Baldwin, William Lester, Jr., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1036-Navigator-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1036, 392nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Baltimore, Maryland
Last Address
RAF Wendling, Norfolk, England

Casualty Date
Nov 04, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Netherlands, Netherlands
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Air Force392nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1036, 578th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1036, 392nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1944-1944, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
2nd Lt. William Baldwin flew as a navigator with the 578th Bomb Squadron, 392nd Bomb Group. He was stationed at RAF Wendling (USAAF Station 118). He flew his 1st mission on August 1944 over Whittmundhafen aboard B-24 (# 764).

He flew 20 missions. His last mission was with this unit aboard the "American Beauty".  He was killed during a bombing raid over Misberg, Germany (Mission #194) in a force of 32 air crews. His ship, (aircraft # 42-95293) was last seen with its # 2 engine on fire, but going down under control. The Germans found the aircraft with 5 men dead and took 4 men as POW. The dead were interred in German military cemetery at Limmer-Hannover.


1st Lt. Haydon H. Clifford, pilot (POW)
2nd Lt. Robert F. Benz, co-pilot (KIA)
2nd Lt. William L. Baldwin, navigator (KIA)
F/O James A. Melton (KIA)
TSgt. Maurice J.P. Patterson, radio operator (POW)
SSgt. Arnold V. Nilsen, flight engineer (POW)
SSgt. Robert W. Plude, waist gunner (POW)
SSgt. Lewis E. Kuykendall, waist gunner (KIA) (also listed as Lewis W.)
SSgt. Charles J. Rogers, tail gunner (KIA)

His name is on the Tablet of the Missing, Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands.
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(Gravemarker in Netherlands) (photo of aircraft)

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