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James Anthony Baker

Military

Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Detached Service (DS) with 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron. Returned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Berlin. Engine failure in P-51 44-13370 led to bale out near Steinhuder Lake, Germany Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10820.

Awards: PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    Group
    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 505th Fighter Squadron
  • 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Fort Wayne, IN 3 October 1923

Son of Leon J and Martha J [Berghoff] Baker.

Enlisted Evansville, IN, USA 28 November 1942

Evansville, Indiana

Based Fowlmere 1944 – 5 December 1944

Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Detached Service (DS) Boxted, Colchester, UK 28 July 1944 – 31 July 1944

Detached Service (DS) with 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron.

Killed in action Steinhuder Meer, 31515 Wunstorf, Germany 5 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Berlin. Engine failure in P-51 44-13370 led to bale out near Steinhuder Lake, Germany Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10820.

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery 1946

Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2021 17:41:27 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56296475/james-a-baker

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2016 16:13:56 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- MACR 10820;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2016 10:06:26 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Baker%2C+James...
https://www.fold3.com/image/28730790
https://www.fold3.com/page/89150990_james_a%20baker/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Baker&GSfn=James&G...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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