Bauer, Floyd E., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 359th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
303rd Bomb Group
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Apr 04, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Golden Cemetery - Golden, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)Aerial Gunnery School303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy359th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1942-1942, Aerial Gunnery School
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 359th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
SSgt Floyd E. Bauer was born in Colorado on September 23, 1917. He was the son of Earl Oswald and Estella Nelson Bauer. According to his NARA enlistment form, he enlisted as a private in the Air Corps on March 14, 1942. He had completed 2 years of college (unnamed,) and was a salesman of stocks and bonds.

After basic training, he was selected for aerial gunnery school. Upon completion of the course, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the 359th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group, undergoing overseas training at Biggs Field, Texas. Here, he was assigned as an original crew member on the combat crew led by Lt. Ercil F. Eyster. When the unit deployed to England in October, 1942, the crew flew their B-17 across the Atlantic Ocean to Molesworth, England.

SSgt Bauer was dispatched on 11 missions and received credit for 8 of these, all with the Eyster crew. Three were abortive sorties. On April 4, 1943, the unit was dispatched to bomb the Renault Motor Works, just outside Paris, France.

Enemy aircraft, reported to be 40-50 in number, staged 14 attacks on the formation. In one of these attacks the B-17 of Eyster's crew was shot down and crashed near Rouen, France. There were 6 KIA; the remaining 4 crew members were captured.

There is no record of an overseas burial for SSgt Bauer; however, there is a gravestone in the Golden Cemetery in Golden, Colorado for him.
NARA Enlistment Records


SSgt Bauer was acting as the tail gunner on B-17F #41-24609, nicknamed "Holy Mackeral," and assigned to the 359th Bomb Squadron.

Mission loading lists, along with Missing Air Crew Report 15069, identifies the complete crew as:

1 Lt Ercil F. Eyster     p
2 Lt Fred H. Hayward     c-p
2 Lt John D. Shanks    nav
SSgt Marcus K. Davis     bomb
TSgt Harold J. Dunham     eng/tt gun
Sgt  Edmund R. Thornton     r/o
Sgt  Eugene A.B. Nicosia    btg
Sgt  George T. Martin    lwg
TSgt Robert C. Altizer   rwg
SSgt Floyd E. Bauer    tail gun

Davis, Thornton, Alitzer, and Martin were the surviving crew members.

In the crew photo, the enlisted members of the crew are identified as to rank and position, but not in order of appearance. As an original member of the crew, SSgt Bauer is in the photo, but position is unknown.

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