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William H Baker


William Baker was Killed in Action (KIA) when his pilots were trying to land in heavy fog returning from a mission over Merseberg, Germany. The pilots, Vell Hansard and Robert Davis had given the order to bail out. Baker managed to bail out but the aircraft was flying at a low altitude and his parachute did not open in time to save his life.


Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107214

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 21/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Grenier 21/4/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-V] Nuthampstead 5/5/44; crashed in bad weather on return from Merseburg 25/11/44 with Vic Hansard, Bill Baker, Bob Davis (3 Killed in Action); Bill Lakes, Bill Esterley,...


  • 723

    25 November 1944

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Event Location Date
Born 20 September 1922
Enlisted Kentucky, USA 1942

Exact date not yet known

Based Nuthampstead 24 November 1944
Killed in Action (KIA) Barkway, Royston, Hertfordshire SG8, UK 25 November 1944

Crashed in bad weather on return from Merseburg mission. The aircraft came down into Read Wood, near Barkway, Hertfordshire, UK

Buried Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery, 6805 Drive Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Anderson, IN 46013, USA


Date Contributor Update
21 April 2015 10:21:53 Lucy May Changes to events

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21 April 2015 10:14:07 Lucy May Changes to biography, awards, events, aircraft associations and mission associations

MACR 15257

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Combat Chronology; 398th History Vol II / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia