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Addison E Baker

Military

Commanding Officer 17-May-1943 to -August 1943. Killed in Action (KIA) during Ploesti raid, 1 August 1943. Held formation as lead for 93rd BG after B-24 42-40994 'Hell's Wench' had been damaged.

MOH/ SS/ DFC/ AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

Service

Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • Headquarters (93rd Bomb Group)

Aircraft

  • 42-40994 'Hells Wench'

    B-24 Liberator
    On August 1, 1943, the 93d Bomb Group, one of three from the Eighth Air Force sent to the Ninth Air Force especially for this mission, took to the air at Benghazi, Libya. Piloting Hell's Wench, a B-24 Liberator (Serial 42-40994), Lt Col Addison Earl...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B24Ds that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, Illinois 1 January 1907
Died 1 August 1943
Buried

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Florence American Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2014 20:15:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 9-Nov-2014: CO informration: http://www.usaaf.com/8thaf/bomber/93bg.HTM; Decoration/Commemoration: American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Freeman, MOH Citation

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