Frank Baylies

In Glogpedia

by tribeast
Last updated 6 years ago

Social Studies
Historical biographies

Toggle fullscreen Print glog
Frank Baylies

Frank Leaman Baylies was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on September 23, 1895 to Charles S. and Lydia Terry Baylies. Inspiration to join the U.S. Ambulance section in 1916 when Frank heard a minister speak after returning from the Western Front. After joining the Service, he spent most of his time in trenches and was even awarded for his bravery with the Croix de Guerre. He attempted to join the American air services, but was denied because of poor vision. He was accepted by the French Air Services in May of 1917. After rejecting a commision to join the United States Air Service, Baylies was shot down on June 17, 1918 while patroling.


1895 - Birth1916 - Joined the U.S. Ambulance Service1917 - Enlisted in the French Air Force1918 - Killed In Action

Frank Baylies was a natural pilot and gained a reputable combat record. Just a few months out of his training with the French and with supposedly substandard vision, he brought down a German two-seater on a February 18, 1918 to begin his kill streak. By May 31, 1918, he had achieved 12 kills and supposedly 8 unconfirmed victories. A German airmen flew over Allied lines after Baylies' death with a note confirming his death and a burial with full military honors.


"File:Frank Leaman Baylies.jpg." Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2014. . "" First World N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2014. . "Frank Leaman Baylies." Frank Leaman Baylies. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2014. .




"In a letter to Baylies' mother, Major Edmund Gros, Air Service Signal Reserve Corps, wrote:Your son met a glorious death. He was one of the shining lights of our Aviation. He was a soldier without fear and without reproach. You must apply to him the eloquent words spoken in the British Parliament with respect to aviators; you must not turn your mind to sorrow, you must turn it towards all the glory which your son has won and the name which he will leave behind him when the story of this great war is written. He has taken his place by the side of all those heroes who gladly gave up that which is most precious of all, their lives, for the greatest ideal, the happiness of the human race." Courtesy of


    There are no comments for this Glog.