Baird, Robert Abner, Maj

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1321P-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 1321P, 551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing
Service Years
1942 - 1966
Officer Collar Insignia
Major

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Home State
Utah
Utah
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Provo
Last Address
Otis AFB, Massachusetts

Date of Passing
Nov 11, 1966
 
Location of Interment
Orem City Cemetery - Orem, Utah
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Line of Duty

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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


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In the Line of Duty
  1966, In the Line of Duty


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Last Known Activity
PROFILE INCOMPLETE: Details of service in WWII, Korea and subsequent needed.

Major Robert Baird entered the Army Air Corps on 16 May 1942.  He had attended both Utah State and Brigham Young  prior to his enlistment. During WWII, he served as a transport plane pilot over "The Hump" in the China-Burma-Inda Theater, serving overseas from 23 August 1945 until 25 January 1946. He left the service 3 April 1946. 

He  returned to active duty during the Korea War, remaing active until his death in 1966..

In 1966, He was the aircraft commander on EC-121H "Constellation" (#55-5262) based at Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts, flying radar operations between Labrador and Bermuda.  At that time, he was serving with the 961st Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron, 551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing.

On 11 November 1966, he and 18 crew were killed in the crash of the aircraft 125 miles off Nantucket, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The aircraft was lost 40 minutes after takeoff, possibly due to engine problems. It crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, as it was seen by fishing craft, ditching and then exploding leaving "only a widening oil slick and a few bits of floating debris marked the spot of the crash. Recovered were pieces of aircraft skin and insulation, a seat with a cushion, and three empty life preservers. Air Force officials identified them as from the missing plane."

Those lost:

961st Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron:
Major Robert A. Baird (Aircraft Commander)
1st Lt. Richard E. Hoppe
1st Lt. Larry D. Rucker
1st Lt. Edward W. Taylor
MSgt. Armand H. DiBonadventura
MSgt. Clarence D. Hendrickson
MSgt. John J. Nerolich
MSgt. Robert A. Thibodeau
TSgt. Arthur J. Lambert
SSgt. Lawrence E. McNeill
SSgt. James R. Pater
SSgt. Robert J. Simmons
A2C Robert P. Kay
A2C Larry L. Stoner

551st Electronic Maintenance Squadron:
SSgt. Robert Sparks
A1C Joseph F. Adamick, Jr.
A1C James D. Rogers
A1C David N. Bailey
A2C James D. Wilbur

Major Baird left a wife and eight children at his passing, five still at home in Massachusetts at that time.
   
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  1966-1966, 1321P, 551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing

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 551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing Details

551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing
Type
Combat - Command Element
Existing/Disbanded
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Parent Unit
Air Force Wings
Strength
Wing
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13 Members Also There at Same Time
551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing

Guenet, Joseph (Leo), Lt Col, (1955-1985) 153 1531C Lieutenant Colonel
Fortman, David, Capt, (1959-1968) 153 1535F Captain
Fotheringham, William, MSgt, (1947-1967) A07 AAF MOS 737 Master Sergeant
Westfall, Robert, SMSgt, (1957-1980) 301 30172 Technical Sergeant
Justice, Jeff, SSgt, (1964-1971) 303 30372 Staff Sergeant
Reeves, James, CMSgt, (1957-1985) 293 29352E Staff Sergeant
Rudolph, Ernest, Sgt, (1966-1969) 276 27630 Sergeant
Cleveland, Marc, Sgt, (1965-1969) 300 30050 Airman 1st Class
Hicks, William, A2C, (1964-1968) 303 30352 Airman 2nd Class
Getchell, Paul Everett, Lt Col, (1961-1969) Captain
Lambert, Arthur Joseph, CMSgt Technical Sergeant
Oliver, David, CMSgt, (1958-1985) Sergeant
Oliver, David, CMSgt, (1958-1985) Sergeant
Lenkner, Albert C., A2C, (1962-1966) Airman 2nd Class

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