Baggett, Owen John, Col

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Primary Unit
1943-1945, POW Japan
Service Years
1943 - 1963

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Contact Info
Home Town
Graham/Abilene, Texas
Last Address
New Braunfels, Texas

Date of Passing
Jul 27, 2006
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 42 Site 436

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Last Known Activity
Owen John Baggett (August 29, 1920-July 27, 2006)[1] was a second lieutenant in the United States 7th Bomb Group based at Pandaveswar, in India, during the Second World War. On March 31, 1943 the squadron was instructed to destroy a bridge at Pyinmana, Burma; but before reaching their target the B-24 bombers were attacked by Japanese fighter planes. Baggett's plane was badly hit, and the crew were ordered to bail out. As the B-24 exploded, the Japanese pilots attempted to shoot the US airmen as they parachuted to earth, one plane approaching Baggett within feet, and then, nose-up and in an almost-stall, the pilot opened his canopy. Baggott claims to have shot the Japanese pilot with his pistol, becoming legendary as the only person to down a Japanese airplane with a .45 handgun. He was later captured by the Japanese, and held for over two years.
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His retirement year is approximate.
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 Unit Assignments
7th Bombardment Group, Heavy9th Bombardment Squadron, HeavyPOW Japan
  1943-1943, 7th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, 9th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1945, POW Japan
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Hardin-Simmons University
  1937-1941, Hardin-Simmons University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1943, B-24 Liberator
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