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2LT Thomas G. Baum

2LT Thomas G. Baum

Birth
Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 5 Dec 1943 (aged 23)
Saint-Nazaire, Departement de la Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France
Burial Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section 2, Site #683
Memorial ID 46649527 · View Source
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Thomas G. Baum served as a Flight Officer (2nd Lieutenant) in the 566th Bombardment Squadron, 389th Bombardment Group, United States Army Air Forces during World War II.

He was a son of George John Baum and Hilda Agatha (Risbon) Baum.

He was killed in action in Paimboeuf, Saint-Nazaire, France on December 5, 1943 when his B-24 was shot down.

He was originally from Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Lt. Baum was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross for his participation in the Ploesti raid, "Operation Tidal Wave," on August 1, 1943. Flying Co-Pilot on the "Little Gramper" with Pilot, Lt. Dieterle, the mission was one of the most daring raids of World War II. Coming in at tree-top level, the "Sky Scorpions" destroyed the Steaua Romana oil refinery. The refinery would not produce oil again for six months. After the mission, they successfully returned to Benghazi.

Additional details of the aircraft and crew Lt. Baum was lost on December 5, 1943:

Co-pilot: 2nd Lieutenant Baum, Thomas G.
Target Cognac, France
Squadron: 566th Bomb Squadron, 389th Bomb Group
Pilot: 1st Lieutenant Harley B. Mason
Missing Air Crew Report Details:
USAAF MACR#: 2351
Date Lost: 5 December 1943
Serial Number: 42-40738
Aircraft Model: B-24D-90-CO
Aircraft Letter: J-
Aircraft Name: Oklahoman
Location: Crashed at Paimboeuf, France
Cause: AA, Direct Hit
Notes: See Mighty Eighth War Diary for picture of the Oklahoman

He was interred in the Gettysburg National Cemetery on October 27, 1949.

NOTE: Many thanks to Find A Grave member John Dowdy for providing the Missing Air Crew Report on the crash of Lt. Baum's aircraft, and also for the nice photo of the "Oklahoman."

NOTE: Many thanks to Find A Grave member Dolores Maxwell for providing information on the places of birth and death for Thomas Baum.


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THOMAS C
BAUM
PENNSYLVANIA
FLIGHT OFFICER
389 AAF BOMB GP
WORLD WAR II
NOVEMBER 9 1920
DECEMBER 5 1943

Gravesite Details Section 2, Row 1, Position 37

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  • Created by: Karl Stelly
  • Added: 13 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46649527
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Thomas G. Baum (9 Nov 1920–5 Dec 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46649527, citing Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Karl Stelly (contributor 47103588) .