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Vernon Dale Haas


Assigned to 596BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. On 16-Aug-43, landed in Malta in B-24 41-24201 'Baldy and His Brood' on the mission to Foggia, IT while temporarily assigned to the 9th AF. After about 20 attacks by German aircraft and the crew shooting down at least 3 German aircraft, pilot Strong headed to Malta knowing the British hospital could tend to his wounded men. According to Lundy, Haas shot down an Me 109 on this mission, He then went back to the tail turret to help a wounded Oliver Germann, and although wounded himself, went into the tail turret and got the guns working. Haas and pilot W. H. Strong worked together with Haas calling out positions of attacking planes and Strong taking appropriate evasive action. Haas was to spend 1 month in the hospital at Malta and returned home to the US where he spent a year recuperating.

Awards: SS, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.



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    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    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...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24201 'Baldy and his Brood'

    B-24 Liberator
    Received 4th Mar 43. Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. Assigned to the 801st BG (P) 28th Feb 44 after conversion by BAD 1 (14th Feb - 28th Feb 44). Salvaged 24th Jun 45.

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


Event Location Date
Born Clark, WI 27 November 1918

Son of Martin John and Beulah Marie [Gibbs] Haas.

Enlisted Eau Claire, WI 14 April 1942

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Based 1943 – 16 August 1943

Assigned to 596BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Wounded in Action (WIA) Foggia, Italy 16 August 1943
Hospitalised Malta 16 August 1943 – October 1943

Hospitalised, wounds received on Foggia mission. Shrapnel wound left leg.

Returned ZI USA October 1943 – October 1944

Shipped back to US for further recuperation.

Died 5 August 2010
Buried El Cajon Cemetery San Diego, CA 8 August 2010

El Cajon Cemetery
San Diego, California


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08 February 2021 14:45:48 Al_Skiff Changes to events

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

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27 September 2014 18:26:23 AAM AAM ingest

44th Bomb Group Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy pp.120-121 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia