BiographyBaumler, Albert John (“Ajax”); b. April 17, 1914, Bayonne, New Jersey; Pilot; Prior military service in the US Army Airforce, had failed out of pilot's training program; Single; Pilot; No party affiliation; Received Passport# 357328 on December 14, 1936 which listed his address as 43 Myrtle Avenue, Trenton, New Jersey; Arrived in Spain on December 24, 1936; Served with the Republican Airforce; Returned to the US on August 26, 1937 aboard the Empress of Britainnia docking in Canada before flying into the US; After returning he rejoined the US Army Air Force in 1938; WWII volunteered for for Claire Chenault's American Volunteer Group but was delayed and did not arrive until after Pearl Harbor; In 1942 the American Volunteer Group was absorbed into the US Army Airforce and Baumler was reinstated as an officer pilot rising to the rank of Major; after the war he was reduced to the rank of Sergeant; Later served in the Korean War; He retired in 1965 with his wartime rank of Major; d. August 2, 1973, Waco, Texas; buried in Georgetown Cemetery, near Pottsboro, Texas, Baumler military awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross (with oak leaf cluster), Air Medal, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, American Defense Service Medal (with foreign service star), American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 3 campaign stars), World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal (with 2 campaign stars), Air Force Longevity Service Award (with 6 oak leaf clusters), Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, and United Nations Korean Service Medal, and was rated a Senior Pilot.
Source: Scope of Soviet Activity; John Carver Edwards, Airmen Without Portfolio, Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 1997; L-W Tree Ancestry; Find-a-Grave#41552959. Code A
Photograph: Albert John “Ajax” Baumler. Photograph from Jan Josef Safarik website; and L-W Tree Ancestry.