Baldwin, Wayne I., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 509th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
RAF Polebrook, England

Casualty Date
May 29, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Brittany, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot L, Row 12, Grave 21

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Aerial Gunnery School509th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, Aerial Gunnery School
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 351st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 509th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
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  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
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B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
Wayne I. Baldwin was born in Delaware in 1921. He was residing in New York state on January 12, 1942 when he enlisted at Syracuse as a private in the Army Air Forces. He had completed 4 years of high school, was single with no dependents, and had worked as a mechanic or repairmen on motor vehicles.

After basic training, he was sent to aerial gunnery school. When he had completed this course, he was assigned to the newly-activated 351st Bomb Group at Geiger Field, Washington. Weather conditions precluded much training at that site, so the unit was moved to Biggs Field, Texas and prepared for overseas deployment.

When arriving in England, Baldwin was assigned as the ball turret gunner on a B-17 of the 509th Bomb Squadron. This crew flew 6 missions in May, 1943, but was credited with only 5 because the first one was recalled. On May 29, 1943, this crew took part in a bombing mission to St. Naizare, France, directed against the submarine pens and docks.

After bombs were dropped, two flak bursts knocked out two of the bomber's engines. Then, fighters attacked. Just as the fighters broke off their run, a flak burst hit through the still-open bomb bay doors, exploding inside and killing Baldwin and the two waist gunners. Most of the crew managed to bail out, but were captured upon landing. The aircraft crashed near Ploeren, France.

TSgt Wayne I. Baldwin's remains were eventually buried in the Brittany American Cemetery in St. James, France. He lies in Plot L, Row 12, Grave 21.
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Wayne I. Baldwin was acting as ball turret gunner on B-17F # 42-29838, nicknamed "Concho Clipper," assigned to the 509th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16399 and mission loading lists identifies the crew as:

Lt Col J. Russell, Jr     p
F/O Leo Griketas    c-p
2 Lt Roy P. Stealey     nav
2 Lt Charles B. Woerhle    bomb
SSgt Charles T. Eaton    eng/tt gun
TSgt James E. Welk     r/o
TSgt Wayne I. Baldwin     btg
SSgt Nahannie Bader     lwg
SSgt Maurice A. McLaughlin    rwg
SSgt Frederick D. Williams, Jr.  tail gun

Sgts Welk, Baldwin, and Bader were all killed. The remaining members of the crew were captured. Welk has no known grave site; the other two are buried in the Brittany American Cemetery at St. James, France.

Some loading lists and references list an additional crew member ( Lt C.F. Russell) as the pilot. He does not appear on all lists, so it could be this is a regularly assigned pilot that did not fly this mission or else a mistaken version of Col. Russell's name. There is no record of Lt Russell as a POW.

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