Army & Navy - HEROES: Sergeant Snuffy

You would never think, to look at him, that solemn-faced Staff Sergeant Maynard H. Smith is a dashing soldier, an intrepid airman. He is a calm, unimpressive man who stands five feet four. In civilian life he worked variously as an income-tax field agent and an assistant receiver for the Michigan State Banking Commission.

In the Air Forces his diminutive stature made him a natural for gunner in the cramped ball turret suspended from the belly of a 6-17 Flying Fortress. His nickname was "Snuffy."

On May 1, during a raid on the Nazi...

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