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Baer, William K.

Rank and Name, Staff Sergeant William K. Baer.

Unit/Placed in, 75th Bomber Squadron, 42nd Bomber Group, Medium.


William is born approx. on 12 Jan. 1914 in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Father, William H. Baer.

Mother, Amy L. (Kaufield) Baer.

Brother(s), Donald H. and Gordon L. Baer.


William enlisted the service in Massachusetts with service number # 31140766.


William‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a B-25  were,

2nd Lt.          Thomas O. Thompson         Pilot

2nd Lt.          Carl G. Clemons                Co Pilot

2nd Lt.          John C. Henderson            Bombardier/Navigator

SSgt.            Allen E. Cooperider            Engineer/Gunner

SSgt.            William K. Baer                 Radio Operator/Gunner

SSgt.            Ralph J. Kirsch                 Top Turret Gunner

William was KIA when the plane was hit and the engine was on fire and they crashed on 22 Jan. 1944, he is honored with an Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


William is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.


Thanks to, https://pacificwrecks.com/airfields/solomons/renard/maps/map-renard-1-45-cu.html

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com and Europe 1940-1945 on Facebook.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

75th Bomber Squadron
42nd Bomber Group
North American B-25 Mitchell
Renard Airfield, Russell Islands
His rank Staff Sergeant
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