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Harold Brunson Bailey


Killed in Action (KIA) over France when escape hatch opened on B-17 #42-5827.
Lt Bailey died while trying to go over the mountains between France and Spain to evade capture. This was late October 1943. His final resting place is Lancaster, Lancaster County, South Carolina, USA


Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5827 Lakanuki

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/3/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Dow Fd 21/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG Kimbolton 20/5/43; 526BS [LF-Y]; on mission to Le Bourget 16/8/43 Navigator: Harry Bailey Killed in Action when he fell out of ship after escape hatch...


  • VIII Bomber Command 83

    16 August 1943
    This mission consists of two elements of B-17s despatched to bomb the German airfields of Le Bourget (Paris), Poix and Abbeville, France. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20);...


Event Location Date
Born Lancaster, South Carolina 14 May 1921
Died 25 October 1943

See Find-a-grave Memorial ID 46516774.

Buried Lancaster, South Carolina, USA

Lancaster Memorial Park
Lancaster, South Carolina, USA


Date Contributor Update
14 March 2020 03:09:16 jmoore43 Changes to events

Changed Born, Died and Buried events per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 46516774.

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2020 03:01:20 jmoore43 Changes to middlename

Added middle name per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 46516774.

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2020 21:30:06 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.
Added a cemetery to the Buried event per info in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2019 11:37:17 screwball Changes to biography and events


Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 10:41:06 Rainer Changes to mission associations

Updated connections

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2016 10:35:49 Rainer Changes to service number, events, aircraft associations and mission associations

Updated collections

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol  I by Bishop & Hey p. 505;  379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 275