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William R Bailey


Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29641 'Black Swan'. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA).



  • Frank Scott

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #4229641 'Black Swan. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29641

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/1/43; Salina 9/2/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-V] Chelveston 21/3/43; Missing in Action Nantes 4/7/43 with Frank Scott, Co-pilot: Bob Brazeal, Navigator: Bill Bailey, Bombardier: Leslie Stone, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...


Event Location Date
Born Lexington, Kentucky, USA 1923
Enlisted Lexington, KY, USA 24 March 1942
Killed in Action (KIA) Bay of Biscay 4 July 1943
Buried 1945

No Known Grave
Tablet of The Missing


Date Contributor Update
22 February 2021 21:48:10 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2020 00:06:12 466thHistorian Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2016 00:37:05 466thHistorian Changes to service number, awards, events, person associations, place associations and media associations

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:36 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4483 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database