Pilot Officer Hughbert Bailey was born in Adelaide, Australia, on 11 january 1924. He was a student in Booborowie, Southern Australia prior to joining the RAAF. On completion of training in the UK he was posted to No. 3 Squadron flying Tempests during summer 1944.

After the unit had moved to Holland to become part of 2nd TAF he was shot down near Rheine in EJ653 on 22 February 1945 by Lt Waldemar Soffing of I/JG26, becoming a PoW.








Bailey's victories in Tempest

Date of Claim Type Claimed Aircraft Serial No. Location of Claim Unit
18 June 1944 1/2 x V-1 JN739  nr Dungeness 3
18 June 1944 V-1 JN739 4m N Eastbourne 3
23 June 1944 V-1     3
25 June 1944 V-1 JN752  NW Dungeness 3
27 June 1944 V-1     3
5 July 1944 V-1 EJ582  15 m S Beachy Head 3
5 July 1944 V-1 JN807  3m off Pevensey 3
6 July 1944 V-1 JN807  over sea 3
7 July 1944 V-1     3
16 July 1944 V-1     3
18 July 1944 1/2 x V-1 JN807  N Rye 3
28 July 1944 V-1     3
2 August 1944 2 x V-1s     3



Aces High Vol. 2 by Christopher Shores
Australian War Memorial


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