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TSGT John S. Bailey
Mon Jun 11, 2018 13:10
107.178.10.88

“His Lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21.
TSGT John Solenberger Bailey, U.S. Army Air Corps, 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 the Department of Defense (DoD) 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 on Tarawa. The Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation researchers, using advanced law enforcement investigative techniques and sophisticated technologies not available at DoD or to the government contractors paid to recover remains, continued to research TSGT Bailey’s case. In 2016, the Foundation received a Family Report request from TSGT Bailey’s family which noted that he 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. 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. Welcome home Airman! We share the joy of your family in your return for burial in Winchester, Virginia on 13 June 2018! God Bless you and thanks to ALL who never forgot you and your service to our country!

  • TSGT John S. BaileyFoundation, Mon Sep 25 18:45
    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.... more
    • TSGT John S. Bailey — Foundation, Mon Jun 11 13:10
    • 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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