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Walter Baron

Military

Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Rechlin, Germany in P-51B 'Peabody's Pet' 42-106854. Aborted near Rostock with engine running roughly and made for Sweden. Interned in Sweden. 25-Aug-44. MACR 7948.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF till 1962, serving in Korea and rising to the rank of Captain.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 364th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106854 ''Peabody's Pet''

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Walter Baron. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Rechlin, Gemany. Aborted near Rostock with engine running roughly and made for Sweden. Interned in Sweden....

Associated Place

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Connecticut, USA 20 November 1920
Lived in Grosvenor Dale, Thompson, CT 06255, USA 1941
Enlisted Connecticut, USA 13 January 1942
Crashed Airport Blvd, Bartow, FL 33830, USA 17 July 1943

Take Off Accident due to Engine Failure Bartow AAF, Florida Cat 5 damage Lt Walter Baron, 17-Jul-43.

P-51A 43-6117 - 56FS 54FG.

Based Leiston 12 December 1943 – 25 August 1944

Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Leiston IP16, UK 2 May 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Interned (INT) Lomma, Sweden 25 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Rechlin, Germany in P-51B 'Peabody's Pet' 42-106854. Aborted near Rostock with engine running roughly and made for Sweden. Interned in Sweden. 25-Aug-44. MACR 7948.

Buried Riverside County, CA, USA November 1985

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside
Riverside County
California, USA

Died California, USA 11 November 1985

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2017 03:33:33 edsbaron Changes to nickname
Sources

My uncle Walter was always known as Wally to family and friends.

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2016 15:32:49 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Baron
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=7948
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Baron%2C+Walter
https://www.fold3.com/page/623267809_walter_baron%20%20(1920)/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Baron&GSfn=Walter&...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7948 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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