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Wilson Kirby Baker Jr

Military

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)
4-Aug-44. MACR 7432. RTD, ETD.

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF, killed in service when F-86 Sabre 52-5065 went missing from Hill AFB Utah.

Service

Units served with

  • 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. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 370th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • 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...

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Harbert, TN 23 September 1924

Son of Wilson Kirby Sr and Grace M Baker.

Lived in Atlanta, GA, USA 1941
Enlisted Forest Camp Rd, Spring City, TN 37381, USA 17 October 1942

Camp Forrest, Tennessee

Based Goxhill 1944

Assigned to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 5 February 1944 – 30 November 1944

Transferred to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Interned (INT) Sweden 4 August 1944

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)
4-Aug-44. MACR 7432.

Promoted Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 4 August 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 30 November 1944
Died Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA 13 January 1956

Killed in service when F-86 Sabre 52-5065 went missing from Hill AFB Utah. Low on fuel with an aborted landing, did not declare emergency, assumed to have crashed into the Great Salt Lake.

Buried Marietta National Cemetery Marietta Cobb County GA February 1956

Memorialised
Marietta National Cemetery
Marietta
Cobb County
Georgia, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2021 10:31:47 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/317653614
https://www.fold3.com/image/160578901
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/94490619/wilson-k-baker

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2017 16:03:26 general ira snapsorter Changes to highest rank
Sources

Merged with duplicate entries to include details from:
- MACR 7432;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2016 11:49:44 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=43-6461&Submit=Se...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=43-6461&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/29403170
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Baker&GSfn=Wilson&...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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