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Joseph W Baggs


Flew with the 384th BG from March '43 to November '44. He was recalled into service during the Korean War and reached the rank of Lt. Col. Flew 28 missions.

Original Crew #19 Group Bombardier

DFC w 1/Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster. Pres. Unit Citation w 1/Oak Leaf Cluster and many other ribbons


Units served with


  • 42-29768 'Winsome Winn II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salina 5/3/43; Gulfport 31/3/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-G] Alconbury 9/4/43 WINSOME WINN; Framlingham 12/5/43; 4m, battle damaged Lorient 17/5/43 with W. Thomas; crash landed Southern UK, (10 Returned to...

  • 42-31484 'Mairsy Doats'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Kearney 10/12/43; Presque Is 14/12/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-F] Grafton Underwood 20/1/44; 546BS [BK-F]; battle damaged Gerolstein 27/12/44, crash landed Manston; 9KIA; Salvaged 28/12/44. MAIRSY DOATS.

  • 42-3429 'Flak House'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/6/43; Kearney 20/7/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-F] Grafton Underwood 11/8/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 8/6/44; Returned to the USA 19/6/44, then LU RTO A6F Phillips 29/11/44. FLAK HOUSE.

  • 42-3440 'Broadway Rose'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/6/43; Dow Fd 29/7/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-B] Grafton Underwood 6/6/43; transferred Azon/Aphrodite duties, Knettishall 8/6/44; Salvaged n/battle damaged 25/5/45. BROADWAY ROSE.

  • 42-37848 "SISSY"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/9/43; Gr Island 30/9/43; Assigned 447BG Rattlesden 8/10/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-E] Grafton Underwood 18/10/43; Missing in Action Augsburg 16/3/44 with George Steir, Co-pilot: Harry Bertram, Navigator: Ralph Harvey,...

  • 42-5838 Mad Money II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 13/3/43; Denver 20/3/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 2/5/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-P] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; Missing in Action Keil 4/1/44 with Bill Kaczaraba, Co-pilot: Myron Morgan, Navigator: Marvin Horsky, Bombardier:...

  • 42-5852

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 22/3/43; Sioux City 15/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Dow Fd 20/5/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-T] Grafton Underwood 24/5/43; battle damaged Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Edmund Goulder, Co-pilot: Ernie Boyce (546bs), Navigator: Julius Schwartz ...

  • 42-97514

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 7/12/43; Cincinnati 12/1/44; Morrison 26/1/44; Assigned 482BG Alconbury 29/1/44; transferred 422BS/305BG [JJ-H] Chelveston (H2X) 20/3/44; 482BG Alconbury 6/7/44; 350BS/100BG [LN-P] Thorpe Abbotts 20/5/45; Returned to the USA 1103 BU...

  • 42-97824

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Grenier 3/5/44; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-U] Grafton Underwood 10/5/44; transferred (401BG Deenethorpe 24/5/44); transferred with group to Istres for mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/12/45.

  • 43-38016 LORRAINE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/6/44; Kearney 27/6/44; Grenier 9/7/44; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-R] Grafton Underwood 23/7/44; force landed Ridgewell 2/12/44 with Bob Fisher; transferred with the 384th Bombardment Group (H) to Istres, France for passenger duties...

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Event Location Date
Born 7 August 1920
Transfer 27 October 1943

Transferred from the 547th BS to the 544th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #129 dated 27 October 1943.


Date Contributor Update
03 June 2015 11:01:43 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations and aircraft associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details :from:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 21:51:58 bombercommand Changes to service number

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:35 AAM AAM ingest

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