 8th Aug. 1944," from the official webpage of the 486th Bombardment Group, at: https://www.486th.org/Mssn/M051t100/CList/CL057.htm

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2021 17:37:07 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to media associations
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This photo of my uncle comes from my private collection.

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2021 17:01:11 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to person associations
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Marvin Lee Lutes information about his air crew was obtained from the official web page of the '486th Bomb Group Association' (https://486th.org/#), and can be found on the 'Assigned Aircrews' page, and specifically under 'G. Smith's Crew.' All other information was obtained either from his niece, Kitturah Beatrice Lutes Westenhouser, or from newspaper articles from the 'Edinburg Daily Courier,' from the mid-1940's. hv

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2021 19:30:27 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to media associations
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This portrait of Marvin Lee Lutes is from the personal collection of his niece, Mrs. Kitturah Beatrice Lutes Westenhouser.

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2021 19:18:48 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to media associations
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This is a portrait of Marvin Lee Lutes, circ. 1940's, and is from the personal collection of his niece, Mrs. Kitturah Beatrice Lutes Westenhouser.

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2021 19:16:06 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to highest rank, role and unit associations
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This is confirmed through a newspaper article from the "Edinburg Daily Courier" (Edinburg, Indiana), 5 Nov 1945, entitled, "Marvin Lutes Receives Discharge."

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2021 18:21:06 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to middlename and awards
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Some of Marvin L. Lutes military information comes from a newspaper article from, "The Edinburg Daily Courier," (Edinburg, Indiana), 5 Nov 1945, entitled, "Marvin Lutes Receives Discharge." The other 'Awards' mentioned in the article, and which Marvin Lutes received for his service with the 835th Bombardment Squadron, was the 'Presidential Unit Citation', 4 Battle Stars; and 3 Theatre Ribbons.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / WWW.486th.org roster

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