Staff Sgt. Leonard P. "Smitty" Schmitt, ASN 14082816

Nose Gunner - Slingluff/Parmeter Crews

10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 436th Bombardment Squadron

Distinguished Flying Cross w/OLC   Air Medal w/OLC   Good Conduct Medal

Enlisted: 5-Aug-42

(All Images Courtesy of Marcia Schmitt Wehrell)

SSgt. Leonard P. Schmitt

"The Battlin' Bitch and Her Sons" -

Back, L-R: SSgt. Eric Edmonston (E), 2Lt. Richard D. Newell (CP)
2Lt. Thomas H. Thornburn (P), 1Lt. Joseph M. McCabe (N)

Front, L-R: Schmitt (NG), Mauro Oshorn (RO), SSgt. Lester W. Whitehouse (TG)

Sgt. Schmitt standing a left

Sgt. Schmitt on camel at left

From the memoirs of SSgt. Leonard Schmitt (Chapters omitted for brevity):

"As I look back, I know that World War 2 had the greatest influence on my life, far more than any other single item. In Lincoln (NE) we were preparing for the journey to who knows where. Never once were we told where we would be going..." Read More

SSgt. Schmitt's Find-A-Grave Memorial

436th BS Personnel

7th BG Personnel