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Bernard W Bail

Military

Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #41-28690 'Missouri Sue'. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

Shot down again on 19 Mar 45 in B-24 #42-51907, crashed near Stuttgart and became a Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-51907

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-51907) was lost on a mission over Neuburg airfield on 19 March 1945. Eyewitnesses were originally uncertain about the fate of the aircraft, which was one of 6 aircraft to break formation after completing the bomb run....

  • 41-28690 'Missouri Sue'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 482nd BG, 389th BG, 66BS, 44th BG, 8AF USAAF. Lead ship on 5-Jun-44 mission to Boulogne-Sur-Mer, despite orders to the contrary, led formation back over the target after the bomb release failed during the critical point of the initial pass....

Missions

  • 392

    5 June 1944

Events

Event Location Date
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 19 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2021 22:05:05 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13574 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Roll of Honor/ MACR 13574,

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