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William H Baker Jr

Military

Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, Probable Fw190 26-4-41, Destroyed Fw190 31-7-41
transferred to 336FS 15-9-42, shot down 26 September 1942 near Morlaix, France in Spitfire 1X BS 446. Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

Units served with

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...

  • 8th Air Force

Aircraft

  • BS446

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BS446 Mk IX, Built at Eastleigh. First flew 11-9-42. ...

  • EN834

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire EN834 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • BL492

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL492 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command 133 SQ. RAF

    26 September 1942
    14 aircraft and pilots took off from Great Sampford for Bolthead, Devonshire, landing there at 1230 hours. At 1350 hours and after a very sketchy briefing, 12 aircraft of the Squadron took off together with 401 with orders to make rendezvous with a...

Associated Place

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Texas, USA
Joined RAFVR 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Assigned Biggin Hill, London SE19 3HY, UK 1941 – 15 September 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

E/A Probable Calais, France 26 April 1941

Probable Fw190 26-4-41.

E/A Destroyed Calais, France 31 July 1941

Destroyed Fw190 31-7-41.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 15 September 1942 – 26 September 1942

Transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF 15-9-42.

Killed in Action (KIA) Morlaix, France 26 September 1942

Shot down by anti-aircraft fire. His remains were never recovered.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2015 16:36:57 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3501

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2014 19:26:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and place associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Nov-2014. Added KIA event and Burial info,

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2014 17:26:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Oct-2014. Connection to mission within web-site data.

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2014 20:43:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to awards
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Oct-2014. American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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