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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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