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TSGT John S. Bailey
Mon Sep 25, 2017 18:45
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TSGT John S. Bailey, U.S. Army Air Corps, 38th Bomb Group, was the radio operator on a B-24 Liberator bomber, nicknamed “Miss Bee Haven”, which crashed on take off from Tarawa on 21 January 1944. While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Rick Stone prepared reports which noted that TSGT Bailey was one of eleven known recovered casualties from two crashes on that date. Chief Stone’s reports noted that four were buried as “Unknowns” in the Punchbowl and seven remained buried in an undiscovered cemetery plot on Tarawa. In 2016, the Foundation received a "Family Report" request from TSGT Bailey's family which was provided immediately noting that TSGT Bailey was not a most likely match to any Tarawa "Unknowns" buried in the Punchbowl. Later in 2016, the U.S. Congress requested a report from the Foundation on the case of the eleven missing fliers which was immediately forwarded and provided to the Department of Defense. The Congressional Report listed TSGT Bailey as one of the seven aircrew casualties who were still buried on Tarawa and gave the location of their grave site. TSGT Bailey was recovered from a grave on Tarawa at the site indicated by Foundation research and his identification was officially announced on 25 September 2017.

    • B-24 lossesMatt Holly, Tue Sep 26 00:38
      I believe both these losses were reported in the book "Grey Geese Calling" and stated they thought sabotage had occurred with salt water in the fuel, causing these two AC to go down. I searched for... more
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