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Ernest John Baker

Servicenumber : 6468601
Rank : Staff Serjeant
Regiment : The Glider Pilot Regiment
Unit : 1st Wing
Date of Death : 24-09-1944
Age : 28
Grave : Plot 21. Row C. Grave 14.
Ernest John "Busty" Baker was a son of Frederick Charles and Nellie Baker of Shoreditch, London.
Baker served with 20 Flight, B-Squadron. He took part in the Normandy landings.
After the landings on 18 september 1944 Baker moved through Wolfheze and Oosterbeek with the 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment. According to the book "Glider Pilots at Arnhem" (Mike Peters and Luuk Buist) Baker was repairing a motorcyle and a jeep during the move to Arnhem.  
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Baker was killed by a sniper when he was dug in around the Hartenstein Hotel. He was given a field burial at Pieterbergseweg near the Tafelberg Hotel in Oosterbeek.
Baker was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal in november 1946 for his actions during the D-Day landings.
Picture: 23-09-2012
At the going down
Of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember him
Picture: 23-09-2018
Sources: Website CWGC,  'Glider Pilots at Arnhem' and Roll of Honour


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