Monday, May 12, 2008

Lt Cdr J.S. Bailey OBE RN

Lt Cdr Bailey joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1938, and began his operational career flying Albacores over the English Channel in 1941. He scored a probable victory over a BF109 in the raid on Kirkenes, flying in an 827Sqn Albacore from HMS Victorious.

He became the C/O of 827Sqn in 1943, the first Squadron to receive the Fairey Barracuda. He became C/O of 768 Deck Landing Tarining School. Machrihanish in June 1943. Became C/O of 815 Barracuda Sqn at Machrihanish in 1945.

When he set down a Seafire 17 on the deck of HMS Illustrious on May 24th 1950 he created what constituted at the time a world record for deck landings, 2000 in all with 19 different types of aircraft.