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James Cornelius Baart


Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (8OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).


Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24619 S-for-Sugar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-S] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; 52m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11-Jan- 44 with Tom Simmons, Co-pilot: Fred Reichel, Navigator: Bill Clyatt, Bombardier: Dick Vaughan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Born Decatur, MI 10 June 1912

Son of Ada Marie Baart.

Enlisted Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, CA 24 February 1942

Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California

Based Molesworth 1943 – August 1943

Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Duchesne, UT 27 May 1978
Buried Strawberry Cemetery Duchesne, Duchesne County, UT June 1978

Strawberry Cemetery
Duchesne County, Utah


Date Contributor Update
12 May 2022 18:59:07 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, role, biography, awards, events, place associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 21:22:33 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and aircraft associations

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:10 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster