Pilot of the B-17G 'I'll Get By' shot down at Airan France on 2 Aug 44 on his 28th combat mission. He was KIA along with 6 other members of the crew.
Served in 412th Bomb Squadron, 95th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, United States Army Air Force (412 BS, 95 BG, 8 AF, USAAF)
NARA War Department records list this soldiers Home of Record as Logan County, Kansas...Finding Of Death.
"I'll Get By"
B-17G-55-BO Flying Fortress
412th Bomb Squadron, 95th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force.
Shot down on August 2,1944, all but three crewmembers were killed. Plane was hit in the wing by flak, knocking off the wing tip. The plane veered to left and caught fire, then exploded. They were flying as deputy lead crew for this mission.
Crew on last mission:
Capt. Elmer E. Bockman - command pilot (KIA)
Capt. Robert O. Baber - pilot (KIA)
1stLt. Jasper W. Kaylor - copilot (KIA)
1stLt. Raymond D. Dallas - navigator (KIA)
1stLt. Frank T. Sohn - bombardier (KIA)
T/Sgt. Oscar C. Walrod - engineer/top turret gunner (KIA)
T/Sgt. Robert V. Hill - radio operator (KIA)
S/Sgt. Donald W. Phillips - ball turret gunner (POW)
S/Sgt. Barney Lipkin - waist gunner (POW)
S/Sgt. Walter J. Collyer,Jr. - tail gunner (POW)
Lawrence Oris Baber
birth: 20 February 1876
death: 28 July 1956
Sophia Gilla Fitch
birth: 17 May 1875
death: 4 March 1957
birth: 31 January 1848
death: 4 August 1896
Matilda Elizabeth Brown
birth: 24 July 1852
William H. Fitch
Son of L.O. & Gillas Baber
Born Mentor, Kansas, October 18, 1915
Served in 8th Army Air Corps and
Made Supreme Sacrifice in Caen, France
Sponsored by Ancestry