PAUL FRANK BAER (1894 - 1930)
(CNAC Fall of 1930 - December 9, 1930)
(Captain - 1930?)

(Photo Courtesy of The Aerodrome)
Click here for more information about Paul Baer's time with the Lafayette Flying Corps.

From Gene Banning's notes of 8/31/00:
"Paul F. Baer was a Lafayette Escadrille (actually, Baer was with the Lafayette Flying Corps) ace of WWI. Hired in the Fall of 1930; killed in Loening crash, 12/9/30 Shanghai."

February 11, 2001

Dear Tom,

In my research on Paul Baer, I could not locate any surviving family members. He had a brother, who may have had children, but I was unable to verify that he did. You might want to contact:

Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society
302 East Berry St.
Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46802
Phone 219-426-2882

They have some material on Baer, including his citations and decorations.

Just to set the record straight, Paul Baer was not a member of the Lafayette Escadrille. There were 38 American pilots in the Squadron, and he was not one of them. The Lafayette Escadrille went out from under French orders on January 1, 1918. Baer joined SPA 124 on 10 January 1918. So he would have been a member of the Lafayette Flying Corps, but not the Lafayette Escadrille. He was never recognized as one of the original group by the survivors of the Squadron. His biography appears in my new book "The Lafayette Flying Corps."

I checked your website and found it most interesting. If you have any other questions, please feel free to email me.

Thank you,

Dennis Gordon

October 29, 2003


I have sent scan of top of footlocker I.D.'d to Lt. P.F. Baer 103rd Sqd. Aef.
As mentioned it recently turned up at local flea market about 15 miles east of Buffalo,NY. Besides the Baer I.D....the decorations include the Souix indian head logo of the Lafayette Flying Corps which became the logo of the 103rd Pursuit Sqdrn. after America entered the war with Germany. The vertical lines crossed thru and totalling "9" are the 9 "kills" Paul Frank Baer had....the U.S. Air Service wings and the wing and prop insignia indicate his pilot status. Lt. Baer was the first U.S. "ace" of WWI and the first air service man to receive the DSC -- to go with the French Legion of Honor and six Croix de Guerres.

The trunk sold for $10.00 in the parking lot and then to me for $50.00 by an aquaintance who bought it originally. The condition was generally poor. Four sides and bottom were 90% surface rust due to storage in a damp area, but the top had something stacked upon it which saved most of the markings from destruction.

Kenny Saj

If you would like to share any information about Paul Baer
or would like to be added to the CNAC e-mail distribution list,
please let the CNAC Web Editor, Tom Moore, know.

Background music to this
page can be controlled here.
"Keep Your Sunny Side Up!"
<bgsound src="keep_your_sunny_side_up_johnny_hamp_1929.mp3" loop=infinite>

Back to CNAC Pilots Page
Back to CNAC Home Page