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Robert L Baker

Military

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter bombing mission to Evreaux area in P-47 42-76547, last seen strafing trucks in the Beaumont Le Roger area. Shot down 10-Jun-44. Pilot Lt Robert L Baker Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5617.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

Aircraft

  • 42-76547

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter bombing mission to Evreaux area, last seen strafing trucks in the Beaumont Le Roger area. Shot down 10-Jun-44. Pilot Lt Robert L Baker Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5617.

  • 42-8471 'Squint'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Robert L Baker. Transferred to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt James A Wyatt. Re-assigned to Lt John H Cline.

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Johnstown, PA, USA 1922
Lived in Spangler, Northern Cambria, PA 15775, USA 1941
Enlisted Pennsylvania, USA 12 March 1942
Killed in Action (KIA) 27170 Beaumont-le-Roger, France 10 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) fighter bombing mission to Evreaux area in P-47 42-76547, last seen strafing trucks in the Beaumont Le Roger area. Shot down 10-Jun-44. Pilot Lt Robert L Baker Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5617.

Buried 1945
Enlisted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2016 20:08:10 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28623217
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Baker
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Baker%2C+Robert+L

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC, MACR 5617 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5617 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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