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Sgt Winston W. Smalling
Radio Operator

Winston Wayne Smalling was born in McQueen, Oklahoma to Walter and Ethel Smalling.

He joined the Army Air Forces in 1943 and eventually assigned to the 39th Bomb Group.

After the war, Smalling finished out his tour of duty and received his discharge in February 1946.

Winston married Ida Florene Bridges on Nov. 8, 1947 and started a family that eventually grew to include three sons and a daughter and six grandchildren. Florene died May 25, 2006.

In the beginning he was self-employed as an independent trucker. Later he went to college and became an electrical engineer at General Dynamics. He soon became superintendent of it's nuclear Research Facility in Fort Worth, Texas and became involved in the work that led to the first moon shot.

In addition to his successful career, Winston was active in his church and its Missionary Support Program. In 1965, his intensive interest in this work compelled him, his wife (a nurse) and his children to pack their bags and go to a hospital in the wilds of Africa where they served as missionaries for 21 yrs.


Winston Wayne Smalling took his final flight 5 Sept 2009 at the age of 83 yrs. Burial is at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery

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Source: Excerpted from a profile of Crew 32 entitled "Piledriver - P-32" written by Paul P and Billy Pratt, sons of co-pilot of P-32; Obit of Winston W. Smalling - Azle News Online & from article "Grand Prairie Man Kept Promise to God and became Missionary" by Box Cox - Star Telegram, Arlington, TX; SSDI