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B Z Byrd

Military

Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 25 x missions on B-17 42-5077 'Delta Rebel No. 2'.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • George Birdsong

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew 25 missions as pilot on 'Delta Rebel No2'. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5077 Delta Rebel No. 2

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Tulsa 15 September 1942, arrived in Bangor, Northern Ireland 11 October 1942; Assigned to the 323 Bomb Squadron/ 91st Bomb Group [coded OR-T] at Bassingbourn on 15 October 1942. On 1 May 1943, Delta Rebel No. 2 became the first B-17 Flying Fortress...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Laurel, Mississippi 5 July 1919

Son of Jessie and Mary [Blackledge] Byrd.

Based Bassingbourn 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Gulfport, MS 3 October 2004

Dr. B.Z. Byrd, 85, of Long Beach died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, at Garden Par Medical Center in Gulfport. A retired Baptist minister, he had served in the U.S. Air Force (ret.) and was a member of Faith Chapel Baptist Church. He was a Mason and a Shriner. Dr. Byrd was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Mary Blackledge Byrd; three brothers; and his son, Mike Byrd. He is survived by his wife, Cammie L. Byrd of Long Beach; his son, Don Ulmer of Long Beach; his daughters, Joyce Rowell of Pass Christian, Barbara Key of Grandberry, Texas and Betty Altom of Long Beach; his brothers, Joe Byrd and Mack Byrd, both of Laurel; his sisters, Lorena Yarbrough, Dot Rustin, Bertha Herrington and Audie Herrington, all of Laurel; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 6 p.m.-9 p.m. today at Jones Funeral Home, Ellisville. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004, at Faith Chapel Church with the Revs. David Parker and Dennis Middleton officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Masons. Jones Funeral Home, Ellisville, is in charge of arrangements.(aged 85)

Buried Faith Chapel Church Cemetery Laurel, Jones County, MS 6 October 2004

Faith Chapel Church Cemetery
Laurel,
Jones County, Mississippi

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2021 09:17:44 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography and events
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**!! - No forenames, only initials as per his headstone, etc - !!**

https://www.fold3.com/record/712005917/byrd-b-z-us-veterans-gravesites-c...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40783281/b.-z.-byrd

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02 June 2021 21:30:09 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

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02 June 2021 21:28:12 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
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Flagged as a "NAME_ISSUE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2021 16:53:18 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname and events
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https://www.fold3.com/record/712005917/byrd-b-z-us-veterans-gravesites-c...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40783281/b.-z.-byrd
No forenames, only initials as per his headstone, etc

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2021 20:12:11 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
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Flagged as a "NAME_ISSUE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2020 22:56:35 466thHistorian Changes to events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40783281/b.-z.-byrd

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2020 19:53:35 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards and events
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https://www.fold3.com/record/84005733-b-z-byrd
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40783281/b_-z_-byrd

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2020 16:33:15 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Updated the Buried event per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 40783281.

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2020 16:24:04 jmoore43 Changes to highest rank and events
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Updated rank and the Died event per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 40783281.

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2017 17:45:51 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Selesia Byrd (niece)

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