Richard “Dick” Bailey

US Army Air Corps, 9th Air Force, 322d Bombardment Group, 450th Bomb Squadron

RICHARD “DICK” BAILEY – US Army Air Corps, 9th Air Force, 322d Bombardment Group, 450th Bomb Squadron

Mr Richard ‘Dick’ bailey had wanted to fly ever since childhood and traded labor for flight instruction at a local airport. He was one of the youngest pilots in his home state of New York when he enlisted in 1942, but never mentioned his previous training for fear of being singled out.

In early 1944 he found himself flying a Martin B-26 Marauder over Europe serving in 322d BG, 450th Bombardment Squadron based at RAF Andrews Field in Essex.

On D-day Mr Bailye flew his B-26 aircraft to support the beach landing, but terrible weather forced him to return to base with a full bomb load – later that day he flew two other successful missions.

In all Mr Bailey flew 65 combat missions, for his service he has been awarded not one but two Distinguished Flying Crosses and 13 Air Medals.

A good place to learn more about Mr Bailey’s service at the Witness to War Foundation website – where he in his own words describes his service.

Mr Richard ‘Dick’ Bailey signing The Log Book.

Mr. Richard “Dick” Bailey turned 97 on 31 July 2019. His friends including Steve Hoofnagle put out a call in advance for birthday cards. They received over 130 in time for his dinner celebration party over the weekend. Steve very kindly slipped the Log Book into the proceedings. Another successful entry on this incredible journey.

Last Updated on 14 June 2021 by Lars McKie

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