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W L Hays


Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (battle star).



  • Delbert Milliron

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31720

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 10/12/43; Kearney 24/12/43; Prestwick 15/1/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-M] Kimbolton 27/1/44; Bombardier: Bill Rau (KIA-pilot was Ernal Bridwell) 29/1/44 his ship landing at RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex, UK; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 8...

  • 42-38192

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/1/44; Gr Island 28/1/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-C] Kimbolton 1/3/44; Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with Bruce Hutchins, Co-pilot: Bob Webber, no nav, Bombardier: Jim Haile, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George White, Radio...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born Success, Arkansas 2 May 1923

Son of Oral Lee and Estell [Odom] Hays.

Enlisted Jefferson Barracks, MO 27 November 1942
Based Kimbolton March 1944 – July 1944

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Wappapello, MO 21 July 2010
Buried Missouri Veterans cemetery, Bloomfield, MO August 2010

Missouri Veterans Cemetery,
Stoddard County, MO
Section B, Row 12, Site 407


Date Contributor Update
12 July 2019 10:10:08 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, biography, awards and events

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12 July 2019 09:50:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations