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David Kieth Baumeister


On DS (detached service) for operational training. Flew four missions with the 335th Fighter Squadron.

Awards: DFC, AM (13OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Adam Zawadzki

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Aircraft Armorer | 365th Fighter Group

Units served with

  • 365th Fighter Group

    365th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in December 1943 as part of the Ninth Air Force. Flying P-47s, the Group took part in missions over northern France designed to weaken Germany's ability to repulse the planned Allied invasion of summer 1944. After the...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • 388th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-7901

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-10-RE 42-7901 was assigned to the 353FG/352FS at Metfield, UK. On 6-Sep-43 the aircraft, piloted by F/O Earl W. Perry, Jr. was despatched on a mission to escort bombers making an attack on Stuttgart, Germany. F/O Perry's flight was attacked by...

  • 42-74726 "Hell's Belle"

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 335FS, 5FG, 8AF USAAF. One time personal aircraft of 2nd Lt Charles F Anderson. Anderson claimed a Bf 109 destroyed and a second damaged while flying this aircraft on 30 January 1944. Transferred to 509FS 405FG 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-7968

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 366FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-28276 The Shawnee Kid

    P-47 Thunderbolt

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Gosfield

    Military site : airfield
    First used as an airfield during the First World War, when known as Royal Flying Corps/RAF Sible Hedingham, it was built as Gosfield for the Eighth Air Force and then Ninth Air Force in 1942-43. Home to first the 365th Fighter Group, then the 397th...

  • Juvincourt

    Military site : airfield

  • Bretigny

    Military site : airfield

  • Azeville

    Military site : airfield

  • Chievres

    Military site : airfield

  • Aachen

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Freeport, IL 61032, USA 9 June 1921

Son of G F Baumeister.

Lived in Shawano, WI 54166, USA 16 February 1942

201 N. Franklin Street

Assigned to the 365th FG Dover Army Airfield, Delaware September 1943
Aerial Victory in the vicinity of Flers, France 18 July 1944

1 - Bf 109

Died Dayton, OH, USA 27 February 1949

Baumeister died in the crash of F-51H (P-51H) 44-64700 three miles east of Dayton, OH

Buried Forest Hill Cemetery Madison, Dane County, WI 2 March 1949

Forest Hill Cemetery
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Sec 35 Tier H Gr 11


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