Bauman, Adolph G., 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
1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
Ceginola, Italy

Casualty Date
Jan 11, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 79, Site 434-436

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Adolph G. Bauman was born in New Jersey in 1923, according to his enlistment papers. No census data or accounts of his early life have been located.

Bauman enlisted on October 1, 1942 as a private in the Army Air Forces at Newark, New Jersey. His documents state he had completed 3 years of high school, and was a machinist.

He was selected for flight duty, and trained as an aerial gunner. After this course, he was assigned to a bomber unit in North Africa. Traditional awarding of Air Medals, he flew at least 40 missions.

On January 11, 1944, he was part of a mission to bomb the harbor facilities located in Piraeus, Greece. Severe weather conditions were encountered as the formation neared the target. The skies were 10/10, the winds became excessive, and icing on wings and engines started. Two of the lead aircraft aborted, but turned across the path of the second elements.

In the weather conditions where visibility was limited, 4 B-17s collided and crashed, killing many of the crewmen aboard. The dead were evidently recovered and buried locally because many were retrieved and buried in cemeteries throughout the world after the war. SSgt Bauman and 7 of his crew mates, along with a great number of other airmen killed that day, were laid to rest in a mass common grave in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Missouri. The grave site is in Section 79, Site 434-436.

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SSgt Adolph G. Bauman was the ball turret gunner on B-17G # 42-31396, not named, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

A crew listing was made from the Missing Air Crew Report 1833, issued for this loss, because a loading list was not included. The crew was:

1 Lt Joseph S. Dunbar  p
Cpt Homer G. Mills, Jr.  c-p
2 Lt Reed W. Dean  nav
1 Lt Charles R. Glenn bomb
SSgt Don E. Brundage  eng/tt gun
TSgt Hilary F. Helsabeck  r/o
SSgt Adolph G. Bauman  btg
SSgt Ward V. Phillips  wg
SSgt Loren C. Bowns  tail gunner

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

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