Richard Bailey


Object Number - UPL 28068 - 1st Lt Richard Bailey 450BS, 322BG, 9AF in unidentified B-26 cockpit.

Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. 65 combat missions including three on D-Day and the 23-Dec-44 relief of the Bulge. When wounded in head and both hands, requested medical officer didn't put him forward for Purple Heart as he considered he didn't qualify.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Opted to leave the military a few months after the war ended and earned his engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York. Worked for different companies in multiple states as an engineer before retiring in 1996 at age 73.


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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Pappy's Pram
  • Unit: 322nd Bomb Group 450th Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date Description


Combat mission [3]

Omaha Beach, France 6 June 1944 Flew three combat missions on D-Day over Omaha beach [Cotentin Peninsula].


Combat mission

Ardennes, France 23 December 1944 Flew combat mission on relief of the Bulge.23-Dec-44.


New York, NY, USA


Andrews Field Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Initially at Andrews Field, Nr Braintree and later Beauvais, France.
Kennesaw, GA, USA Lives in Kennesaw, GA.


Returned Stateside

New York Harbor, United States Returned to US aboard Queen Mary liner.

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