668th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

F/O. Bruce Edward Baxter

Pilot,  T-002090

Killed In Action - Jun 29, 1944

668th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 11-Feb-1922, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California

Entered Military Service: From: Los Angeles County, California

Buried: Brittany American Cemetery, Saint James, France, Plot J Row 5 Grave 18

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On 29 June 1944, Flight Officer Bruce Baxter, with gunners Ssgt Reed L. Enstrom and Ssgt Harold A. Potter, was assigned to a low level mission against St. Hillaire-Vitre railroad junnction in the east of Brittany, France. Their A-20G aircraft received a direct hit by flak over the target and went down in flames. No chutes were seen, but Ssgt Potter did survive and was captured - escaping and returning to his unit. F/O Baxter and Ssgt Enstrom were Killed in Action. This was F/O Baxter's first and last mission.

A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Acrft hit by flak over target area. Left engine was set afire. Acrft stalled and slipped down to the left, Kept burning after crash but did not explode.

One aircraft was hit by enemy fire at St. Lo and was seen to crash northeast of that city. The pilot was Flight Officer Bruce E. Baxter. His two gunners were Sgt. R.L. Ernstrom and Sgt. H.A. Potter. One chute was seen to emerge from the falling plane. All are listed as "Missing in Action." It had been F/O Baxter's first operational mission.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 6192 and Mission # 87

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