Kate Collins

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     Kate Collins married John D. Bagwell on 27 January 1895 at Quitman County, Mississippi.

Mamie Woods

F, b. 8 September 1887, d. 24 September 1974
     Mamie Woods was born on 8 September 1887. As of circa 1907,her married name was Bagwell. She married John D. Bagwell circa 1907. Mamie Woods died on 24 September 1974 at age 87. She was buried at Lambert Cemetery, Lambert, Quitman County, Mississippi.

Children of Mamie Woods and John D. Bagwell

Technical Sergeant Emmett D. Bagwell

M, b. 5 June 1912, d. 27 April 1944
Crash site for Consolidated B-24 Liberator Bomber (42-50306)
Piloted by Lt. Wayne Case - All crew killed including T/SGT Emmett D. Bagwell
RAF Flixton, Suffolk County, England
     Technical Sergeant Emmett D. Bagwell was born on 5 June 1912 in Mississippi. He was the son of John D. Bagwell and Mamie Woods. He enlisted in the US Army in 3 November 1942 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. He was part of the the 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe.

Their Motto: Voler Venger Vaincre (Fly, Avenge, Vanquish).

He was the Top Turret Gunner of a B-24 Liberator bomber was known as the "Dragon Lady". Technical Sergeant Emmett D. Bagwell died on 27 April 1944 in RAF Flixton, Suffolk County, England, at age 31 He was in the 446th Bombardment Group, 704th Bomb Squadron (H) and was Killed in Action in a crash.

The 704th Bombardment Squadron was first activated in 1943. After training in the United States with Consolidated B-24 Liberators, it deployed to the European Theater of Operations, where it engaged in the strategic bombing campaign against Germany.

The details of the crash are extracted from the Misson Reports in History, 446th Bombardment Group (H), March and April 1944:

Mission #61 / Blainville, France / 27 April 1944

"Ten of our aircraft, of 13 assigned, attacked the MPI, a roundhouse in the Blainville marshalling yards [Railroad Yards], with good results, and flak at the target was no deterrent. The mission was a tragic one for the Group, however, since two more planes and crew crashed."

The plane of Lt. Wayne Case (42-50306) of the 704th Squadron crashed and burned on the field while attempting to take off on their 2nd mission with its 12 x 500 lbs bomb load. All ten members of the crew and the two RAF enlisted men in the radar shack were killed in the crash.

Members of crew who were serving with T/Sgt. Phillips are extracted from History, 704th Bomb Squadron (H), March and April 1944 included:

Emmett D. Bagwell, KIA, RAF Flixton, Suffolk [County, England].

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Account of crash on Thursday, 27 April 1944 at 3:55 pm.
Emmett Bagwell, T/SGT, Flight Engineer and Top Turret gunner of the above B-24F Bomber was a personal friend. He was the best basket ball player in our Walnut Consolidated High School, Vance, MS. His sister, Francis, was a classmate of mine.

Below are the names of the crew, all of whom were killed in the crash on 27 April, 1944 upon take off from Flixton Field:
Pilot – Case: Wayne, 1st. LT – 0684274
Co-Pilot – Mayer: Roswell C. FO-T121325
Navigator – Boulas: Joseph B. 1st. LT – 0728164
Bombardier – Conant: Samuel B. 1st LT – 074757
Engineer & TT Gunner – Bagwell: Emmett D. T/Sgt 34476923
Radio Operator – Plallego: Lewis H. S/Sgt – 33234767
Gunner – Kendall: August R. S/Sgt – 39118289
Gunner – Rachal: James L. S/Sgt – 38385559 ( Last name may be Fathal)
Gunner – Whitton: Morgan H. S/Sgt – 11035600
Gunner – Douglass: Charles N. S/Sgt – 18052441
This B-24F crew had bombed a site in France in the morning and returned to the field (# 125) for a second mission to France in the afternoon… They were loaded with twelve (12) 500 lb. bombs.

Strong winds were blowing at Take Off when the wind direction changed by 90 degrees, causing the B-24F to crash at the end of the runway, demolishing a Radar shack and killing two RAF Brits, whereupon the plane caught fire and six bombs exploded. I have photos of the wreckage which totally demolished the plane. What is left of the plane doesn’t even resemble a plane. Bodies of the ten crew members were strewn over the entire crash area, with not enough left to send home.

I have a Restricted Copy of the US Army Air Corps report of the crash (#128). It is dated 27 April, 1944, AAF station 125, B-24J (not F), 8th AF. Cause of the crash is given as strong winds on Take Off.

It is interesting that another B-24 crashed on the same date and that my friend, Emmett Bagwell, was killed on each plane?? The second plane was # 42-7610.

