New England Air Museum
Jeremiah (AKA Jere) Baker

 

Recent Address:

County Road 15, Bath, NY 14810

Email:

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Family Information:

Sister: Ruth Plahn, Sister: Carolyn Cocking, Son: Jere Lee Baker, Daughter: Kathy Jane Neiufert

Hometown:

Kenvil, NJ

Date Entered Service:

November 30, 1942

Service Number:

12-203-621

Bomb Group:

462nd

Squadron:

676th

Location of Unit:

Waler Air Force Base (1943)

Missions Flown:

29

Hump Missions Flown:

15

Targets:

Rangoon, Bangkok, Manchuria, Tokyo, Singapore, Burma, Mine Laying Bangkok

Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Theater Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, POW Medal, Purple Heart, WWII Victory Medal, Gunners Wings, Air Crew Wings

Service Schools Attended:

Chanute Air Field Basic/Mechanic December 1942;
Boeing Factory January 1943;
Gulfport Mech Schl Miss. February 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

Mechanic, Gunner Engineer

Rank Upon Discharge:

T/Sgt

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

"Man of War", A/C # 346; Shot down on 2 August 1945

Were you a POW?

Yes

If so, where?

 

Were you interned?

Yes

If so, where?

Ofuna, Japan

Date Transferred from the 58th:

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:

1946

Post-WWII Military Service:

None

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Auto body shop mechanic

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

A nice way to grow up. Very educational.

Comments:

Licensed Civilian Pilot 1938; Fixed Wing Single and Dual Engine. Flew a 1946 WACO. Age 14 when licensed.

Jeremiah Baker died in September, 2009

 


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