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Baker, L. A. crew

 

Mission List

 

Mission #87 November 5, 1944 43-38406 L/W 391BS Baker         Aborted – mechanical.

Mission #88 November 6, 1944 43-38372 L/A 391BS Baker, L.

Mission #89 November 9, 1944 43-37864 L/E 391BS Baker

Mission #90 November 16, 1944 43-38406 L/W 391BS Baker

Mission #91 November 21, 1944 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker, L.    Major damage. TG wounded.

Mission #94 November 29, 1944 43-38378 L/K 391BS Baker

Mission #95 November 30, 1944 43-38415 L/G 391BS Baker, L. A.

Mission #96 December 4, 1944 43-38327 L/R 391BS Baker

Mission #97 December 5, 1944 43-38327 L/R 391BS Baker, L.

Mission #98 December 6, 1944 43-38403 E/Z 391BS Baker, L.

Mission #102 December 24, 1944 44-6465 E/O 391BS Baker  Fancy Nancy

Mission #104 December 28, 1944 43-38257 L/T 391BS Baker

Mission #107 January 2, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker, L.  (incorrectly listed as L/S)

Mission #108 January 3, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker, L. A.

Mission #109 January 7, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #110 January 10, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker, L.

Mission #111 January 13, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #112 January 14, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #113 January 15, 1945 43-38382 L/Q 391BS Baker Queenie

Mission #114 January 16, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #115 January 20, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #116 January 23, 1945 43-38416 E/C 391BS Baker

Mission #119 February 3, 1945 43-38257 L/T 391BS Baker

Mission #120 February 6, 1945 43-38382 L/Q 391BS Baker Queenie

Mission #121 February 9, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker (incorrectly listed as L/S)

 

CREW #107; 391st Squadron

Mission #139 March 10, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #140 March 11, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #141 March 12, 1945 44-6887 L/G 391BS Baker

Mission #142 March 14, 1945 43-38299 L/U 391BS Baker

Mission #143 March 15, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #144 March 17, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #145 March 18, 1945 43-38402 L/P 391BS Baker

Mission #146 March 19, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #148 March 21, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #149 March 22, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

 

Mission and Crew Details

 

Mission #87 November 5, 1944 43-38406 L/W 391BS Baker         Aborted – mechanical.

Flew position 2-2 in High Squadron (391st)

Aborted and brought back 6 500 lb bombs.

Baker, L. A. (P)

Dorrance (CP)

DeRosa (N)

Morrison (B)

Chandler (Radio op)

Hutchins (E)

Christansen (WG)

Wadle (BG)

Mastenbrock (TG)

 

Mission #88 November 6, 1944 43-38372 L/A 391BS Baker, L.

Flew position 3-3 in Low Squadron (391st) of a 490BG formation.

Dropped 20 250 lb bombs on the secondary target at 1042 hours from 22,100 feet.

No damage reported.

Baker, L. A. (P)

Dorrance (CP)

DeRosa (N)

Morrison (B)

Chandler (Radio op)

Hutchins (E)

Christansen (WG)

Wadle (BG)

Mastenbrock (TG)

 

Mission #89 November 9, 1944 43-37864 L/E 391BS Baker

Flew position 2-2 in Low Squadron (391st)

Dropped 6 1000 lb bombs at 0940 hours from 22,600 feet.

No damage reported.

Baker, L. A. (P)

Dorrance (CP)

DeRosa (N)

Morrison (B)

Chandler (Radio op)

Hutchins (E)

Christansen (WG)

Wadle (BG)

Mastenbrock (TG)

 

Mission #90 November 16, 1944 43-38406 L/W 391BS Baker

Flew position 3-3 in Lead Squadron (391st)

Dropped 1 M-81, and brought 23 M-81s back to base. The one M-81 was dropped at 11:35 hours from 21,500 feet.

No damage reported.

Baker, L. A. (P)

Dorrance (CP)

DeRosa (N)

Morrison (B)

Chandler (Radio op)

Hutchins (E)

Christansen (WG)

Wadle (BG)

Mastenbrock (TG)

 

Mission #91 November 21, 1944 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker, L.   

Flew position 2-3 in Lead Squadron (391st)

Dropped 12 500 lb. bombs on the primary target at 1210 hours from 27,000 feet.

Major damage. TG wounded.

Baker, L. A. (P)

Dorrance (CP)

DeRosa (N)

Morrison (B)

Chandler (Radio op)

Hutchins (E)

Christansen (WG)

Wadle (BG)

Mastenbrock (TG) WIA

 

Mission #94 November 29, 1944 43-38378 L/K 391BS Baker

Flew position 2-3 in Lead Squadron (391st)

Dropped 10 500 lb. bombs and 2 M-17s at 1300 hours from 25,600 feet.

No damage reported.

