Smart, Samuel Hayes

Individual Personnel Data
Name Smart, Samuel Hayes, "Sammy"   
Rank Sergeant / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 16162410   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 17 November 1943
Duty Ball Turret Gunner
MOS612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner
Last Duty Date 12 May 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #14 Dated 21 January 1944.
  • Placed on seven days Temporary Duty on or about 6 March 1944 to American Red Cross Club, Southport (a Flak House) per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #51 dated 17 March 1944. This Temporary Duty is dated 18 March 1944 vice 6 March 1944 in the unit Morning Report.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Laboda, Joseph StanleyPilotCT
2nd Lt. Bush, Sidney LewisCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Crist, Vern WarrenNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Fornear, Thomas SouthernBombardierMIA
S/SGT. Flynn, James ERadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Hardtmann, Arnold JohnEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Smart, Samuel Hayes, "Sammy"Ball Turret GunnerCT
S/SGT. Nutt, Oliver WayneTail GunnerCT
SGT. Kalinsky, Morris (NMI)Flexible GunnerCT
SGT. Kerr, Robert EugeneFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 28 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
41 11 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37792 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back due to a runaway prop that wouldn't feather.
Sortie Report
46 24 December 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Croisette, France
Ball Turret 42‑39784 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37727.
Sortie Report
49 4 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑5404 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
50 5 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑29828 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
51 7 January 1944 Target: Powerhouse
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑29828 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Ball Turret 42‑31045 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
57 3 February 1944 Target: Submarines (under construction)
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3259 Aborted mission after taking off.
Lead Group. Turned back at 1008 hrs
Sortie Report
58 4 February 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
High group, 41st B Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
59 5 February 1944 Target: Bricy Aerodrome, Luftwaffe Training and Bomber Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Orleans, France
Ball Turret 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
60 6 February 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Ball Turret 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
61 8 February 1944 Target: Piston Ring Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron. Landed away at RAF Manston, Kent, on return due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
63 20 February 1944 Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Leipzig & Bernburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron, lead group.
Sortie Report
67 25 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Ball Bearings Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Augsburg & Stuttgart, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3259 Combat Mission Credit
41C Group, High Squadron, Low Group.
Sortie Report
68 28 February 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Ball Turret 42‑37974 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
71 4 March 1944 Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
72 6 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑31166 Aborted mission after taking off.
Returned to base after group leader abandoned attempt to join assigned combat wing.
Sortie Report
73 8 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑3440 Combat Mission Credit
This aircraft dropped 'nickles' (propaganda leaflets) in addition to demolition bombs.
Sortie Report
74 9 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑31048 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
75 16 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑37974 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 1017 hrs because he was pulling excessive power settings, losing airspeed, stalled out at 115 MPH, and was unable to maintain position in formation.
Sortie Report
84 28 March 1944 Target: Dijon-Longvic Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dijon, France
Ball Turret 42‑37816 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
88 11 April 1944 Target: FW Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Sorau, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97477 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy.
Sortie Report
93 22 April 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead, low group.
Sortie Report
94 24 April 1944 Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Assumed lead after target when lead aircraft was shot down.
Sortie Report
95 25 April 1944 Target: Metz-Frescaty Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Metz, France
Ball Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
97 27 April 1944 Target: Toul/Croix de Metz Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Ball Turret 42‑97573 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy.
Sortie Report
98 29 April 1944 Target: Industrial District
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
100 4 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
101 7 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
102 8 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑107125 Aborted mission after taking off.
Group deputy. Turned back at 0849 hrs because #3 prop governor was throwing oil and pressure dropped to 65 lbs.
Sortie Report
104 9 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Thionville, France
Ball Turret 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
105 11 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken and Ehrang, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
Sortie Report
106 12 May 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Ball Turret 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report

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