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Robert J Baird


Assigned to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. EOW.

Awards: AM (7OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 435th Fighter Squadron


  • 44-14392 'Apple Knocker'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-11162

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major John G Glover.

Associated Place

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...


Event Location Date
Lived in Naches, WA 1943
Crashed N Airport Dr, Perry, FL 32348, USA 15 June 1944

Landing Accident Perry AAF, Perry, Florida Cat 5 damage Lt. Robert J Baird, 15-Jun-44.

P-40N 43-24565 - 342BU

Based Wattisham 8 September 1944 – May 1945

Assigned to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Wattisham, Ipswich IP7, UK 8 November 1944

Take Off Accident Wattisham/Sta 377 Cat 3 damage Lt. Robert J Baird, 8-Nov-44.

P-51D10 44-11162 - 435FS 479FG 8AF

Promotion Wattisham, Ipswich IP7, UK 29 December 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

End of War Europe May 1945


Date Contributor Update
13 June 2022 08:48:02 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2016 10:00:49 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Unit roster in THE 479th FIGHTER GROUP Ref D790.G479

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2016 16:13:21 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:34 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list