Emmett’s plane was bound for Blainville, France. Further data on the crash is given below:
446th Bombardment Group
20th Combat Wing
2nd Air Division
8th USAAF
Station 125, Flixton, England
The 446th was known as “The Bungay Buckaroos”
Their Motto: Voler Venger Vaencre, which means: Fly, Avenge, Vanquish.
456 crew members were killed, 1943 – 1946
Further Notes:
     The 446th BG (Heavy) was activated 1 April, 1943 from Davis Monthan Field, Tucson, AZ. They trained at Lowry Field, Denver for overseas duty and departed 18 Oct. 1943 for Europe.
They set up a permanent field at station 125, Flixton, UK in Nov. 1943
They began operations on 16 Dec. 1943 with a raid against Bremen, Germany, and flew the last against Salzburg on 26 April 1945.
They flew 273 missions between those dates losing 58 aircraft in battle, and 28 others from non-battles with 447 men killed in action.
They dropped 16,818.95 TONS of bombs.
Over 6, 000 airmen served at Flixton AAB during WWII.
The 446th BG won the following Campaign ribbons:
European-African – Middle Eastern Theatre
Bronze Star ETO ribbon
Normandy Campaign
Northern France Campaign
Ardennes – Alsace
Rhineland
Central Europe
Southern France.

Final Note:
I am C. Douglas Caffey, disabled veteran of WWII having served in the 509th BG, 58th Wing in the Pacific with B-29’s. I searched for how Emmett Bagwell died for over sixty years to no avail until the year 2003 when I began an extended search via the NET, and little by little, I finally learned how my friend Emmett Bagwell died.
He was my first friend to die in WWII. I have never forgotten Emmett, the Star basket ball player, nor Emmett, the B-24 Flight Engineer and Top Turret Gunner who gave his life for the cause of FREEDOM!


He was buried at Lambert Cemetery, Lambert, Quitman County, Mississippi.

Louis Lavaughn Bagwell

M, b. 17 July 1924, d. 29 May 2016
     Louis Lavaughn Bagwell was born on 17 July 1924 in Superior, Arizona. He was the son of James Oscar Bagwell and Mary Lou Monroe. He was a tail gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress in 423rd Bomb Squadron / 306th Bomb Group - known as "The Reich Wreckers". He flew on Edward Lindsay crew. Reported to the ETO on 12 Sept 1944. I beleive he receive an Air Medal 4 Oak Leaf Cluster.


Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat, Oct 1942-Apr 1945, they flew 342 missions of 9,614 sorties from that station dropping 22,575 tons of bombs. The Group lost 171 aircraft MIA. Operations primarily against strategic targets, striking locomotive works at Lille, railroad yards at Rouen, submarine pens at Bordeaux, shipbuilding yards at Vegesack, ball-bearing works at Schweinfurt, oil plants at Merseburg, marshalling yards at Stuttgart, a foundry at Hannover, a chemical plant at Ludwigshafen, aircraft factories at Leipzig, and other objectives on the Continent. Took part in the first penetration into Germany by heavy bombers of Eighth AF on 27 Jan 1943 by attacking U-boat yards at Wilhelmshaven. Without fighter escort and in the face of powerful opposition, the 306th completed an assault against aircraft factories in central Germany on 11 Jan 1944, being awarded a DUC for the mission. Received another DUC for action during Big Week, the intensive campaign against the German aircraft industry, 2-25 Feb 1944: although hazardous weather forced supporting elements to abandon the mission, the group effectively bombarded an aircraft assembly plant at Bernberg on 22 Feb. Often supported ground forces and attacked interdictory targets in addition to its strategic operations. Helped to prepare for the invasion of Normandy by striking airfields and marshalling yards in France, Belgium, and Germany; backed the assault on 6 Jun 1944 by raiding railroad bridges and coastal guns. Assisted ground forces during the St Lo breakthrough in Jul. Covered the airborne invasion of Holland in Sep. Helped stop the advance of German armies in the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945, by attacking airfields and marshalling yards. Bombed enemy positions in support of the airborne assault across the Rhine in Mar 1945. Remained in the theater after V-E Day as part of United States Air Forces in Europe, and engaged in special photographic mapping duty in western Europe and North Africa. Inactivated in Germany on 25 Dec 1946.

Squadrons:
367th: 1942-1946; 1947-1952.
368th: 1942-1946; 1947-1952.
368th: 1942-1946; 1947-1952.
423d: 1942-1946.

