John Braden Baird, S/Sgt, USAAF, 8th AF, 91st Bomb Group, Bassingbourn, B-17 Waist Gunner.
John did a 2 hour and 35 minute Oral History Interview about his time in service for the 8th AFHS-Mn, which is available on DVD. He also has written up some of his 8th AF experiences and missions, which are on the Minnesota's Greatest Generation website at the Minnesota Historical Society. John has also been featured in an MPR article about his grandfather
For more information see his 8th AFHS-MN webpage at
Units served with
The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...
Military site : airfield
Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...