Herbert L Bayless

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Shot down 2 December 1944 in B-24 42-50766. Killed in Action (KIA).

"Part of the formation that attacked the Bingen marshalling yard on 2 December 1944 was the Liberator of pilot Herbert L. Bayless of 44 BG (506 BS). Like the ship of pilot Billingsley it was also attacked by German Me-109’s of IV./JG 3 and set ablaze. The aircraft spun down and hit the ground near Schwarzerden (near Kirn). Five men perished, four survived".

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32335390
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Instrument Specialist, Mechanic, Aerial Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
Personnel of the 44th Bomb Group watch B-24 Liberator (N_, serial number 42-7642) nicknamed "M'Darling" prepare for takeoff at Shipdham, 30 January 1944. Image passed by field press censor 30/1/44. Associated Press Photo. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Hanover/Brunswick raid 31/1/44 - 30/1/44?'
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: MDarling
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 12 August 1944

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

near Schwarzerden, Germany 2 December 1944

Born

Bakersfield, California, USA

Revisions

Date27 Nov 2019 11:46:32
Sources

Information from the 44th Bomb Group Loading Lists at Rootsweb via William Mulholland.

Date6 Feb 2019 15:16:28
Date16 Sep 2015 16:07:48
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from :
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
MACR 10848

Date27 Sep 2014 18:12:53
ContributorAAM
Sources

MACR 10848 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database