Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Othello Dale Smith

Military

Service

People

  • Peter Brennan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Togglier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Chester Hewitt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Carl Kindelt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wiesbaden in B-17 'Easy Does It' #4338623

  • John Martin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Nuremburg on 25 Feb 45 in B-17 #4338558

  • George Sevy

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    WIA

  • John Stevens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 December 1944 AM/ PH

  • Douglas Woods

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97210 Jamaica Ginger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Grenier 9/3/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 22/3/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-38965

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 23/10/44; Dow Fd 31/10/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-Q] Thorpe Abbotts 2/11/44; transferred 560BS/388BG Knettishall 3/11/44; ct fire en route Nurnberg 21/2/45 with ?; crash landed Belgium; 9RTD; Salvaged 5/3/45. OH KAY.

  • 44-6582

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 13/8/44; Grenier 26/7/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 28/9/44; Missing in Action Mannheim 21/1/45 with Winfred Lenocker, Dick Jackson, Don Blair, Stan Roof, Lou Rotella, Bob Roth, Clayton McClelland, Jack Putnam, Heine Reiser (9...

  • 44-6803

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 16/11/44; Dow Fd 28/11/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 4/12/44; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 18/12/45.

  • 44-8234

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 17/7/44; Hunter 18/8/44; Dow Fd 18/9/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 20/9/44; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 29/12/45.

  • 44-8251

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 26/7/44; Hunter 25/8/44; Grenier 16/9/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 19/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 20/6/45; Sth Plains 3/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 25/11/45.

  • 44-8540 Round Trip

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/10/44; Hunter 1/11/44; with Paul Quinn force landed Dow Fd 18/11/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-W] Snetterton 22/1/45; transferred 562BS/388BG Knettishall /45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 44-8742

    18 Expeditor
    Delivered Hunter 13/12/44; Grenier 29/12/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 5/1/45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 7/1/46.

  • 44-8850 Humms Bumms

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/1/45; Hunter 7/2/45; Dow Fd 19/2/45; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 21/2/45;RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 20/12/45.

  • 42-97328 Heaven's Above

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/2/44; Gr Island 5/3/44; Grenier 22/3/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 23/3/44; on mission to ? 31/7/44 with E.F. Fowler (9 Returned to Duty); Bombardier: Jim Wilkie (Killed in Action); taxi accident with Herbert Shule 3/5/45;...

Missions

  • 715

    16 November 1944

  • 729

    29 November 1944

  • 745

    10 December 1944

  • 746

    11 December 1944

  • 748

    12 December 1944

  • 750

    15 December 1944

  • 8th Air Force 760

    24 December 1944
    1. Decision. ...

  • 766

    28 December 1944

  • 770

    30 December 1944

  • 772

    31 December 1944

Show more

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kansas City, MO 21 July 1924
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall Airfield, UK 16 November 1944 – 16 April 1945
MD & Professor Lawrence, KS 1952

University of Kansas Medical School
Pathology Dept

Lived in Shawnee Mission, KS 1993
Died 10 May 1994
Buried Kansas City, MO 14 May 1994

Floral Hills Cemetery
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2020 16:05:02 466thHistorian Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60901&h=2618466...
http://www.388bg.com/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-SMI01-1...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/186932707/othello-dale-smith
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=1265&h=28863216...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

Share