Baker, Albert W., Jr., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 755-Radio Operator, Army Air Force
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 755, 360th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Moleswoth, England

Casualty Date
Aug 27, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Baltic Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot B Row 39 Grave 26

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Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Formal Schools and Training Courses303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy360th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, Radio Operators Training Course
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 755, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 755, 360th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Albert W. Baker, Jr. was born in Ohio in 1917. His NARA enlistment record shows he enlisted at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro, California on May 12, 1941. The record states he was enlisted from a pool of enlisted men 3 months after discharge. It also states he had completed 2 years of high school and was single with no dependents.

After basic training, he was assigned to radio operator school. Upon graduating from that course, he was placed in a combat operational training unit for further training on the B-17 aircraft, including aerial gunnery duty. He deployed with a replacement crew to England in early 1944 and was assigned to the 360th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group. The crew flew 21 missions.

On August 27, a raid was mounted against the Focke-Wulf aircraft assembly plant and three associated airports near Berlin. The briefed targets were completed obscured by weather, so a target of opportunity, Esbjerg, Denmark was chosen. This target was bombed through a slight undercast. Moderate flak was encountered. During the turn-off-target, the aircraft was struck by a direct hit from a flak shell. The aircraft broke into two pieces, just behind the wing root. The tail section, with the gunner trapped inside, fell near Gjesing. The forward part of the aircraft traveled some distance before crashing at Saedden, near Esbjerg.

All of the bodies were recovered and buried on August 31 in Fovrfelt Cemetery. On April 30, 1948, they were all transferred to the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium. Present-day records reveal 5 of the crew have no known grave, 2 are still in Ardennes, and 2 are believed to be in the U.S.
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USAAC-USAAF Aircraft Inventory Record



The aircraft involved in this incident was B-17G # 43-37629, unnamed, assigned to the 360th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 8575 applies and lists the crew as:

1 Lt Winfield L. Yarnall     p
2 Lt Louis B. Bertich    c-p
2 Lt Isaac N. Sanford    nav
2 Lt Harry B. Britter    bomb
TSgt Anthony Fidares   eng/tt gun
TSgt Albert W. Baker, Jr.     r/o
SSgt Rubin Taxon     btg
SSgt Dominick Di Salvo    rwg
SSgt Melvin Birenbach    tail gun

NOTE: Sgt Lee D. McGovern was a part of the original crew, but was relieved when the crew size was changed from 10 to 9. He never flew combat missions with the 360th Bomb Squadron.

In the crew photo, TSgt Baker is in the front row, second from left.

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