Today in World War II History—May 1, 1943
80 Years Ago—May 1, 1943: On his first mission with the US 306th Bomb Group, gunner Staff Sgt. Maynard “Snuffy” Smith puts out a fire in his B-17, aids wounded gunners, and mans his gun—his actions earn him the Medal of Honor.
US Second War Loan Drive ends, raising $18.5 billion (quota was $13 billion). Read more: “World War II War Bonds.”