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BG John Baer
USAF Retired
Al Benton
Updated: September 5th, 2011
396th Fighter Squadron Photo Album Page A-C
Dennis Crisp
396th FS Commanding Officer
Dave Boss
Joseph S. Busenbark
KIA/MIA 23Dec44
MACR# 11428 Shot down by FW-190 near
Bleckhausen, Germany
P-47D S/N 42-76482
Cemetery:  Netherlands Wall of the Missing
LTC Frank Perego & Dennis Crisp
Lawrence Cosner
Don Campbell
Austin Carr &
Meredith Henry
07Aug44
Me-109
17Dec44
FW-190
18Dec44
Me-109
23Dec44
FW-190 x 2
23Dec44
FW-190
Dr. Jack E. Cox, MD
396th FS Flight Surgeon
Brigadier General John W. Baer
1943 graduate of West Point
Served as commander 396th FS & Deputy Commander 368th FG during WW2.
BG Baer retired with over 4,000 flying hours.

Click here to read official USAF biography
Along with the
Silver Star, John Baer
was awarded 3 DFC's
&
20 Air Medals during his
WW2 service.
Loyd Baughman
Loyd Baughman
1943 & today
Ross Bedford
Armorer
Chuck Brimmer
1st Lt. John L. Carter
KIA 02July44
MACR #6486, Shot down by
flak near Torngny, France.
P-47D 42-76325
Cemetery:  Mount Evergreen,
Jackson, MI
Howard Carter
Casey
Sammy Curcio
John Corcoleotes
Albert Aquino
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting
the Silver Star to Captain (Air Corps) John W. Baer (ASN: 0-25684), United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action
against the enemy while serving as a Pilot of the 368th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in action on 23 December 1944.
While he was leading a squadron of fighters in the area of Koblenz, Germany, Captain Baer observed a formation of more
than thirty-five FW 190's and ME 109's attacking three boxes of B-26's. Determined to protect the bombers, he directed
his squadron in a vigorous assault upon the enemy; and despite their numerical superiority Captain Baer made repeated
attacks, and by the force of these assaults nullified the enemy mission. By his unusual aerial proficiency Captain Baer
personally accounted for the destruction of two of the thirteen enemy planes destroyed by his squadron.
General Orders: Headquarters, 9th Air Force, General Orders No. 43 (March 6, 1945)