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Marvin James Bates Jr


Assigned to 772BS, 463BG, 15AF USAAF. ETD

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 463rd Bomb Group

    463rd Bomb Group

    The 463rd BG entered combat on March 30, 1944. The target was the airdrome at Imoski, Yugoslavia. Thirty-nine planes dropped 117 tons of bombs from 20,000 feet. Although slight flak was encountered, all planes returned safely. The group flew a...

  • 772nd Bomb Squadron

    772nd Bomb Squadron

    Established in mid-1943 as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombardment squadron; assigned to Second Air Force for training. Attached in late 1943 and early 1944 to Air University Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics. Deployed to Mediterranean Theater...


  • 42-97550 'Lassie and Her Lads'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/12/43; Lincoln 8/1/44; Lakeland 11/1/44; Morrison 13/2/44; Assigned 772BS/463BG Celone 15/2/44; fatal crash destroyed 11/10/44 1 x KIA. LASSIE AND HER LADS.

Associated Place

  • Celone

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Chilton County, AL 31 October 1922

Son of Marvin James Snr and Lillie Magnolia [Moore] Bates.

Enlisted Fort McClellan, AL 12 August 1942
Based Celone 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 772BS, 463BG, 15AF USAAF.

Died Lawrenceville, GA 10 August 2011
Buried Hamilton Mill Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA 15 August 2011

Hamilton Mill Memorial Gardens
Gwinnett County, GA