|Birth: ||Sep. 12, 1917|
|Death: ||Nov. 21, 1988|
Birthdate per Ancestry.com
Printed in the Houston Times Post dated November 30 1988
Robert Lee Baird, age 71, died Monday, November 21 1988 at his home in West Point. Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 23 at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel. Special music was provided by Mrs. Barbara Taylor. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point with the Rev. Richard Hunter officiating.
The son of the late O E Baird and the late Lizzie Jane Breland, he was formerly of Houston having lived in West Point since 1960. He was a retired service manager for Bishop Chevrolet Company, later Larry White Chevrolet Company and a retired employee of Clark Manufacturing. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of West Point and was a Veteran of World War II, having served in the U S Air Force. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross for Bravery during WWII.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Shirley Fay Frazier Baird of West Point; one daughter, Mrs. Zandra B Younger of Memphis, Tennessee; five sons, Robert Lee Baird, Jr. of Ramona, California, Larry F Baird of Columbus and Robert Michael Baird, Danny Paul Baird and Timothy Baird, all of West Point; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Jordan of Charleston, West Virginia and Mrs. Willie Maude Cox of Houston; two brothers, Everett Baird and Hubert Baird, both of Houston and 10 grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bo Burgess, John Barron, Vernon Clark, Billy Pate, Evans Baird and Murdell Baswell.
Calvert Funeral Home of West Point was in charge of arrangements.
T/Sgt. Robert Lee Baird DFC
Hometown: Houston, Miss.
Squadron: 330th BS 93rd Bomb Group
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters
Command Pilot Major H. Delbert Hahn DFC
Target; Low level mission to destroy Rumanian Oil Fields at Ploesti.
Mission Date : 1-Aug-43
Serial Number: 41-23661
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter: U
Aircraft Name: BLACK JACK
Location: 10 Diverted to Sicily.
Cause: Crew OF 10 Returned to duty.
Command Pilot Delbert H. Hahn and crew of BLACK JACK flew "Operation Tidal Wave" one of the most daring raids of WW2. Coming in at tree top level the 98th BG destroy Rumanian oil refineries. Sgt. Baird was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross for his valor and heroism.
Osma Everette Baird (1888 - 1975)
Lizzie Jane Breland Baird (1889 - 1971)
Shirley Faye Frazier Baird (1923 - 2007)*
Gladys Jette Baird (1908 - 1985)*
Osma Everett Baird (1910 - 1994)*
Willie Maude Baird Cox (1915 - 2009)*
Annie Rebecca Baird Jordan (1917 - 1998)*
Robert Lee Baird (1917 - 1988)
Hubert Lockwood Baird (1923 - 2002)*
Created by: Barbara Wiley Hamby
Record added: Jan 03, 2010
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