42-30772

Delivered Cheyenne 27/7/43; Dyersburg 8/8/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-R] Kimbolton 31/8/43; transferred 323BS/91BG [OR-V] Bassingbourn 23/9/43; Missing in Action Anklam 9/10/43 with Tom Walsh, Co-pilot: Chas Hull, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Jaskiewicz, Radio Operator: George Frank, Ball turret gunner: Harry Goldberger, Waist gunner: T. Frazier, Waist gunner: Bob Robinson, Tail gunner: Dave Baker - body washed up 4/2/44 (8 Killed in Action), Navigator: Harry Cliffe, Bombardier: Jim Fullerton (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Baltic Sea N of Keil, 20 miles from Danish coast. Missing Air Crew Report 895.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 381st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Air base

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

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Failed to Return (FTR)

Germany 9 October 1943 On 9 October, 1943 USAAF attacked aircraft factories in the eastern part of Poland and East Prussia together with harbour facilities in Gdynia and Danzig with 378 4-engined bombers. Both on the way out and the way home the formations passed Denmark, where German fighters attacked the bombers. During a bombing raid to Anklam in Germany on 9 October, 1943 a ”Flying Fortress” B17 42-30772 crashed in the Baltic Sea. One of the gunners, D.L. Baker, was found by a Danish fisherman drifting between Ærø and Als. The burial in Søby took place 3 days later on 7 February, 1944 without ecclesiastical assistance or any kind of ceremonies. When vicar H.S. Bårris demanded to carry out the burial or at least to be present at it, a German lieutenant Rottgard from the Oldemark barraks threatened to shoot him down. On the following Sunday the vicar held a memorial service. Residents of the area had then covered the grave with a sea of flowers. (Source: FAF) "Only two of crew succeeded in bailing out due to the suddenness of plane breaking up. Both survivors picked up by German rescue vessel." (MACR)

Revisions

Date27 Jan 2022 22:31:54
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid readability.

Date21 Jan 2015 14:35:23
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FTR record updated from source :http://www.airmen.dk/p232.htm

Date21 Jan 2015 14:31:15
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Associated mission from source : http://www.airmen.dk/p232.htm

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:33
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1398 / MACR 895 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database