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Corlys Albert Bedford


Corlys Bedford was Pilot of P-47D # 42-75064, shot down by enemy fighters on return from an escort mission to Ludwigshaven, Germany, 7 January 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with

  • 358th Fighter Group

    358th Fighter Group

    The 358th Fighter Group flew seventeen missions with the Eighth Air Force from Leiston air base. At the beginning of February 1944 the Group were transferred to the Ninth Air Force in exchange for the 357th Fighter Group. With the Ninth, the Group went...

  • 367th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-75064

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Pilot Lt Corlys A. Bedford was killed in the crash. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2005.


  • VIII Fighter Command FO 215

    7 January 1944
    A combined fighter force of 571 aircraft are despatched to provide escort for the bombers attacking at Ludwigshaven, Germany. Three elements of fighters are despatched. ...

Associated Place

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...


Event Location Date
Born Cuyahoga County, OH, USA 6 February 1920

Cleveland, Ohio

Lived in July 1941

Strongsville, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Enlisted 29 March 1942

Cleveland, Ohio

Killed in Action (KIA) Colleret, 8km SE of Maubeuge, France 7 January 1944

shot down by enemy fighters, killed in the crash of his Thunderbolt, just East of Colleret, France

Buried 9 January 1944

at the Centre Cemetery in Maubeuge, France

Buried 1949

after the war, his remains were brought back to the USA. Corlys Bedford rests at the Strongsville Cemetery in Berea, Ohio


Date Contributor Update
12 July 2020 14:09:47 ED-BB Changes to media associations

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Date Contributor Update
12 July 2020 14:08:58 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, place associations and mission associations

MACR 2005
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft Card
Headstone Applications

Date Contributor Update
23 September 2015 09:34:54 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number, biography and events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from :
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2005

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:38 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 2005 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database