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 Paul Frank Baer

Paul Frank Baer

Birth
Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA
Death 9 Dec 1930 (aged 36)
Shanghai, Shanghai Municipality, China
Burial Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA
Plot Section H, Plot 13
Memorial ID 6159 · View Source
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World War I Aviator. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he is noted for being the first flying ace in US Military aviation history. In February 1917, he joined the Lafayette Flying Corps France and was assigned to Spa80 Flying Squadron. By the time the US Army Air Service entered the war, he was a 1st Lieutenant when he transferred to the 103rd Pursuit Squadron. He scored his first air victory in March 11, 1918 and alone attacked a group of seven enemy pursuit planes, destroying one which crashed to the ground near the French lines northeast of Reims. By April 23, 1918, he scored his fifth victory to become the first American ace of the US Army Air Service. During a mission at Armentieres, on May 22, 1918, he scored his ninth victory but was then shot down and captured by the Germans. Taken prisoner by the Germans, he remained a POW until after the armistice ending the war. In February 1919, he returned to his hometown and received a hero's welcome. His post war service included a position as a test pilot for an aeronautical lab, inspector for the Department of Commerce, plus later he flew to South America and assisted in establishing an air mail service. He died at age 33 when his aircraft crashed landed at Shanghai, China.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 22 Aug 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6159
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Paul Frank Baer (29 Jan 1894–9 Dec 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6159, citing Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .