Col Gayle Bailey, USAF (ret) [deceased] was assigned to the 450th BG,
His Military service, was, a B-24 Pilot, 720th Bomb Squadron, 450th Bomb
Group (H), 15th Air Force in Manduria, Italy in WWII.
During the period from February 1944 to April 1945 he flew a total of 7 combat missions
and logged 55 combat hours in B-24 aircraft.
He retired from the US Air Force with the rank of Colonel in November 1970.
Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal,
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, American Campaign Medal, Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal,
World War II Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 bronze star, US Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon w/ 4 OLC,
Armed Forces Reserve Medal, USAF Marksmanship award.
He was my Stepfather and Friend,
Lt Col Bruce Carson, USAF (ret)