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Rex James Neely

Military

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 7-Apr-43, B-17 42-3090 'Taint-a-bird' force landed near Clonakilty, County Cork Ireland. Crew was safe.

B-17 42-3267 ditched in Bay of Biscay out of fuel 28-Jun-43. All on board returned. RTD

28-Jul-43, B-17 42-30219 hit by fighters. One of 3 crew members to bail out, Prisoner of War (POW). A/C crash landed at Framlingham with no crew injuries.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • William Thomas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. ...

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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. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30219

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 12/5/43; Bangor 6/6/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-J] Horham 15/6/43; 6m, battle damaged Oschersleben 28/7/43 with Bill Thomas, rest unknown (7 Returned to Duty); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl Cameron,...

  • 42-3090 'T'aint A Bird'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/43; en route to UK aircraft force landed Clonakilty, N. Ireland 7/4/43 with Bill Thomas, Co-pilot: Jim Stapleton, Navigator: Bill Prochaska, Bombardier: Collis Hayes, Ball turret gunner: Floyd Thompson frost-bitten feet, Radio...

  • 42-3267 'Harley Charley'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/4/43; Dow Fd 28/5/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-A] Framlingham 28/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; (2m) Missing in Action St Nazaire 28/6/43 with Bill Thomas, Co-pilot: Jim Stapleton, Navigator: Collis Haynes, Bombardier: Bill Prochaska, Flight...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Osceola, IN 6 December 1919

Son of Mrs James W and Bertha Elizabeth [Barnhart] Neely.

Enlisted Toledo, OH 9 April 1942

Toledo, Ohio

Based Horham 1943 – 28 July 1943

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out Oschersleben, Germany 28 July 1943

A/C Battle damaged, Oschersleben 28-Jul-43. Oxygen and Intercom shot out, Neely 1 of 3 crew baled out. POW. Missing Air Crew Report 215.

Prisoner of war Krems an der Donau, Austria 28 July 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner Of War (POW). Stalag XVIIb.

Discharged USAAF 19 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Brevard County, FL 17 February 1984
Buried Olive Cemetery Wakarusa, Elkhart County, IN 20 February 1984

Olive Cemetery
Wakarusa, Elkhart County, Indiana

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2021 16:30:33 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/89162569/rex-j.-neely

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2021 18:00:14 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, awards, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29418672
https://www.fold3.com/image/651381675
https://www.fold3.com/record/37724586/rex-neely-social-security-death-index
https://www.fold3.com/record/88835674/rex-j-neely-wwii-army-enlistment-r...
https://www.fold3.com/record/714300834/neely-rex-j-us-veterans-gravesite...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/89162569/rex-j.-neely

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2021 11:57:32 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/651381675
https://www.fold3.com/record/88835674/rex-j-neely-wwii-army-enlistment-r...

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2021 09:32:43 general ira snapsorter Changes to nickname, service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 215
https://www.fold3.com/image/29418672

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2021 20:09:39 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
Sources

Flagged as a "Possible DUPLICATE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2021 19:56:37 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C type in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 10:10:08 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 101, 169, 204, MACR 0215

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