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Carl O Baer

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Pilot, Baer crew, 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed that they were running out of fuel and may not make it back to base. The crew was reported to be in dinghies in the North Sea. His body washed ashore on 4 February 1944 near great Yarmouth. Killed in Action (KIA). Originally buried in the Cambridge AMC.
Glen Ellyn, IL

Service

People

  • Edison Eichhorn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Noxon crew. Original member of the Baer crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31111 'Four Aces-Pat Hand'. Mission #46 to the chemical plant at Leverkusen, Germany. MACR 1659. Killed in Action. The aircraft...

  • Edward Meyers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Baer crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed they were running out of fuel and may not...

  • John Moore

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Baer crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch returning from mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 January 1944 on B-17 342-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed they were running out of fuel and may not...

  • Thomas Nelson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Kemp crew. Original member of the Baer crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 8 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3123 'Ron Chee'. Mission #36 to the shipyards at Bremen, Germany. MACR 1396. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Ardennes AMC. ...

  • Henry Palas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Baer crew. Not an original member of the crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed that they...

  • Philip Phillipuk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Baer crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed they were running out of fuel and may not make it...

  • Robert Remple

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Baer crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed that the aircraft was out of fuel and may not...

  • James Rigat

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Baer crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed they were running out of fuel and may not make it...

  • John Tully

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Baer crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed they were running out of fuel and may not make it...

  • Malcolm Van Hise

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Baer crew. Not an original member of the crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Forced to ditch in the North Sea on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus'. MACR 2495. Lt Baer radioed that they...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30029 Chap's Flying Circus

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 11/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-P] Ridgewell 29/5/43 with Frank Chapman, Dick Robinson, Bill Hodge, Wilson Cupp, Otha Frost, Edwin Myers, Ed Pope, John Wardell, Bill Richardson, Bob...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

  • VIII Bomber Command SCRUBBED

    18 October 1943
    This was another attempt at launching at attack on the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. Both B-17 Groups and B-24 Groups were scheduled to participate, but the mission was recalled over the North Sea because of weather. One B-24 Failed to Return ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 119

    3 November 1943
    October 1943 turned out to be the worst loss rate for 8th Air Force for the entire war. 2,145 B-17s and 303 B-24s had been dispatched on missions. 163 B-17s had been lost (lost rate 7.5991%) and 9 B-24s were lost (loss rate 2.9703%). These loss rates...

  • VIII Bomber Command 121

    5 November 1943
    Having had good success with P-38 escorts and limiting penetration depth into Germany this mission is directed at the railroad marshaling yards and oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In addition the marshaling yards at Munster, Germany are also...

  • VIII Bomber Command 124

    7 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a force of 59 B-17s of 1st Bomb Division including 91BG (18) 351BG (20); and 381BG (21) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Wesel, Germany. Failure of the Oboe equipment results in a...

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA
Based 15 September 1943 – 30 January 1944
Killed in Action North Sea 30 January 1944
Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2018 19:12:02 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
19 February 2018 19:10:14 ARowe95 Changes to biography
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Date Contributor Update
19 February 2018 00:18:54 ARowe95 Changes to biography
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Date Contributor Update
18 February 2018 21:28:13 ARowe95 Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 2495, 8th AF Losses,

href="www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx">www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx> / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2495 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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