Stations:
Gowen Field, Idaho, 1 Mar 1942
Wendover Field, Utah, c. 6 Apr-1 Aug 1942
Thurleigh, England, Sep 1942
Giebelstadt, Germany, Dec 1945
Istres, France, Feb 1946
Furstenfeldbruck, Germany, 16 Aug 1946
Lechfeld, Germany, 13 Sep-25 Dec 1946.
Andrews Field, Md, 1 Jul 1947
MacDill AFB, Fla, Aug 1948-16 Jun 1952.

Commanders:
Col Charles B Overacker Jr, c. 16 Mar 1942
Col Frank A Armstrong Jr, 3 Jan 1943
Col Claude E Putnam, 17 Feb 1943
Col George L Robinson, c. 20 Jun 1943
Col James S Sutton, Sep 1944
Col Hudson H Upham, c. 16 Apr 1945

Campaigns:
Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe.

Decorations:
Distinguished Unit Citations: Germany, 11 Jan 1944; Germany, 22 Feb 1944.

Insigne:
Shield: Per fess enhanced dancette azure and or, in base the Indian idiogram for the jaws of a rattlesnake gules. Motto: Abundance Of Strength. (Approved 6 Jan 1943.)

CLAIMS TO FAME
Oldest operational Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force.
Stationed in England and at a single base longer than any other Group.
First 8th Air Force Bomb Group to complete 300 missions.
First 9th Air Force to bomb Germany 27-Jan-1943 Wilhelmshaven.
First airman in VIII Bomber Command to complete a tour; TSgt M. Roscovich 5-Apr-43.
367th Bomb Squadron suffered heaviest losses in VIII BD between Oct 42 and Aug 43.
Princess Elizabeth named B-17F 41-102547 "Rose of York" at Thurleigh
Medal of Honor to Sgt Maynard H. Smith 1-May-1943. Louis Lavaughn Bagwell married Ima Jean Conway on 24 March 1945 at Maricopa County, Arizona. Louis Lavaughn Bagwell died on 29 May 2016 at age 91. He was buried at Twentynine Palms Cemetery, Twentynine Palms, San Bernardino County, California.

Ima Jean Conway

F, b. 29 December 1922, d. 28 April 2015
     Ima Jean Conway was born on 29 December 1922. As of 24 March 1945,her married name was Bagwell. She married Louis Lavaughn Bagwell, son of James Oscar Bagwell and Mary Lou Monroe, on 24 March 1945 at Maricopa County, Arizona. Ima Jean Conway died on 28 April 2015 at age 92. She was buried at Twentynine Palms Cemetery, Twentynine Palms, San Bernardino County, California.

Lois Lawanda Bagwell

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     Lois Lawanda Bagwell is the daughter of James Oscar Bagwell and Mary Lou Monroe. Lois Lawanda Bagwell married George R. Campbell on 27 June 1944 at Cochise County, Arizona.

George R. Campbell

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     George R. Campbell married Lois Lawanda Bagwell, daughter of James Oscar Bagwell and Mary Lou Monroe, on 27 June 1944 at Cochise County, Arizona.

Myrene Bagwell

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     Myrene Bagwell is the daughter of James Oscar Bagwell and Mary Lou Monroe.

James Orville Bagwell

M, b. 17 November 1929, d. 16 April 2011
     James Orville Bagwell was born on 17 November 1929 in Superior, Arizona. He was the son of James Oscar Bagwell and Mary Lou Monroe. James Orville Bagwell married Rayola Turnbow on 17 November 1967 at Los Angeles, California. James Orville Bagwell died on 16 April 2011 at age 81.

Rayola Turnbow

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     Rayola Turnbow married James Orville Bagwell, son of James Oscar Bagwell and Mary Lou Monroe, on 17 November 1967 at Los Angeles, California.

James Orville Bagwell

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     James Orville Bagwell is the son of James Orville Bagwell and Rayola Turnbow.

John Owen Bagwell

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     John Owen Bagwell is the son of James Orville Bagwell and Rayola Turnbow.

Scotti Kathlene Bagwell

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     Scotti Kathlene Bagwell is the daughter of James Orville Bagwell and Rayola Turnbow.

Mayo Bagwell

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     Mayo Bagwell is the daughter of James Orville Bagwell and Rayola Turnbow. Mayo Bagwell married (?) McDonald after 1985.

(?) McDonald

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     (?) McDonald married Mayo Bagwell, daughter of James Orville Bagwell and Rayola Turnbow, after 1985.

Ethel Bagwell

F, b. 11 December 1914, d. 17 March 2003
     Ethel Bagwell was born on 11 December 1914. She was the daughter of John D. Bagwell and Mamie Woods. As of after 1930,her married name was Crocker. Ethel Bagwell married James Earl Crocker after 1930. Ethel Bagwell died on 17 March 2003 at age 88. She was buried at New Cleveland Cemetery, Cleveland, Bolivar County, Mississippi.

