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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R D Baker

 

Ronald David Baker joined the RAF in October 1934 as an Aircrafthand. He later successfully applied for pilot training and arrived at 11 Group Pool St. Athan from 7 FTS on 9th September 1939.

After converting to Hurricanes he went to Digby on 6th October but was serving with 56 Squadron by early 1940.

 

 

Over Dunkirk he damaged a He111 on 27th May and another one two days later. On 13th July he claimed the destruction of a Ju87, he then had to make a forced-landing at Rodmersham following damage to his Hurricane, P2985, in a combat over the Channel.

Baker was killed on 11th August 1940. His Hurricane, N2667, came down in the sea during a convoy patrol. Baker had baled out but was dead when picked up. Reports at the time claimed that he had been shot down by a Spitfire but this is unsubstantiated.

Baker was 23 and is buried in Letchworth Cemetery, Hertfordshire.

 

 

 

 

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