2/Lt. John E. Bauer
338th FS - 17 August 1944 - 01 September 1944 (Killed in Action)
P-51D 44-13725 "Georgette"
ASN - O-826602
17 August 1944 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
01 September 1944 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 08545
1/Lt. David R. Hailey, Jr. reported: "On 1 September 1944, Lt. John E. Bauer, 0-826602, was flying number 2 position in Acorn Yellow flight on an escort mission to Frankfurt, Germany. I was Acorn Yellow leader. At approximately 4820 degrees N, 0225 degrees E, Yellow flight became separated from Acorn Squadron and proceeded through an overcast on a compass heading of 290 degrees in the Paris area. I received a homing from Oilskin, the 66th Wing Controller, which would bring me over the 'big town', presumably Paris. Shortly thereafter I called my flight, saying that I was going on instruments. Immediately I went into a spin starting at 18,000 feet and pulling out at 10,000 feet, the base of the cloud cover. Lt. Bauer, I am convinced, was with me at the beginning of my spin, but, upon recovering, I found him nowhere in sight. My estimated position at this time was 4850 degrees N, 0200 degrees E. Lt. Bauer did not return from the mission, nor has anything been heard of or from him since."
Lt. Bauer entered service from Pennsylvania. "Georgette", was the name of his airplane. He is buried at Brittany American Military Cemetery, St. James, Manche, France.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble
Lt. Bauer's grave in the American Military Cemetery in Brittany, France.
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