Carl E Bailey

media-17521.jpeg UPL 17521 Crew #519
John C. MacDonald Crew

Back Row Left to Right: John C. MacDonald (P), James D. Mullins (N), Carl E. Bailey (B), Gordon Sinclair (CP)

Middle Row Left to Right: Chauncey Cheek (LWG), Otto M. Kaushup (R/O). Earnest Akens (TG), P.W. Davis (NG)

Front Row Left to Right: William R. Kent (FE), Burnis Copley (RWG)

This crew was shot down on 11 May 1944. All aboard that day were KIA. Of those in the photo, Sinclair, Cheek and Davis were NOT aboard. They were replaced that day by James H. Johnson (CP), James A. Paulos (BTG) and John F. Gordon (LWG). Also aboard and KIA was William R. Dwyer (PN)

466th Bomb Group collection

466th BG Historian

Object Number - UPL 17521 - Crew #519 John C. MacDonald Crew Back Row Left to Right: John C. MacDonald (P), James D. Mullins (N), Carl E. Bailey (B), Gordon Sinclair...

Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-24 #41-28664 'Merchant Of Venice'. Killed in Action (KIA).



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Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 785th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-526631
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Merchant of Venice
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 785th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron


Aerial photograph of Attlebridge airfield, looking north, the fuel store and a T2 hangar are in the upper centre, 31 January 1946. Photograph taken by No. 90 Squadron, sortie number RAF/3G/TUD/UK/51. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Attlebridge Arsenal, Station 120


Event Location Date Description


Kelly Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX 78226, USA 18 November 1942 then Kelly Army Air Field


Eastern France 11 May 1944 a/c was damaged by flak and headed for Switzerland. They never made it. Lost somewhere between Epinal, France and Switzerland


Oklahoma, USA
Seattle, WA, USA 1429 E. Aloha Street


Tablet of The Missing


Date31 Mar 2020 20:14:51
ChangesChanges to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date22 Jun 2016 00:27:42
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"Second Air Division" - Turner Publishing

Date16 Sep 2015 10:18:56
ChangesChanges to unit associations and aircraft associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from :
MACR 4802 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database;
466th BG Historian

Date11 Sep 2015 03:33:30
ChangesChanges to events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

466th BG Historian

Date27 Sep 2014 18:05:05
ChangesAAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4802

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