James Earl Crocker

M, b. 19 July 1913, d. 16 March 1997
     James Earl Crocker was born on 19 July 1913. He married Ethel Bagwell, daughter of John D. Bagwell and Mamie Woods, after 1930. James Earl Crocker died on 16 March 1997 at age 83. He was buried at New Cleveland Cemetery, Cleveland, Bolivar County, Mississippi.

Frances Florence Bagwell

F, b. 20 December 1926, d. 8 February 1961
     Frances Florence Bagwell was born on 20 December 1926 in Mississippi. She was the daughter of John D. Bagwell and Mamie Woods. As of after 1945,her married name was Sims. Frances Florence Bagwell married Thomas A. Sims after 1945. Frances Florence Bagwell died on 8 February 1961 in Mississippi at age 34. She was buried at Lambert Cemetery, Lambert, Quitman County, Mississippi.

Thomas A. Sims

M, b. 16 September 1923, d. 15 November 1967
     Thomas A. Sims was born on 16 September 1923. He married Frances Florence Bagwell, daughter of John D. Bagwell and Mamie Woods, after 1945. Thomas A. Sims died on 15 November 1967 in Quitman County, Mississippi, at age 44. He was buried at Lambert Cemetery, Lambert, Quitman County, Mississippi.

Elton L. Bagwell

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     Elton L. Bagwell married Rosa L. Smith before 1965.

Child of Elton L. Bagwell and Rosa L. Smith

Rosa L. Smith

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     Rosa L. Smith married Elton L. Bagwell before 1965.

Child of Rosa L. Smith and Elton L. Bagwell

Elton Collins Bagwell

M, b. 18 September 1965, d. 24 September 1965
     Elton Collins Bagwell was born on 18 September 1965. He was the son of Elton L. Bagwell and Rosa L. Smith. Elton Collins Bagwell died on 24 September 1965 in N.A.M. Hosptial, Nassawadox, Northhampton County, Virginia. He was buried at Mount Calvary Church Cemetery, Exmore, Northhampton County, Virginia.

(?) Fleener

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     (?) Fleener married Carolyn Bagwell, daughter of William Stanley Bagwell and Ruth Vivian Davidson, after 1953.

Vanitta Nadine Rand

F, b. 15 June 1917, d. 11 April 1980
     Vanitta Nadine Rand was also known as Nadine Rand. She was born on 15 June 1917 in Kansas. As of before 1934,her married name was Bagwell. She married John Howard Bagwell, son of William Smith Bagwell and Izora Sylvia Lattin, before 1934. As of after 1978,her married name was Lewis. Vanitta Nadine Rand married Carroll Edward Lewis after 1978. Vanitta Nadine Rand died on 11 April 1980 in Liberty County, Texas, at age 62 of heart failure.

Children of Vanitta Nadine Rand and John Howard Bagwell

Carroll Edward Lewis

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     Carroll Edward Lewis married Vanitta Nadine Rand after 1978.

William Ernest Bagwell

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     William Ernest Bagwell is the son of John Howard Bagwell and Vanitta Nadine Rand. William Ernest Bagwell married Ruth Ann McPherson on 1 May 1961 at Fort Bend, Texas.

Ruth Ann McPherson

F, b. 5 April 1938, d. 7 January 2020
     Ruth Ann McPherson was born on 5 April 1938. As of 1 May 1961,her married name was Bagwell. She married William Ernest Bagwell, son of John Howard Bagwell and Vanitta Nadine Rand, on 1 May 1961 at Fort Bend, Texas. Ruth Ann McPherson died on 7 January 2020 at age 81. She was buried at Hardin Chapel Cemetery, Hardin, Liberty County, Texas.

Sunny Zoann Bagwell

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     Sunny Zoann Bagwell is the daughter of John Howard Bagwell and Vanitta Nadine Rand. Sunny Zoann Bagwell married Wallace Wilson McMillian on 10 June 1957 at Lubbock County, Texas. Sunny Zoann Bagwell married William J. Barnes on 27 June 1975 at Collin County, Texas.

Wallace Wilson McMillian

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     Wallace Wilson McMillian married Sunny Zoann Bagwell, daughter of John Howard Bagwell and Vanitta Nadine Rand, on 10 June 1957 at Lubbock County, Texas.

William J. Barnes

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     William J. Barnes married Sunny Zoann Bagwell, daughter of John Howard Bagwell and Vanitta Nadine Rand, on 27 June 1975 at Collin County, Texas.