Photos and recollections of S/Sgt Wilbur E. Bagby of the 489th Bombardment Squadron
during campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy.
12th Air Force
Welcome! I've put together this site to honor my father's time in the service as a B-25 gunner in WWII. He participated in 70 combat missions from June 1943 to February 1944, from bases in N. Africa, Sicily, and Italy, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal/8 Oak Leaf Clusters.
Sadly, Wilbur passed away December 19, 2009 at the age of 88, and is greatly missed by his family and friends.
Included here are some of the very few photos he has from that time, along with scanned documents and some material from other sources. I'll be adding more text and some of my father's personal recollections when I can. Please e-mail me if you have any comments, corrections, or suggestions for this site.
The site is on several pages. Image/photo credits, where known, are given at the bottom of each page.
Preparing for War
Going "Over There"
Campaigns - Page 2
57th Bomb Wing Index
(A great collection of links for related sites.
Check it out.)
1. 12th AF Insignia --- AeroFiles
2. Talking for Jo photo --- Bagby collection
3. 489th Insignia --- 489th Sqn. book
4. MAAF Insignia --- Bagby collection
5. B-25 --- 489th Sqn. book
6. Memoriam --- 489th Sqn. book