Bert Kaylor was the son of Charles C. Kaylor and Ethel Love Anderson.

Bert E. Kaylor Aircraft B-17F with serial number 41-24510 departed from Thurleigh, England on a bombing mission to the railroad yards at Lille, France.

Crew members
Pilot, Capt John W. Olson
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Joseph N. Gates
Navigator, 2nd Lt William J. Gise
Bombardier, Nose gunner, 2nd Lt Albert W. LaChasse
Top Turret Gunner, T/Sgt Erwin D. Wissenback
Radio Operator, T/Sgt Thomas W. Dynan
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Bruce Nicholson
Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Thurman C. Wilder
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Bert E. Kaylor

The Chattanooga Daily Times, 14 October 1942
Staff Sergeant Bert E. Kaylor, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kaylor, 4007 St. Elmo avenue, member of a Flying Fortress crew in the army air corps, is reported “missing in action,” according to a war department message yesterday. The telegram stated shat Sergt. Kaylor “has been reported missing in action in the western European area.”  Sergt. Kaylor is the first Chattanooga listed as a casualty in aerial activity over the European continent. He was the tail gunner on a Flying Fortress. He joined the army air forces here in January, and received instruction at fields in Texas, Utah and at Las Vegas, Nev., where he was graduated as an aerial gunner and promoted to the rank of staff sergeant. He moved to Chattanooga last November with his parents from Knoxville. His father is an upholsterer with the D.B. Williams company here. The war department message read: “The secretary of war desires me to express his deep regret that your son, Staff Sergeant Bert E. Kaylor, air corps, has been reported missing in action in western European area. Additional information will be sent to you when received.”

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 24 March 1921
  • Date of death: 9 October 1942
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 306th Bomber Group (Heavy), 36th Bomber Squadron, 8th Air Force
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
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