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George Claybourne Hayes

Military

Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen. Shot down 1-Dec-43 in B-17 41-24557 'Damn Yankees'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1334

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

People

  • Bruce Sundlun

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen. Shot down 1-Dec-43 in B-17F 41-24557 'Damn Yankees'. Evaded (EVD). ...

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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. ...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24557 Damn Yankee

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-T] Denver 12/8/42; Thurleigh 18/11/42; transferred 545BS/384BG [JD-O] Grafton Underwood 22/8/43; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1/12/43 with Bruce Sundlun (evaded capture), Bombardier: George Hayes, Ball turret gunner: Harry...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Raleigh, North Carolina, USA 18 October 1912
Enlisted 5 May 1942
Based Grafton Underwood 1943 – 1 December 1943

Assigned to 545th 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 1 December 1943
Buried Raleigh National Cemetery Raleigh, Wake County, NC 25 August 1949

Raleigh National Cemetery
Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2021 09:19:31 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28691399
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763928
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3274098/george-clayborne-hayes

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2021 09:03:33 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28691399
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763928
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3274098/george-clayborne-hayes

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1334 / MACR 1334, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=h... / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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