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.
NARA Enlistment Records
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.