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Lt. Wilson K. Baker, Jr. enlisted at Camp Forrest, TN on 17 October 1942. Earning two aerial victories and one E/A damaged, Lt. Baker flew 42 combat missions with the 370th Fighter Squadron from 2 May 1944 until his August 4, 1944 flight, when he was interned in Sweden for several weeks. His tour of duty with the 359th Fighter Group officially ended on 30 November 1944.



  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 370th Fighter Squadron


  • Wilson Baker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Anklan, Germany. Escorted Capt Lancaster to Sweden, on return shot down Do17 and low on fuel returned to land in Sweden. Interned (INT) ...


  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Date Contributor Update
12 May 2019 16:42:22 Janet Fogg Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Photo archived by Char Baldridge, Historian, 359th Fighter Group Association.
Posted by Janet Fogg, 359th Fighter Group Historian.