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Ray Gordon Baker

Military

Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 2 kills, 1 damaged. ETD.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME, Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Air Force Long Service Award (4 OLC), Air Force Commendation Medal.

Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korea and rising to the rank of Lt Colonel.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 358th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hendricks, West Virginia 30 October 1917
Lived in Hendricks, WV, USA 1941
Enlisted West Virginia, USA 1942
Returned to unit (RTU) Airport Blvd, Abilene, TX 79602, USA October 1943 – 1 April 1944

Returned to unit from 518FBS, 408FBG

Crashed Airport Blvd, Tampa, FL 33634, USA 10 October 1943

Forced Landing due to Engine Failure Drew AAB, Tampa, FL Cat 3 damage Lt Ray G Baker, 10-Oct-43.

RA-24B 42-34422 - 518FBX 408FBG

Based Steeple Morden 13 July 1944 – 14 May 1945

Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

ASR escort North Sea off Terschelling, Netherlands 26 August 1944

Lost wingman on ASR escort over north sea off Terschelling Holland.

E/A Destroyed x 2 Berlin, Germany 7 December 1944

Claimed two Fw190's destroyed and one damaged.

E/A Damaged Berlin, Germany 7 December 1944

Claimed one Fw190 damaged.

End Tour Duty (ETD) England, UK 14 May 1945
Buried Riverside, CA, USA May 1985

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside
Riverside County
California, USA.

Died California, USA 8 May 1985

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2016 18:29:23 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
http://www.spitfireperformance.com/mustang/combat-reports/355-baker-5dec...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Baker&GSfn=ray&GSm...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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