High School Wall of Honor
Winford "Win" Richard Smalley
Class of June, 1935
Died FOD; August 12, 1943
Research done by Rick Nehrling, class of 1963.
was a member of North High's class of June, 1935. He enlisted
in the U.S. Army on June 10, 1942 at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. At
the time of his enlistment, he had completed one year of college,
and he was single with no dependents. His service number was 37418175.
He was assigned to the 545th Bomber Squadron (Heavy) as a Staff
Sergeant. He flew on a B-17F #42-3231 named "The Inferno"
that was commanded by Lieutenant Carrington. On August 12, 1943
during a mission attacking Gelsenkirchen, Germany, the plane and
crew were lost. Win and the crew were originally reported as Missing
in Action. Later his death was officially reported as FOD, Finding
of Death. His awards are the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
obtained from the American Battle Monuments Commission shows that
Win is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Netherlands
American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands. The
World War II Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial is the
only American military cemetery in the Netherlands. The cemetery
site has a rich historical background, lying near the famous Cologne-Boulogne
highway built by the Romans and used by Caesar during his campaign
in that area. The highway was also used by Charlemagne, Charles
V, Napoleon, and Kaiser Wilhelm II. In May 1940, Hitler's legions
advanced over the route of the old Roman highway, overwhelming
the Low Countries. In September 1944, German troops once more
used the highway for their withdrawal from the countries occupied
for four years.
|The above information
was obtained from the following:
(1) The World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army
Air Forces Personnel was created by the War Department, the Adjutant
General's Office, Administrative Services Division, Strength Accounting
Branch. The original records are held at the Modern Military records
LICON, Textural Services Division (NWCTM), National Archives at
College Park, Maryland.
The documents contain the latest and most complete information
available of all Army and Army Air Force personnel who were killed
or died, or became and remained missing, between the President's
declaration of unlimited national emergency on May 27, 1941 and
the cut-off date of this report, January 31, 1946. This document
includes both battle and nonbattle dead and missing. The records
are available online at http://www.archives.gov/.
The type of casualty is indicated by the following:
* KIA - Killed in Action. This is an individual who was killed
in action at the front, by enemy action in the rear, or if a
prisoner of war.
* DOW - Died of Wounds. This is an individual was who wounded
and later died.
* DOI - This is an individual who suffered fatal battle injuries
and died in a line of duty status.
*DNB - Died Nonbattle. This is an individual who died in a line
of duty death, such as from sickness, homicide, suicide, or
accidents outside of combat areas (training).
*M - Missing. This is an individual who is reported as missing
and later was determined to be dead.
*FOD - Finding of Death. Findings of death fall within Public
Law 490 and its amendments and are made when there is either
conclusive proof that the person is dead or equally overwhelming
evidence that under the circumstances the person could not have
This documents contains the names of those individuals who died
in the line of duty status. Those individuals who were not in
the line of duty at the time of their death are not listed in
(2) The World War II Army Enlistment Records contain information
on more than nine million indivdual enlistments. These records
can be found online at http://www.archives.gov/.
(3) The American Battle Monuments Commission was established in
1923 to commemorate the service, achievements, and sacrifice of
U.S. Armed Forces. There are 24 overseas cemeteries that serve
as the final resting places for almost 125,000 American war dead.
The serviceman and women are either buried at these cemeteries
or their names listed are on tablets of the missing that memorialize
these men and women and their sacrifice. These records can be
found online at http://www.abmc.gov/home.php.
(4) Information obtained from the American Battle Monuments Commission
shows that Win is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at the
Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.
(5) The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2018
graduation classes are from Claradell Shedd's North Des Moines
High School website. The names of all North High School graduates
can be found online at http://www.ndmhs.com/.
Winford Richard Smalley's 1935 class page can be viewed at http://www.ndmhs.com/pages/yearclass1935(1995.60).html.
(6) A picture of Win Smalley with the Carrington crew (shown above)
can be viewed enlarged at http://www.384thbombgroup.com/gallery/545thBS/42_3231
Or you can click on the photo shown above, and it will take you
to an enlarged version. Winford Richard Smalley is in the front
row, the second from the far right.
August 12, 1943
"Over There" by Enrico Caruso
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