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Wallace R Hailey


Crashed into the English Channel on 6 Jun 44 following a ground explosion when debris hit his, and several other, P-47s. Wallace bailed out and was rescued unhurt by ASR.

He joined the Air Corps to help with World War II and as others, played an integral role in our victory. It is reported that he shot Rommell's car, and blew up an ammunition train among many other targets of opportunity. He became an excellent flight instructor with an outstanding safety record.


Units served with

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 84th Fighter Squadron


  • 43-25578

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47 Thunderbolt (serial number 43-25578) was lost on 6 June 1944, D-Day after being damaged during an armored reconnaissance patrol over France. The aircraft was hit by an exploding petrol train and the pilot, Wallace Hailey, forced to bail out over...

  • 42-75525

    P-47 Thunderbolt



Event Location Date
Born Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Mississippi 9 September 1922
Crashed and returned. 6 June 1942
Died Tolar, Hood County, Texas 11 June 2011
Buried Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas

Greenwood Memorial Park and Mausoleum


Date Contributor Update
24 May 2019 12:09:06 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations and mission associations

Peter Randall - 78th FG D-Day List;

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2019 11:26:55 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and mission associations
"Aces of the 78th Fighter Group" By Thomas McKelvey Cleaver

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:43 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR no # / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list