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|396th Fighter Squadron Photo Album Page A-C
396th FS Commanding Officer
|LTC Frank Perego & Dennis Crisp
|Austin Carr &
|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.
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|Along with the
Silver Star, John Baer
was awarded 3 DFC's
20 Air Medals during his
1943 & today
1st Lt. John L. Carter
MACR #6486, Shot down by
flak near Torngny, France.
Cemetery: Mount Evergreen,
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)