Come visit us at The Museum of Military Memorabilia. We have thousands of military artifacts from all branches of the Military. The Museum is located in the Naples Municipal Airport which was originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers to train pilots for the pacific theater in WWII.

What has begun as a Museum Honoring Military Aviation in WWII has evolved into so much more. You can now see historical artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War and all the way up to the present day Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts.


2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Naples Airport as a WWII Army Air Forces Training Base.


Col. Owen John Baggett United States Air Force

Col. Owen John Baggett United States Air Force

Owen John Baggett (August 29, 1920 – July 27, 2006) was a second lieutenant in the United States 7th Bomb Group based at Pandaveswar, in India, during the Second World War.

Owen John Baggett was born in Graham, Texas in 1920.  He graduated from Hardin–Simmons University in 1941, where he was the band’s drum major.  He initially went to work on Wall Street after graduation.  But by the following year, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps (now USAF) when the United States entered the war.

A studious man, he graduated from pilot training in just five months and was sent to Burma, flying a B-24 Liberator. What he happened the following year is one of those stories we just described.

Military service

Owen John Baggett enlisted in the Army Air Corps (which was subsumed by the Army Air Forces in February 1942) and graduated from pilot training on July 26, 1942, at the New Columbus Army Flying School.

 

Owen John Baggett

Owen J. Baggett

 

On March 31, 1943, while stationed in British India, Owen John Baggett’s squadron was ordered to destroy a bridge at Pyinmana, Burma. Before reaching their target, the B-24 bombers were intercepted by Japanese fighter planes. Baggett’s plane was badly hit, and the crew were ordered to bail out. The Japanese pilots then attacked U.S. airmen as they parachuted to earth. Two of Baggett’s crew members were killed. Baggett, though wounded, played dead, hoping the Japanese would ignore him.

Owen John Baggett

Japanese Zero

One Zero approached within several feet of Baggett. The pilot then nosed up, almost stalling, and opened his canopy.Baggett shot at the pilot with his .45 caliber pistol. The plane stalled and plunged to the earth, and Baggett became legendary as the only person to down a Japanese airplane with an M1911 pistol.  He survived and was captured by the Japanese. He remained a prisoner for the rest of the war.  Baggett and 37 other POWs were liberated at the war’s end by eight OSS agents who parachuted into Singapore

Baggett was recognized as the only person during the war to shoot down a Zero with a
pistol.

 

Owen John Baggett

Colt .45 cal Pistol / and magazine This is considered the best shot by a Caliber .45 M911 pistol of ALL TIME.

 

Owen J. Baggett

Owen John Baggett

J, Baggett as a much older man

Col. Owen John Baggett United States Air Force
Born August 29, 1920
Graham, Texas
Died July 27, 2006 (aged 85)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Unit 9th Bomb Squadron
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Prisoner of War Medal

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