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    Default Wing Commander MAURICE WILLIAM L'ISLE LA V. BAKER

    Hello all,

    This airman, seemed to have been killed on 21st. Febr. 1945 near Rips (thanks Hans Nauta for this info).
    Is there any info on this man available, besides the CWGC-details ? I've tried Google, without fruitful results.

    Thanks in advance,
    KR,
    Hans

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    Hans,

    According to the Nov 1941 AFL his number was 26171 (he had been a Wg Cdr with effect 1 Mar 41).

    A search on the LG using his number might be productive.

    Errol

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    Default Wing Commander MAURICE WILLIAM L'ISLE LA V. BAKER

    Hello Hans,

    He was Wing Commander of 196 Sqdn (RAF 38 Group) from August 1944 to his death, where he failed to return from a mission.

    Probably Bruno LECAPLAIN is the right person to have the details.

    Regards

    Finn Buch

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    Hello,

    Wing Commander Baker, MiD, Officer Commanding 196 Squadron, 38 Group, was the pilot of one of the two 38 Group Stirlings that failed to return from an operation to bomb a bridge at Rees, Germany on 21 February 1945 (one aircraft from 196 Squadron and one aircraft from 299 Squadron).
    Baker's aircraft was Stirling IV LJ894 that crashed near Rips, Holland.
    Wing Commander Baker had flown 4 missions in Operation 'Market Garden' onboard LJ894 and during two of these missions (19 & 20 September 1944) LJ894 was touched by flak!
    According to I A Downie, a 196 Squadron veteran, the flak during this mission wasn't a problem so LJ894 could have been shot down by a night german aircraft but Henk Welting wrote in an other topic that Canadian flak could have shot down LJ894.
    The only other member of the crew in my files who died this night was Flight Sergeant John Robert GORDON also buried in Mierlo War Cemetery.
    The other members of the crew are also written in the other topic.
    That's all for the moment!
    Regards.

    Bruno LECAPLAIN
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    Hans, Here are his LG entries:
    Air Ministry,
    20th January, 1931.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned flight cadets having successfully passed through the R.A.F. College, Cranwell, are granted permanent commissions as Pilot Officers with effect from and with seniority of 20th Dec. 1930: —
    Maurice William L'Isle La Vallette BAKER.

    Air Ministry,
    9th August, 1932.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers are promoted to the rank of Flying Officer:—
    20th June 1932.
    Maurice William L'Isle La Valette BAKER.

    Air Ministry,
    21st April, 1936.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Flying Officers are promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant with effect from the dates stated:—
    1st Apr. 1936.
    Maurice William. L'Isle La Valette BAKER.

    Air Ministry,
    2nd December, 1938.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The undermentioned Flight Lieutenants are promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader, 1st Dec. 1938: —
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Maurice William L’Isle La Valette BAKER.

    Air Ministry,
    11th March, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The undermentioned promotions are made with effect from 1st March 1941: —
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Squadron Leaders to be Wing Commanders (temporary).
    Maurice William L'Isle La Valette BAKER (26171).

    Air Ministry,
    24th September, 1941.
    His Majesty has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following who have been mentioned in despatches by Air Officers Commanding-in-Chief: —
    Wing Commanders.
    M. W. L'I. BAKER (26171).

    Regards, Terry

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    Dear gentlemen, Bruno and Terry in particular, thanks very much for these data, much appreciated.

    Kindest reagards,
    Hans

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    Hans could you contact me regarding a previous post about F/LT H.P.Vanrenen and aircraft LJ979

    Thanks

    Steve
    196 SQUADRON HISTORIAN AND RESEARCHER

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