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Capt Irvin C Baker of the 77th Ftr Sq, 20th FG shakes hands with his crew chief T/Sgt Edward C Graham on completion of his tour. He started in P-38s with the unit before its transition to Mustangs; his P-38J was nicknamed "Haycock Belle" in honor of the Haycock Hotel in nearby Kings Cliffe. Baker was officially credited with one confirmed aerial victory.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12273-B66813AC.



  • 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. ...

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 77th Fighter Squadron


  • Irvin Baker

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 77FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x Bf109. Flying P-38's and P-51's. Completed 2 tours of duty. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (6 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF rising to the rank of Lt Colonel.

  • Edward Graham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief


  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...


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30 August 2016 09:22:04 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations