Lost Limbs Foundation

Thursday, May 2, 2013


This day in aviation history (May 1, 1943): a nav error exposed Maynard "Snuffy" Smith's B-17, and it was hit by waves of enemy fighters and heavy anti-aircraft artillery. Fuel tank fires burned so hot they melted the fuselage and ammunition stores exploded. Snuffy, the ball turret gunner, fought fires, applied first aid to his wounded crew members, and continued shooting at enemy aircraft. The Flying Fortress was hit with over 3,500 bullets and shrapnel but hobbled back to England. (When our B-17 arrived we asked you why it was one of the best bombers ever built. A number of replies were "durability," and we think Snuffy Smith would agree. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for this mission.)
This day in aviation history (May 1, 1943): a nav error exposed Maynard "Snuffy" Smith's B-17, and it was hit by waves of enemy fighters and heavy anti-aircraft artillery. Fuel tank fires burned so hot they melted the fuselage and ammunition stores exploded. Snuffy, the ball turret gunner, fought fires, applied first aid to his wounded crew members, and continued shooting at enemy aircraft. The Flying Fortress was hit with over 3,500 bullets and shrapnel but hobbled back to England. (When our B-17 arrived we asked you why it was one of the best bombers ever built. A number of replies were "durability," and we think Snuffy Smith would agree. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for this mission.)