Baker, Charles E., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 349th Bomb Squadron
Service Years
1941 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
349th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Sep 11, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Czech Republic
World War II
Location of Interment
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 85, Site 72-76

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United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy349th Bomb Squadron
  1941-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 349th Bomb Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Bombing Raids Over Germany
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Charles E, Baker was born on January 9, 1920 in Ohio. No parentage or census data has been located; although, it appears from the Ohio Birth Index that his mother's maiden name was Creone.

His NARA enlistment file states he enlisted in Detroit, Michigan on November 10, 1941 as a private in the Army Air Forces. The file also confirms nativity, that he had completed 4 years of high school, and that he was employed as an architect.

He was selected for flight duty, and trained as a pilot. He was then commissioned , awarded wings, and assigned to crew training. Later, he deployed to England with this crew, arriving August 2, 1944. The crew was dispatched on, and received credit for, 6 combat missions.

On September 11, 1944, the crew was part of a formation that attacked the Ruhland oil refinery in Germany. Over the target, the formation was attacked by 50-70 enemy aircraft. At least three B-17s were set ablaze in the first firing pass. Baker's aircraft was hit by 20mm shells, 2 through the waist window, and 1 hit a fuel tank. Some of the crew were wounded by shells or shrapnel.

One wing came off the aircraft, and the aircraft exploded. It broke in two pieces at the waist, hurling most crew members out into space, dead or unconscious and unable to use their parachutes. At least three reached the ground safely, but were immediately captured.

Six dead were recovered from the crash site near Liepnitzen, in what is now the present-day Czech Republic. They were buried locally, and retrieved after the war. Lt Baker now lies in a group burial with men who died that day in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. The grave location is in Section 85, Sites 72-76.
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Lt Charles E. Baker was performing duty as First Pilot on B-17G # 42-97806, named "Now An' Then," assigned to the 349th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report covers this loss. Crew roster and personnel files state the crew consisted of:

2 Lt Charles E. Baker  p
2 Lt Charles D. Chiles  c-p
2 Lt Donald H. Lienemann  nav
2 Lt Raymond J. McGuinness  bomb
TSgt Eugene C. Damrel  eng/tt gun
SSgt Davis A. Gurman  r/o
SSgt Roy C. Johannesen  btg
SSgt David Rattin  wg
SSgt Fred A. Fischer  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

SSgt William R. Gee (waist gunner) was removed from original crew due to dropping crew size to nine.

Lts Chiles and Lienemann, along with TSgt Damrel (right hand blown off) survived to become POWs.

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