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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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16.07.1942 No. 111 Squadron R.C.A.F. Kittyhawk I AL166 LZ-O Fl/Sgt. Baird loss

Operation: Patrol (West coast Air defence)

Date: 16th July 1942 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 111 Squadron R.C.A.F.

Type: Curtiss Kittyhawk I

Serial: AL166

Code: LZ-O

Base: Elmendorf Field, Anchorage, Alaska

Location: Aleutian Islands

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Gordon Douglas Baird R/95331 R.C.A.F. Age 22. Killed (1)

REASON FOR LOSS:

On patrol to combat the threat of the Japanese who had occupied the island of Kiska in the Aleutian Islands.

This area is renowned for very fast moving fog and this caused the accidents of the 5 Kittyhawk's this day. All pilots were killed. 

              

              Fl/Sgt. Gordon Douglas Baird - pictured during training. (Source unknown)

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Ottawa War memorial, Canada (C.W.G.C.)


Burial Details:

Fl/Sgt. Gordon Douglas Baird. No named grave - Ottawa War memorial. Son of James H. and Sarah A. Baird, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.





                         

(1) His younger brother was also killed later on in 1945 on a bombing mission in Germany - both have geographical features named after them, Baird Bay and Baird Island in Manitoba, Canada.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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