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John Baxter Carder

Date of birth: February 3, 1920
Date of death: October 1, 1961
Place of Birth: Iowa, Red Oak
Home of record: Red Oak Iowa
Status: POW

During World War II, John Carder became a U.S. Army Air Forces ACE, credited with shooting down 7 enemy aircraft in aerial combat. He was shot down on a mission on 12 May 1944, and held as a Prisoner of War. He made two escape attempts, and was successful on his second effort, and returned to his unit. He was killed in an Air Crash between Fayetteville, Arkansas and New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 1, 1961.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) John Baxter Carder (ASN: 0-740364), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a P-51 Mustang Fighter Pilot of the 364th Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in action against the enemy in aerial combat in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. The skillful and zealous manner in which he has sought out the enemy and destroyed him, his devotion to duty and courage under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Battalion: 364th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 357th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) John Baxter Carder (ASN: 0-740364), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a P-51 Mustang Fighter Pilot of the 364th Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in action against the enemy in aerial combat in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. The skillful and zealous manner in which he has sought out the enemy and destroyed him, his devotion to duty and courage under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Battalion: 364th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 357th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

Captain (Air Corps) John Baxter Carder (ASN: 0-740364), United States Army Air Forces, was captured by German forces after he was shot down on 12 May 1944, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his subsequent escape from captivity.

General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 12596

Action Date: May 12, 1944 - Escaped

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Battalion: 364th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 357th Fighter Group

Division: Prisoner of War (Germany)