Baker, L. A. (P)

Dorrance (CP)

DeRosa (N)

Morrison (B)

Chandler (Radio op)

Hutchins (E)

Christansen (WG)

Wadle (BG)

McCue (TG)

 

Mission #95 November 30, 1944 43-38415 L/G 391BS Baker, L. A.

Flew position 4-4 (Tail end Charlie) in Low Squadron (391st)

Dropped 20 250 lb bombs on the primary target of Merseburg at 1311 hours from 26,000 feet.

No injuries but slight battle damage.

Baker, L. A. (P)

Dorrance (CP)

DeRosa (N)

Morrison (B)

Chandler (Radio op)

Hutchins (E)

Christansen (WG)

Wadle (BG)

McCue (TG)

 

Mission #96 December 4, 1944 43-38327 L/R 391BS Baker

Flew position 2-3 in Low Squadron (391st)

Dropped 10 500 lb bombs and 2 M-17s at 1259 hours from 25,700 feet.

No damage reported.

Baker, L. A. (P)

Dorrance (CP)

DeRosa (N)

Morrison (B)

Chandler (Radio op)

Hutchins (E)

Gero (WG)

Wadle (BG)

McCue (TG)

 

Mission #97 December 5, 1944 43-38327 L/R 391BS Baker, L.

Flew position 3-2 in High Squadron (391st)

Dropped 20 250 lb bombs on the primary target of Berlin at 1048 hours from 28,300 feet.

No damage reported.

Baker, L. A. (P)

Dorrance (CP)

DeRosa (N)

Morrison (B)

Chandler (Radio op)

Hutchins (E)

Fisher (WG)

Wadle (BG)

No tail gunner on the loading list but it is likely McCue was on board in that position.

 

Mission #98 December 6, 1944 43-38403 E/Z 391BS Baker, L.

Flew position 4-3 in Lead Squadron (391st)

Dropped 20 250 lb bombs at 1223 hours from 25,000 feet.

No damage reported.

Baker, L. A. (P)

Dorrance (CP)

DeRosa (N)

Morrison (B)

Chandler (Radio op)

Hutchins (E)

Casey (WG)

Wadle (BG)

McCue (TG)

 

Mission #102 December 24, 1944 44-6465 E/O 391BS Baker Fancy Nancy

This was the first mission flown after the start of the Battle of the Bulge. It was a maximum effort with the 34th Bomb Group putting up its greatest number of planes for any mission of the war, even including two planes designated as war weary. It is unclear which position Baker was to fly in the 34th BG formation but he ended up flying with the formation of the 92nd Bomb Group of the 1st Division of the 8th AF (Triangle B). I have a copy of a report from the 92nd BG on the “strange silver B-17G” that joined their formation that day. According to that report, Baker and Fancy Nancy took up the number 4 position, low element, high squadron in the 92nd BG formation. It did drop its 38 100 lb bombs with that group at 1442 hours from 22,400 feet. The plane’s radio went out on the mission and was inspected and repaired upon return to base.

Baker, L. A. (P)

Dorrance (CP)

DeRosa (N)

Morrison (B)

Chandler (Radio op)

Hutchins (E)

Dufibaugh (WG) (New regular waist gunner)

Wadle (BG)

McCud (TG) (Most probably the same person listed previously as McCue)

Albert (G) & (TOG) (Bombardier is shown on the crew loading lists so why list a togglier?)

 

Mission #104 December 28, 1944 43-38257 L/T 391BS Baker

Flew position 3-3 in Lead Squadron (391st)

Carried a K-22 camera to record the drop.

Dropped 6 1000 lb bombs on the primary target of Neuwied at 1252 hours from 24,300 feet.

No damage reported.

Baker, L. A. (P)

Dorrance (CP)

Morrison (B)

Chandler (Radio op)

Hutchins (E)

Dufibaugh (WG)

Wadle (BG)

McCud (TG)

Lynch (No position shown but was either a Navigator or photographer)

 

Mission #107 January 2, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker, L.  (incorrectly listed as L/S)

Mission #108 January 3, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker, L. A.

Mission #109 January 7, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #110 January 10, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker, L.

Mission #111 January 13, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #112 January 14, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #113 January 15, 1945 43-38382 L/Q 391BS Baker Queenie

Mission #114 January 16, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #115 January 20, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #116 January 23, 1945 43-38416 E/C 391BS Baker

Mission #119 February 3, 1945 43-38257 L/T 391BS Baker

Mission #120 February 6, 1945 43-38382 L/Q 391BS Baker Queenie

Mission #121 February 9, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker (incorrectly listed as L/S)

 

CREW #107; 391st Squadron

 

Mission #139 March 10, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #140 March 11, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #141 March 12, 1945 44-6887 L/G 391BS Baker

Mission #142 March 14, 1945 43-38299 L/U 391BS Baker

Mission #143 March 15, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #144 March 17, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #145 March 18, 1945 43-38402 L/P 391BS Baker

Mission #146 March 19, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #148 March 21, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker

Mission #149 March 22, 1945 43-38380 L/B 391BS Baker