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John Henry Baumgardner

Military

Service

People

  • Carmen Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • James Hallas

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Elmer Haller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    WIA

  • Robert Just

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Sharland Leavitt

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Sidney Page

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Lemuel Shaddox

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Fred Thomas

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner/Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106993

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Kearney 22/1/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P/W] Horham 13/3/44; with J. M. Bastion; Co-pilot Frank Puckett Barbour; force landed France 22/6/44; with J.E. Hamilton force landed RAF Bentwaters, Sfk 6/10/44;121m...

  • 42-31376

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/10/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-U] Horham 26/12/43; 48m, Missing in Action Gdynia 6/8/44 with G.B. Herchenhahan, crew unknown; sustained battle damage and force landed Russia and abandoned, Salvaged & repaired 12/11/44; transferred...

  • 42-31410 Berlin Bessie, I Dood It

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/10/43; Kearney 13/11/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-G] Horham 1/1/44; flak damage Berlin 6/10/44 with Lester Lennox, Co-pilot: Bob McCoy (2 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Bill Tate, Bombardier: Dick White, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31939 Spook Six

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/1/44; Kearney 15/1/44; Romulus 23/1/44; Grenier 25/1/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-J] Horham 2/2/44; transferred 412BS [QW-J]; 98m, with S.D. Reed, force landed RAF Coltishakk, 8RTD, 1WIA; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 21/6/44;...

  • 42-31989 'Spam Can' 'Black Magic' 'Shady Lady'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 27/2/44; 336BS [ET-B]; on return from mission landing gear would not lower and crash landed RAF Honington, Suffolk, with Harry Rivenbark, Co-pilot: cp-Boll...

  • 42-97844

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-R] Horham 20/4/44; with Glovik 7/10/44, Waist gunner: Chas Buda KIA; 97m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 9/3/45 with Bill Durant (Ouratt?), Co-pilot: Dwight King, Navigator...

  • 43-38333 Heavy Date

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/7/44; Kearney 31/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-H] Horham 12/8/44; with C.E. Willis force landed A-82 Rouvres, Fr 20/2/45; 73m, crash landed base with ?, non op 6/5/45; ditched North Sea with Roger Sundin 26/5/45....

  • 44-6098

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 2/5/44; Kearney 10/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-N] Horham 30/5/44; 23m, battle damaged Hamburg 4/8/44 with Bob Hamilton, Navigator: Chas Shippe, Bombardier: Jack Sternback, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Oliver...

Missions

  • 358

    19 May 1944

  • 366

    23 May 1944

  • 367

    24 May 1944

  • 370

    25 May 1944
    First mission. Up at 5:00 AM and back at 11:00. Good hit on marshaling yards. Our plane was hit but no-one in our crew was hit.

  • 373

    27 May 1944

  • 376

    28 May 1944

  • 380

    30 May 1944
    Mission #3. Same target as before. A piece of flak broke the pilots windshield. No-one hurt.

  • 414

    15 June 1944

  • 425

    20 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. We were hit by flak; a piece hit Palmer's armor plate and another hit a gas tank. Probriefed in the evening for a big secret mission.

  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wellington, TX 15 May 1916
Lived in Lubbock, TX October 1940
95th BG Combat Tour Horham Airfield, UK 19 May 1944 – 6 November 1944
Died Rotterdam, Netherlands 10 March 1977

John Henry Baumgardner, 61, international farm and ranch expert who died Thursday, March 10, in Rotterdam. Holland, will be buried in Wellington's Fairview Cemetery, March 19.

He was a brother of David Baumgardner, and the oldest of 8 brothers and sisters who grew up on Baumgardner farm south of Wellington. They were the children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe Baumgardner.

Mr. Baumgardner, a former Texas Tech animal husbandry professor, served with the Foreign Agricultural Service and the U.S. Feed Grain Council in Japan and last year, was transferred to Holland.

A spokesman at Texas Tech, where he was professor emeritous, said Mr. Baumgardner was instrumental in developing a method in processing nutritional feeds for livestock feedyards and had worked in Poland, Russia and other foreign countries for ihe U.S. Feed Grain Council. He served as an International county agent, the spokesman said.

Mr. Baumgardner was a native of Wellington. He graduated from Wellington High School and earned degrees from Texas Tech University. He was professor of animal husbandry at Texas Tech from 1945 to 1975. Since 1975, he has worked for the Foreign Agricultural Service and U.S. Feed Grain Council. He was a member of the Plainview Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, Texas Cattle Feeder's Association and the Sirloin Club.

He married Maretta Holloway in 1941 at Lubbock. He was a veteran of World War II and retired U.S. Air Force colonel.

Buried Wellington, TX 19 March 1977

Fairview Cemetery
Wellington, Collingsworth County, Texas, United States of America

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2020 01:41:39 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, events and mission associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/108656140
https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/670670/person/-20625939...

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2020 00:57:15 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/20

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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