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William Bradford Bailey

Military

Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. 186 x combat missions. Credited 3 x kills (air), 3 x kills (ground).

Awards: SS, DFC (6OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, American Campaign and Defense, Legion d'Honneur.

Post war: Remained in USAF rising to the rank of Lt General.

Service

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. ...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 352nd Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters (353rd Fighter Group)

Aircraft

  • 42-26459 'Butch II' 'Eager Eddie' 'Portland Rose'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Col William B Bailey. Re-assigned to Lt Edward C Andrews. Transferred to 361FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 509FS, 405FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) local test flight crashed...

  • 44-63684 'Double Trouble Two'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Col William B Bailey. Transferred to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-22482 'Stinky Poo' '5PO'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 3rd Air Divison, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-8446

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 512FS, 406FG, 9AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lynn, Massachusetts 20 August 1918
Enlisted Rochester, NY, USA 22 November 1940

Enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Corp.

Crashed Fort Dix, NJ, USA 7 August 1942

Landing Accident Destroyed by Fire Fort Dix, NJ Cat 5 damage William B Bailey, 7-Aug-42.

P-40F 41-13717 - 59FS 33FG

Based Raydon October 1942 – 8 July 1944

Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 11 August 1943

Landing Accident Martlesham Heath/Sta 366 Cat 3 damage William B Bailey, 11-Aug-43.

P-47D 42-22482 - 352FS 353FG 8AF

E/A Destroyed France 14 October 1943

Bf109 destroyed France, 14-Oct-43.

Promoted Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 8 April 1944

Promoted to Lt Colonel.

Transferred Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 7 August 1944

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty #1 (ETD) England, UK 12 August 1944

Ended Tour of Duty #1 (ETD)

Re-Assigned Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 2 November 1944

Re-assigned to 353FG HQ.

E/A Destroyed x 2 Ruhr, Germany 3 February 1945

2 x Fw190 destroyed Ruhr 3-Feb-45.

Detached Service Sweden Sweden 8 May 1945 – 23 May 1945

Detached Service to Sweden.

End Tour of Duty #2 (ETD) England, UK 23 May 1945

Ended Tour of Duty #2 (ETD)

Died Atlanta, IN, USA 14 January 2012
Buried Arlington National Cemetery February 2012

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Section 76, Grave 739

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2021 14:09:56 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/172959184/william-bradford-bailey

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2017 09:13:13 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number and biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2016 16:33:59 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Bailey
http://www.military-art.com/mall/profiles.php?SigID=1159
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_bailey_w_b.php
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Bailey%2C+William+B

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2016 04:08:40 furrykids_2000 Changes to service number and events
Sources

National Archives

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2016 04:14:59 furrykids_2000 Changes to events
Sources

Social Security Death Records,

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2016 03:56:01 furrykids_2000 Changes to service number, highest rank and events
Sources

U.S. Army and Air Force Register, 1948, Vol 1,

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45

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