Rex James Neely

Military

Object Number - UPL 51414 - Bill Thomas crew, 334BS, 95BG. Rear L-R: William Prochaska (B), William K Thomas (P), James B Stapleton (CP), Collis Haynes (N). Front L-R:...

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 7-Apr-43, B-17 42-3090 'Taint-a-bird' force landed near Clonakilty, County Cork Ireland. Crew was safe.

B-17 42-3267 ditched in Bay of Biscay out of fuel 28-Jun-43. All on board returned. RTD

28-Jul-43, B-17 42-30219 hit by fighters. One of 3 crew members to bail out, Prisoner of War (POW). A/C crash landed at Framlingham with no crew injuries.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-?
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Taint A Bird
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group Base Air Depot 2 334th Bomb Squadron 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Harley Charley
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Taint A Bird/Lee L

Missions

Places

  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag 17b, Krems an der Donau, Austria

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Baled out

Oschersleben, Germany 1943-07-28 A/C Battle damaged, Oschersleben 28-Jul-43. Oxygen and Intercom shot out, Neely 1 of 3 crew baled out. POW. Missing Air Crew Report 215.

Other

Prisoner of war

Krems an der Donau, Austria 1943-07-28 Prisoner Of War (POW). Stalag XVIIb.

Born

Osceola, IN 1919-12-06 Son of Mrs James W and Bertha Elizabeth [Barnhart] Neely.

Enlisted

Toledo, OH 1942-04-09 Toledo, Ohio

Based

Horham 1943-07-28 Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died

Brevard County, FL 1984-02-17

Buried

Olive Cemetery Wakarusa, Elkhart County, IN 1984-02-20 Olive Cemetery Wakarusa, Elkhart County, Indiana

Other

Discharged USAAF

1945-09-19 Honourable discharge.

Revisions

Date26 Jul 2021 16:30:33
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date24 Jul 2021 09:32:43
Date23 Jul 2021 20:09:39
Contributorjmoore43
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Flagged as a "Possible DUPLICATE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date23 Jul 2021 19:56:37
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "-" to the A/C type in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date2 Dec 2015 10:10:08
ContributorAl_Skiff
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AAM DB Entry.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:22:19
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 101, 169, 204, MACR 0215

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