Bailey, Harold H

Title

Bailey, Harold H
H H Bailey
Bill Bailey

Description

The collection consists of an oral history interview with Harold Hubert 'Bill' Bailey (b. 1925, 2221922 Royal Air Force) and eight photographs.

Bill Bailey completed 37 operations as a rear gunner with 31 Squadron, South African Air Force as part of 205 Group. He flew from Egypt, Palestine and Italy and took part in supply drops to partisan groups in Italy and Yugoslavia.

The collection has been donated to the IBCC Digital Archive for digitisation by Bill Bailey and catalogued by IBCC staff.

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

2016-05-01

Rights

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Identifier

Bailey, HH

Collection Items

Bill Bailey was born in Stafford. After finishing school he went to work for the Post Office Telephones service as a telegram boy. He decided to join the Royal Air Force and began training as a rear gunner at RAF Dalcross. He joined 31 Squadron of…

B-24 in flight over the Alps
31 Squadron South African Air Force B-24 in flight over snow-capped mountainous terrain. The registration letter K is visible.

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Eight aircrew
Eight aircrew arranged in two rows, four crouched for standing. Two have pilot’s wings, others are single winged brevets. One man is holding a pet. In background are two tents.

Back row from left to right: wireless operator Flight Sergeant…

Bill Bailey and Shorty in Sorrento
Bill has his arm around Shorty’s shoulder, who has a single wing brevet, a medal ribbon and Sergeant’s stripes. Both aircrew, in uniform, leaning against metal balustrade at the Grand Hotel, Sorrento bay with breakwater and headland in…

Bill Bailey inside his B-24 rear turret
A B-24 on Marston Mat pierced steel planking. Bill Bailey's face is visible inside the turret. Five aircrew are visible and an aircraft is partly visible behind.

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Bill Bailey as newly qualified air gunner
Head and shoulders portrait of air gunner Bill Bailey with half wing brevet.

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Bill Bailey as a cadet
Head and shoulders portrait of cadet Bill Bailey aged 18, in training at Bridlington in November 1943.

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Bill Bailey in telegraph boy uniform
Bill Bailey, aged 14, in telegraph boy uniform, standing in a garden alongside a bird table, in front of a house.

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Daylight bombing of Pula harbour
Aerial inclined photograph of the harbour of Pula, centered on Otočić Sveti Andrija. A big smoke cloud is rising from Otok Katerina: other explosions are visible on land and water. A splash marks the crash of a B-24.

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