Baker, James A., 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1056-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1944, AAF MOS 1056, Army Air Corps/8th Army Air Corps
Service Years
1941 - 1944

Aviation

Second Lieutenant



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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Last Address
Germany

Casualty Date
Dec 05, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Germany
Conflict
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Netherlands, Netherlands
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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AAF Pilot Badge

 
 Unit Assignments
Army Air Corps/8th Army Air Corps
  1942-1944, AAF MOS 1056, Army Air Corps/8th Army Air Corps
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Statement from 2nd Lt Cecil L. Byrd:
"On the tuesday 5 December 1944 I was flying as Blue Leader. The mission was escort to Berlin. On the with drawal my wingman Lt Baker called me and said his engine was going out and he would have bail out. At this time 1145 we were flying about 28000 ft. I talked to him on the radio in an effort to keep him in the plane a while longer hoping he could got the engine running. He was losing altitude at a very fast rate, and when at 13000 ft I noticed black puffs of smoke at frequent intervals coming from the exhaust stacks. Nothing he did seemed to better the condition. He entered the cumulus clouds(wich covered about 8/10hs) at about 10000 ft. He called when he was at 5000 ft and said he was bailing out ok at 4000 ft. I did not see him after he entered the clouds. The place was about 10 miles west of Steinhuber Lake, close to the Weser river and the time was approximately 1154."

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