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Donald Arthur Baccus

Military

Assigned to 322FS, 365FG, 1 Fighter Command. Commander 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn 356FG, 8AF USAAF. 116 total missions. ETD.
Transferred to HQ Sqn 359FG, 8AF USAAF. ETD.

June 43-Apr 26 44, to Headquarters; 116 total missions.
Later Commander 359 FG, 8AF. P-47D-5-RE OC-T 42-8568 'The Bloody Shaft'; P51D-15-NA OC-G 44-14993; P-47D-20-RE OC-G 42-76583

Air Ace:13.5 Air; 0 Grd; Total 13.5

Service

Units served with

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 359th Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters (359th Fighter Group)

Aircraft

  • 42-8568 'The Bloody Shaft'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed on takeoff 28 May 44 - Lt. William G Craig.

  • 42-76583

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Col Donald Baccus. Written off after Forced Landing due to Engine Failure Way Farm, Minster, Ramsgate.

Associated Place

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Jamestown, ND, USA 29 April 1916
Assigned Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee, MA 01022, USA April 1943 – June 1943

Assigned to 322FS, 365FG, 8AF USAAF.

Commanded June 1943 – 26 April 1944

Commander 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion March 1944

Promoted to Lt Colonel.

Transferred 26 April 1944 – 10 January 1945

Transferred to HQ Sqn 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 10 January 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Transferred 6 April 1945 – 16 September 1945

Transferred to HQ Sqn 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 16 September 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died Carmichael, CA, USA 28 April 1986
Buried San Bruno, CA, USA May 1986

Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Bruno
San Mateo County
California, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2017 15:23:27 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- ESCORT - 356 FG Assoc data

Date Contributor Update
25 August 2016 14:21:32 Al_Skiff Changes to awards
Sources

http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=709

Date Contributor Update
25 August 2016 14:06:26 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Merged with Duplicate record - Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / ESCORT, 356 FG Assoc data.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Baccus&GSfn=Donald...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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