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Quinton E Bailey

Military

Quinton Bailey served as a pilot with the 466th Bomb Group. He was Killed in Action (KIA) when his aircraft, B-24 'Off Limits Again' #42-94974, was hit by flak and crashed at Osnabruck on 12 October 1944.

He was married Ruth Balke of Haskell, TX and their son, Joe Quinton Bailey, was born on 23 February 1945.

Joe Quinton Bailey died on 2 December 1946 in a car accident.

It was reported as follows in the Abilene Reporter on 3 December 1946:
"Haskell Child Hit by Car Dies
HASKELL, Dec. 2--(SpD--)
Joe Quinton Bailey, two-year-old son of Mrs. Quinton Bailey, young widow of a Haskell war hero, died instantly from injuries received when he was struck by a car in downtown Haskell at 4:55 p. m. Monday. The child broke away from his mother as she was buying ice cream in a corner drugstore and ran into the street. He was hit by a slow-moving automobile, driven by W. H. Tippen, longtime resident of Haskell."
"The boy was taken to the Haskell county hospital where his grandmother, Mrs. V. C. Bailey of Haskell assured the grief-stricken driver that the family held him "entirely blameless" in the accident. 2/Lt. Quinton Bailey, member of the Army Air Force, was shot down in October, 1944 over Germany. His widow is the former Ruth Balke of Houston. The paternal grandfather, V. C. Bailey, also survives. Funeral arrangements were incomplete Monday."

His widow, Ruth, later married John R "Rusty" Mullins, a childhood friend and WWII B-17 pilot. They had two sons and many grandchildren. She died on 8 April 2014.

Service

People

  • Paul Baus

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Osnabruck in B-24 'Off Limits Again' 42-94974.

  • Thomas Chavis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Osnabruck in B-24 'Off Limits Again' #4294974

  • Wallace Faires

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Osnabruck in B-24 'Off Limits Again' #42-94974. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Fearon Hanlon

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Osnabruck in B-24 'Off Limits Again' #42-94974, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Stanley Hittner

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Osnabruck in B-24 'Off Limits Again' #4294974

  • William Jaeger

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Osnabruck in B-24 'Off Limits Again' #42-94974, Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Herminio Rodriguez

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Osnabruck in B-24 'Off Limits Again' #4294974

  • Jack Walters

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Osnabruck in B-24 'Off Limits Again' #4294974 Listed as 5'8" tall and 154 lbs on his draft registration card

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-94974 Off Limit's Again

    B-24 Liberator
    Hit by flak. Witnesses described the aircraft as "one solid mass of flame from the leading edge of the wing all the way to the tail." A wing came off and the plane nosed into a spin. Then the broke off at the rear bomb bay wall. Witnesses said the crew...

Missions

  • 674

    12 October 1944
    Black Week

Events

Event Location Date
Born Whitestone, New York, USA 29 April 1921
Lived in Galveston, TX, USA 1941

His wife was listed as his next-of-kin in the Missing Air Crew Report, living at an address in Galveston. She is listed as 'Mrs Quinton E Bailey'.

Married Ruth Balke 10 April 1941
Enlisted 12 August 1942
Based 12 October 1944
Killed in Action (KIA) Osnabrück, Germany 12 October 1944

I saw the #6 ship in the lead squadron go down. One second they were flying along, the next second they were a mass of flames from the leading edge of the wing back to the tail. The wing came off and the plane nosed over into a spin and then the tail broke off at the rear bomb bay. I don't think anyone could have possibly gotten out unless maybe the navigator did. It looked like flames might have been in the cockpit as well. Maybe it's not so bad to get knocked down if you have a chance to bail out, but those boys had no chance. Most of them had been burned to death before they knew what hit them. - Paul W Perry flying squadron lead in the squadron behind Bailey's a/c witnessed the Bailey Crew being shot down.

Buried Willow Cemetery, Haskell, TX 79521, USA 31 August 1950

His father, Virgil Bailey, signed the Headstone and Internment record in 1950.
As well as his parents, he was survived by Mrs. Ruth Balke Mullins of Galveston, a brother, Delmon C. Bailey of Vernon and a sister, Mrs. Allen
Overton of Haskell.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2021 21:34:38 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2020 23:34:37 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2016 03:45:31 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2016 03:21:31 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

Paul W. Perry War Diary
466th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 17:23:49 Lucy May Changes to biography
Sources

Obituary of Ruth Balke Mullins: http://www.malloyandson.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2473988&fh_i...

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 17:17:45 Lucy May Changes to biography and events
Sources

Obituary of Ruth Balke Mullins: http://www.galvnews.com/obituaries/article_5e2d4f90-c0f8-11e3-80b6-0017a...

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 17:10:12 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography and events
Sources

Combined two entries for Quinton E Bailey. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9488

Quinton Bailey's Findagrave record: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=40983083

His son's Findagrave record: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=40983079

U.S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1942-1945

Newspaper clippings:
Father's name: http://collections.swco.ttu.edu/bitstream/handle/10605/9887/Haskell_Free...
Wife's name: http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/45464785/
Death of son in road accident in downtown Haskell:
http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/51207590/
Return of Quinton Bailey's body to Haskell: http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=20&cad=rj...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 9488 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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