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Richard "Dick" Franklin Bailey


Dick Bailey was a tail gunner in a B-24 replacement group of the 453rd Bomb Group, 735th Squadron. He was part of Robert Thach's crew who completed 35 missions over Germany from Sept. 8, 1944-Feb. 24, 1945. He had worked as a tool machines at John Deere Plow Works after he had graduated from Moline High School, in Moline, IL. He had received a deferment from serving because his work as a tool and die maker were deemed critical to the war effort. He turned down the deferment and enlisted in the Army Air Force.


Units served with

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 735th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-40173 Our Baby

    B-24 Liberator
    Few 20 missions with the 492nd BG Flew 80+ missions with the 453rd BG Operation Home Run #35 (466th BG) May have been named "Ernie's Beavers" with the 492nd BG, however no photographic proof of this has yet been found.

  • 42-95166 Century Queen

    B-24 Liberator
    Reported to be also known as Galloping Ghost with Radio Call Sign O- Credited with 106 missions.

  • 42-95214 Wandering Wanda/Pin Up Pip

    B-24 Liberator
    Credited with having 117 mission completed (113 w/ 735th BS and 4 in 732nd BS) Transferred from 735th BS to 32nd BS on April 1, 1945.

  • 44-10575 Becoming Back

    B-24 Liberator
    Transferred from 735th BS to 733rd BS on April 1, 1945.

  • 44-40292 Hattie Belle

    B-24 Liberator
    Credited with between 112&116 mission completed.

Associated Place

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...


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Date Contributor Update
13 September 2018 20:59:57 gtbailey Changes to aircraft associations

My research on my grandfather based on his photos, and flight log.

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2018 14:18:39 gtbailey Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations and place associations

Info from conversations held with him, his military record, and his flight log.