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George F Baker Jr

Military

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed tour. Credited with 4.5 aerial kills, 1 x probable and a ground kill.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

Aircraft

  • 42-106809 'Little Liquidator'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt George F Baker Jr. Failed to Return (FTR) training mission, pilot radioed that propeller governer had failed and baled out over North sea. Died non...

  • 44-14500

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt George F Baker. Re-assigned to Lt Allen G Martin.

Missions

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in Fulton, New York 1941
Enlisted Syracuse, NY, USA 23 January 1942
Based East Wretham 2 August 1944 – September 1945

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed Merseburg, Germany 11 September 1944

2 x Fw190 destroyed. Merseberg.

Promoted Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK October 1944

Promoted to Captain.

E/A Destroyed Germany 2 November 1944

Fw190 destroyed shared.

E/A Destroyed Germany 31 December 1944

2 x Fw190 destroyed.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 12 February 1945

End Tour of Duty (ETD).

Bomb blast damage Pine Castle, FL, USA 23 August 1945

Bomb blast damage Gunnery Range, Pinecastle, FL Cat 3 damage. George F Baker Jr, 23-Aug-45.

P-51D 44-73338 - 621BU

Crashed Alexandria Esler Regional Airport (ESF), 7625 Esler Field Rd, Pineville, LA 71360, USA 14 March 1953

Weather related Accident 50mi W of Alexandria AFB, LA Cat 2 damage. George F Baker Jr, 14-Mar-53.

F-94C 50-1014 - 3625MS, 3625MSG

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2020 14:22:16 Hotelie1970 Changes to awards
Sources

GENERAL ORDER # 567, dated 30 November 1944: From Headquarters 1st Bombardment Division, Office of the Commanding Brigadier General Turner

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2016 13:06:23 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Baker%2C+George+F
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Baker
https://www.fold3.com/page/83527975_george_f%20baker%20jr/details/
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_359.php

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2016 12:27:43 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Baker%2C+George+F
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Baker
https://www.fold3.com/page/83527975_george_f%20baker%20jr/details/
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_359.php

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Unit History

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