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William Jackson Hays

Military

Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6820/8339

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • John Crouchley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 485th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, held A/C stable to enable his crew to bale out, unable to escape himself. Killed in Action(KIA) MACR...

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Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 485th Bomb Group

    485th Bomb Group

    Group
    The wing was originally constituted as the 485th Bombardment Group (Heavy) and activated on 20 September 1943.[6] Its original squadrons were the newly activated 828th, 829th, and 830th Bombardment Squadrons, which were joined a few days later by the...

  • 828th Bomb Squadron

    828th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Activated as a B-24 Liberator squadron in late 1943. assigned to II Bomber Command for training in B-24 Liberators. Primarily trained in Nebraska and received deployment orders for the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in March 1944. ...

Aircraft

  • 42-52701 Miss Yankee Rebel

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania 28-Jun-44; Attacked by E/A, starting fires in the #2 and #3 engines. 2Lt Crouchley then dove the A/C to put out the fires successfully. Crew continued to fight of attacks...

Associated Place

  • Venosa

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hayston, GA 23 November 1923

Son of Ernest McElroy and Eunice Olivia Hays.

Enlisted Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA 20 July 1943

Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia

Based Venosa 1944 – 28 June 1944

Assigned to 828BS, 485BG, 15AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Plovdiv, Bulgaria 28 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 42-52701 28-Jun-44; Shot down by E/A, baled out POW MACR 6820/8339

Prisoner of War (POW) Shumen, Bulgaria 28 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Shumen, Bulgaria.

Married High Shoals, GA 23 November 1944

Married Carolyn Lavinia Ross.

Died Covington GA 9 August 2002
Buried Hays Family Cemetery Newton County, GA 11 August 2002

Hays Family Cemetery
Newton County, GA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2019 15:04:29 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29101743
https://www.fold3.com/record/88385137-william-j-hays
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/37802933/william-jackson-hays

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2019 09:31:16 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29101743
https://www.fold3.com/record/88385137-william-j-hays
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/37802933/william-jackson-hays

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2019 20:07:06 Al_Skiff Changes to events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29101743
https://www.fold3.com/record/88385137-william-j-hays
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/37802933/william-jackson-hays

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2019 20:03:39 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29101743
https://www.fold3.com/record/88385137-william-j-hays
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/37802933/william-jackson-hays

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2019 17:29:20 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29101743
https://www.fold3.com/record/88385137-william-j-hays
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/37802933/william-jackson-hays

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