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Ben W Bailey


Assigned to 7th Station Complement Sqn, 432 ASGp, 381BG, 8AF.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 432nd Air Service Group
  • 7th Station Complement Squadron

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...


Event Location Date
Born Missouri, USA 20 November 1919
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA 30 July 1941

Los Angeles, California

Based Ridgewell 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 7th Station Complement Sqn, 432 ASGp, 381BG, 8AF.

Died Santa Maria, CA 12 April 2006


Date Contributor Update
14 May 2019 08:36:43 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2019 20:55:38 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank and place associations

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:21 AAM AAM ingest

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