Baggs, Joseph William

Individual Personnel Data
Name Baggs, Joseph William
Rank Second Lieutenant / Major
Serial Number O-735155
Unit Assignments
  • Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group Headquarters Detachment, per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #70 dated 11 March 1943
  • Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #129, effective 27 October 1943.
  • Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group Headquarters Detachment, per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #12, effective 18 January 1944.
Duty Bombardier
MOS1035 - Bombardier
Last Duty Date 11 October 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Group Bombardier.
  • Graduated from Bombardier School at Williams Field, Mesa, Arizona AAF, Class #43-01, 2 January 1942.
  • Placed on Temporary Duty (R&R) for seven days on or about 28 August 1943 to Stanbridge Earls, Hampshire (a Flak House) per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #83 dated 27 August 1943.
  • VOCO of 5 November 1943 placing 1LT Baggs on Temporary Duty for approximately two days on or about 5 November 1943 to 8th Bomber Command, purpose Official Business is hereby confirmed and made of record per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #151 dated 23 November 1943.
  • Detailed as Group Bombardier of the 384th Bomb Group vice CAPTAIN CHARLES D. BONNETT, O-727080, AC, relieved per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #12 dated 18 January 1944.
  • Granted an eight day leave of absence effective on or about 22 March 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #47 dated 11 March 1944.
  • Placed on three days Temporary Duty to AAF Station 101 on or about 8 April 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #66 dated 7 April 1944.
  • Placed on one day Temporary Duty to London on 1 July 1944, purpose Official Business per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #125 dated 30 June 1944.
  • Granted a seven day leave of absence effective 6 August 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #150 dated 28 July 1944.
  • Placed on approximately two days Temporary Duty to AAF Station 586 on or about 31 July 1944, purpose ORS Activities per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #153 dated 31 July 1944.
  • Ordered on approximately two days Temporary Duty to London on or about 22 August 1944, purpose Official Business per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #169 dated 22 August 1944.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Original 384th Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Koch, William S, "Willie"PilotTR
2nd Lt. Wollenweber, Herman, JrCo-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Knowling, Edward JohnsonNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Baggs, Joseph WilliamBombardierCT
S/SGT. Davis, Preston AllenRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Turlington, Howard JoeEngineer / Top Turret GunnerEV
S/SGT. Wolven, William DavidBall Turret GunnerKIA
S/SGT. Martin, BurniaTail GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Ordaz, Armando NoriegaFlexible GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Rogers, Marion ColemanFlexible GunnerKIA


Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 27 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
1 22 June 1943 Target: General Motors Truck Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Bombardier 42‑5852 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
2 25 June 1943 Target: Industrial Area & Submarine Pens
Type: Military
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑5852 Combat Mission Credit
Bombed primary target on wing lead.
Sortie Report
4 28 June 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger, France
Bombardier 42‑5852 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
5 29 June 1943 Target: duNord Aircraft Works, Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Bombardier 42‑5852 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
6 4 July 1943 Target: Gnome et Rhone Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Le Mans, France
Bombardier 42‑5852 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
7 10 July 1943 Target: Drucat Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Abbeville, France
Bombardier 42‑5852 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
8 14 July 1943 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Bombardier 42‑5852 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
9 24 July 1943 Target: Aluminum & Magnesium Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Herøya, Norway
Bombardier 42‑5852 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
15 15 August 1943 Target: Poix-en-Picardie and Amiens-Glisy Airfields
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Poix-de-Picardie & Amiens, France
Bombardier 42‑5852 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
16 16 August 1943 Target: Le Bourget Airport & Air Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Bombardier 42‑5852 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
17 17 August 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Bombardier 42‑3429 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
21 6 September 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Bombardier 42‑5852 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy. Landed away at Hornchurch, Essex, due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
22 7 September 1943 Target: Bruxelles-Evere Airfield/Repair Depot
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Bombardier 42‑29768 Aborted mission after taking off.
Sortie Report
33 20 October 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Düren, Germany
Bombardier 42‑5838 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
36 16 November 1943 Target: Knaben II Molybdenum Mine
Type: Industry
Location: Knaben, Norway
Bombardier 42‑3429 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
49 4 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Bombardier 42‑37848 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
53 14 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Meillard, France
Bombardier 42‑3440 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
94 24 April 1944 Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97514 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy. PFF aircraft and unidentified crew members supplied by 305th BG.
Sortie Report
118 28 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Bombardier 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Group Lead.
Sortie Report
144 22 June 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Lille (Fives district), France
Bombardier 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
164 24 July 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: La Chapelle en Juger & Hébécrevon, France
Bombardier 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report
191 10 September 1944 Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship; wing lead. Air commander is Lt. Col. Calhoun Wing Leader, 41st CBW HQ.
Sortie Report
194 13 September 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97986 Combat Mission Credit
41st A Combat Wing lead; PFF ship.
Sortie Report
196 19 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship; wing lead.
Sortie Report
201 28 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Bombardier 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship. Landed away in Brussels due to flak damage.
Sortie Report
205 5 October 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Bombardier 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead.
Sortie Report
207 7 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Observer 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead. PFF ship.
Sortie Report
209 11 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Bombardier 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
First Squadron deputy. Gee-H ship.
Sortie Report

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