Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-31673 'Lassie Come Home' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Aircraft was attacked by German fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed at Deiderode, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA) Fighters from IV.(Sturm)/JG 3 attacked the 324th BS from the rear and Baldwin was killed on the first pass. Other crew members in thhe Squadron saw Baldwin's flopping in the wind after the attack. When Lassie Come Home exploded about 12,000 feet above Diederode, the ball broke loose and Baldwin and the ball turret anding in a farm field that was planted in corn. It was three days before the Germans discovered his body because the ball turret had partially buried itself in the soil and because of the growing corn hid him and the ball.
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...
Home of the Memphis Belle
B-17 Flying Fortress
B-17G 42-31673 'Lassie Come Home' was delivered Cheyenne 6-Dec-43; Kearney 17-Dec-43; Harrisburg 8-Jan-44; New Castle 9-Jan-43; Presque Is 11-Jan-44; Prestwick 16-Jan-44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 16-Jan-44; transferred 322BS/91BG [LG-B] Bassingbourn 27...
16 August 1944
Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars.
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...
||Flushing, Queens, NY, USA
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||Deiderode, 37133 Friedland, Germany
||16 August 1944
Killed when aircraft was attacked by German fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed at Deiderode, Germany.