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Richard Bailey


Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. 65 combat missions including three on D-Day and the 23-Dec-44 relief of the Bulge. When wounded in head and both hands, requested medical officer didn't put him forward for Purple Heart as he considered he didn't qualify.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Opted to leave the military a few months after the war ended and earned his engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York. Worked for different companies in multiple states as an engineer before retiring in 1996 at age 73.


Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 450th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...


Event Location Date
Born New York, NY, USA 1922
Based Andrews Field 1944 – January 1945

Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Initially at Andrews Field, Nr Braintree and later Beauvais, France.

Combat mission [3] Omaha Beach, France 6 June 1944

Flew three combat missions on D-Day over Omaha beach [Cotentin Peninsula].

Combat mission Ardennes, France 23 December 1944

Flew combat mission on relief of the Bulge.23-Dec-44.

Returned Stateside New York Harbor, United States February 1945

Returned to US aboard Queen Mary liner.

Lived in Kennesaw, GA, USA 2015

Lives in Kennesaw, GA.


Date Contributor Update
18 May 2017 14:58:51 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations