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George D Smith

Military

Pilot Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith, and his co-pilot Lt. John R. Mason, along with the rest of their 835th Bomb. Squadron crew, flew missions from their base of operations in R.A.F. Sudbury, Sudbury, Suffolk, 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. Their last mission was on the 10th September, 1944, in the B17G nicknamed 'Umbriago' (#43-37983), with the target as Giebelstadt, Germany; they had 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. Pilot Lt. Smith never lost a crew member, or an aircraft in the 36 bombing missions they made into enemy occupied territory.

To see the Lt. George 'Hunter' Smith's Crew/Mission page visit this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

Service

People

  • Clarence Clandellyn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Melvin Kirkpatrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

  • Morton Love

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

  • Marvin Lutes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer and Top T. & Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    "Sgt. Lutes Gets Oak Leaf Cluster" ...

  • Jason Mason

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

  • George Sherlock

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

  • Robert Thomas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

  • C Weroch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

  • William Zeli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 43-38029 Honeychile

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    During a strike of Germany industry at Köln (Cologne), Honeychile suffered engine problems. These failures forced LT Olson (Pilot) to leave formation and make for England. The crew had to eventually bail out, and the autopilot landed the aircraft near...

  • 43-38137

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/44; Kearney 8/7/44; Grenier 16/7/44; Assigned 835BS/486BG [H8-N] Sudbury 17/7/44; 5m crashed on take off for Cologne 15/10/44 with Clarry Herman, Co-pilot: Bob Etter, Navigator: Bill Annan, Bombardier: Vernon Mierhenry, Flight...

  • 42-52749 'Scrappy'

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

  • 42-52752

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-29505 Gunga Din

    B-24 Liberator
    41-29505 Assigned to 486th bomb group 835th bomb squadron (21 combat missions) then transferred to 492nd bomb group 857th bomb squadron, 8thAAF, England. A/C lost with Charles Edwards crew, 6-Feb-45 Lyon, France, attempting an emergency landing on...

  • 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

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Missions

  • 342B

    7 May 1944

  • 351

    11 May 1944

  • 359

    20 May 1944

  • 364

    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.

  • 395

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

  • 397

    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 November 2021 17:44:50 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to person associations
Sources

See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2021 16:40:51 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to biography
Sources

For a list of Lt. George 'Hunter' Smith's crew, and a full list of aircraft flown in, and the specific 1944 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

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2021 16:34:25 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to media associations
Sources

For a list of Lt. George 'Hunter' Smith's crew, and a full list of aircraft flown in, and the specific 1944 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

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2021 20:01:38 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to media associations
Sources

The person originally attributed to be Pilot Lt. George 'Hunter' Smith, is in fact Pilot Lt. Willis P. Smith. The crew photo was taken on the 30th March, 1945, long after Lt. George Smith's crew finished their tours-of-duty. See the official crew list of Pilot Lt. Willis P. Smith at the 486th Bomb. Group web page at: http://www.486th.org/Photos/Crew2/SmithWP.htm

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2021 20:17:07 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to biography
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Just adding a bit of bio. to Lt. Smith's profile page. hv

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2021 18:03:47 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to mission associations
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From the "Consolidated Loading List" for Tech. Sgt. Marvin Lee Lutes, a copy of which was given to me by the Historian/Webmaster of the official website of the 486th Bombardment Squadron. hv

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2021 18:33:18 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to place associations and mission associations
Sources

See the official web page of the 486th Bomb. Group at: https://486th.org/# , and specifically G.Smith's bomber crew and mission log page: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm , and the complete missions of the 486th Bomb. Group and its four squadrons at: https://486th.org/Mssn/Prologue.htm

Date Contributor Update
09 July 2021 12:13:27 Emily Changes to middlename, nickname and role
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Removed aircraft type from job

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2021 16:57:03 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to media associations
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From the Photo Gallery of the Official Web Page of the 486th Bombardment Group: https://486th.org/Photos/index.htm

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2021 18:22:38 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to highest rank and media associations
Sources

Official web page of the 835th Bombardment Squadron: https://486th.org/Photos/Crew2/SmithH.htm

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2021 18:03:10 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to nickname
Sources

Information on George Smith comes from the official web page of the 835th Bombardment Squadron; specifically under the 'Assigned Air Crews' page, 'G. Smith's Crew' list: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm
See also air crew photo on this web page in the gallery at: https://486th.org/Photos/Crew2/SmithH.htm

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2021 21:42:08 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to middlename
Sources

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
31 March 2021 17:10:54 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to person associations and unit associations
Sources

George D. Smith's information can be found at the official web site of the '486th Bomb Group Association' (https://486th.org/#), and on the 'Assigned Aircrews' page, specifically under his own section, 'G. Smith's Crew.'

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2021 17:05:49 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to highest rank and role
Sources

George D. Smith's details can be found on the official web page of the '486th Bomb Group Association' (https://486th.org/#), and under the 'Assigned Aircrews' page, specifically under his own heading, 'G. Smith's Crew.'

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:50 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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