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George W. Baird Jr.

World War II - U. S. Army Air Force

George W. Baird Jr.
1918 - November 26, 1944
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces - Pilot
Regiment 49th Fighter Squadron, 14th Fighter Group

burial: Plot D Row 3 Grave 16, Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium
Ardennes American Cemetery

Photos from Brian Baird

1st Lt. George W. Baird Jr. with a P-38 Lightning he flew in WWII. He was with the 49th Fighter Squadron based out of Italy.

Presidential Unit Citation

Air Medal Ribbon

Air Medal

Purple Heart

Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster

(1944 news article and photo researched and contributed by: Dean Schaal from his mother's wartime scrapbook)

News Article 
Lt. G. W. Baird
Given Citation

Special in Press-Gazette

SURING, Wis - Lt. George W. Baird Jr., has received the Presidential citation as a member of the 14th Fighter group in Italy. This group was given the citation for shooting down a large number of planes on an escort mission over enemy territory. Lt. Baird, who previously piloted a B-17 was assigned to pilot a P-38 Lightning Fighter, upon his arrival in Italy last May. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Baird, Suring. His wife and son reside in Wausau, Wis.

Name: George W Baird Jr
Home City, State: Wisconsin
Service Number: O-823240
Rank, Service: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Regiment: 49th Fighter Squadron, 14th Fighter Group
War: World War 2
Date of Death: 11-26-1944
Burial Details: Plot D Row 3 Grave 16, Ardennes American Cemetery: Neupre, Belgium
Cemetary Details: Ardennes, Belgium
Awards: Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

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