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
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.)
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.