Baird, Frank Edward, Maj

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 770-Airplane Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1948-1972, Air Force Reserve Command
Service Years
1942 - 1972
Officer Collar Insignia
Major

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Home Town
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Last Address
Ohio Veterans Home

Date of Passing
Jan 27, 2010
 
Location of Interment
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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


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Last Known Activity
This Remembrance is based upon and credited to research done by USMF member "kyhistorian" (user name) who collected a grouping named to this officer which may be seen at this link:

www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php

"This is a grouping I recieved a couple of years ago pertaining to the career of Major Frank Baird, USAFR. Major Baird worked for Wright Aeronatical before the war as a mechanic's helper, but wanted to fly. He decided to try and get to China to join the AVG and was on a ship heading for China when the war broke out. He made it as far as Pearl Harbor and his ship was turned back. After returning to the states he applied for flight training and returned to work with Wright until he was accepted as an aviation cadet in December of 1942. He recieved his wings and commision in March of 1944 and ended up assigned to the 26th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group in the CBI. He served as a pilot and maintenance officer and from what I can gather from his records he spent a lot of time training Chinese pilots. He appears to have flown about 5 combat missions as a fighter pilot and towards the end of the war he flew several missions flying B-25's with the 341st Bomb group.

He was discharged in 1946 and rejoined the Air Force Reserves in 1948. He served with the reserves as a maintenance officer with the several Air Force Reserve recovery units until his retirement in 1972. While in the reserves he worked for 14 years with General Electric as a test engineer and then as a plant service cooordinator for Christ hospital in Cincinnati Ohio. In 1984 he joined the Ohio Military Reserve and served at the rank of Lt Col as HQ Supply and Procurment officer though 1988. He was a member of the Shriners, P-40 pilots association and the 14th Air Force Association to name a few and in 1978 he was awarded the Nationalist Chinese Medal of Honor with cravat for his work in getting medical equipment and supplies for several hospitals in Nationalist China that were in need.

What you will see is what was left after a bitter divorce and a farm auction that took place when he was placed in the Ohio Veteran's home because of Alzhiemers. I met his second wife after he was in the home at a Veteran's program I had set up and she decided to pass along what was left to me. Sadley he passed away on January 27th so I am posting this as a tribute to his service."

   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School51st Fighter Group26th Fighter Squadron341st Bombardment Group, Medium
14th Air ForceAir Force Reserve Command
  1942-1942, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1945, 51st Fighter Group
  1943-1945, 26th Fighter Squadron
  1945-1946, 341st Bombardment Group, Medium
  1945-1946, 14th Air Force
  1948-1972, Air Force Reserve Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)4
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  B-25 Mitchell  
  2003-2003, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  2003-2003, B-25 Mitchell
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