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Robert Kingsley Baker



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Born Des Moines, IA 4 June 1919
Shot Down/WIA/Captured near Vienna, Austria 13 October 1944

On October 13, 1944, he was pilot of B-24J (S/N: 42-51764 with a crew of 10 on a mission to Vienna, Austria. Upon reaching the target, his plane was hit by flak and 2 engines burst into flame. He and some of the crew were able to bail out before the plane exploded (MACR #9047). He became a Prisoner Of War in Luft-Stalag 1.

He was badly burned while escaping from his aircraft, and was taken to a German military hospital after his capture. He always spoke highly of the treatment he received there, particularly by the German doctor who treated him

POW Barth, Germany 20 October 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft I
(dates are approximate)

Died Chicago, IL 3 September 1972
Buried Des Moines, IA 7 September 1972

Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Plot
Section: Good Shepherd Lot: 97 Grave: 3


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