The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. B Baker
Barrie Baker was born in 1913 in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia, the son of Walter Headland Valentine Baker (1862-1914) and Gertrude Tidmarsh (1886-1975).
His family returned to England at some point, to Great Barr, Birmingham and he joined the RAFVR for the duration of hostilities in September 1939.
He later remustered as an Air Gunner and, after completing his training, was posted to 264 Squadron at Kirton-in-Lindsey in July 1940. After a period of night-fighting following heavy losses over Dunkirk, 264 moved south to Hornchurch on 21st August for daylight patrols.
Five days later Baker was flying with F/Lt. AJ Banham in Defiant L6985. They had just destroyed a Do17 over Thanet when they were attacked and shot down by Me109s. Their aircraft crashed two miles off Herne Bay. Banham baled out and was rescued from the sea but Baker was never found.
Baker was 27 years old. With no known grave he is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 11.
The CWGC records that he had a wife named Ethel but this does not appear in the relevant archives.
(Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner)