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    Default Major Stanley King BAKER, 203197V, S.A.A.F.

    Hello,

    I'm trying to find out what happened to the above named South African Air Force Officer, who was captured near Amiens (France) on 22nd July 1944.

    He gives his unit as E.C.F.S., but a google search only offers medical acronyms...

    The service number with and without the final V doesn't show up in the database, and I also couldn't find details about him online.

    Thanks in advance

    Joss

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    Default Re: Major Stanley King BAKER, 203197V, S.A.A.F.

    Hi Joss,

    Perhaps Empire Central Flying School https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/C4100337

    https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/researc...flying-school/

    On the nominal roll of all British and Commonwealth present at Stalag IIIA on Russian liberation 22 April 1945, he is shown without the "V" suffix on his service number.

    Regards,

    Dave
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    Default Re: Major Stanley King BAKER, 203197V, S.A.A.F.

    Hello Dave,

    Thanks for your suggestion. I've looked in Fighter Command Losses and Bomber Command Losses books, but if he had been shot down a few days / weeks before his capture, I missed him.

    Regards

    Joss

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    Default Re: Major Stanley King BAKER, 203197V, S.A.A.F.

    Hello

    I've answered my own question.

    Major BAKER was flying in a Harvard, navigating, for a training flight over U.K. and he and his pilot got lost and landed in Rosières airfield, still occupied by the Germans.

    Pilot was Squadron Leader John Allan BOYLE, R.C.A.F. J/6226, AFC.

    https://www.rcafassociation.ca/herit...mber&type=rcaf

    Surprising !

    Does anybody know the serial number of the Harvard involved ?

    Joss
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    Default Re: Major Stanley King BAKER, 203197V, S.A.A.F.

    Joss,
    I asked Harvard guru Benno Goethals, who put a query on the subject on the Air-Britain (members only) forum.
    FT169 was suggested, and that does indeed look very likely.
    It was an ECFS aircraft, and its AM78 card shows it as:
    FB Cat E Missing 23.7.44
    The aircraft in question was of course lost in the early hours of 22.7.44, but I suspect it would have taken a day to work out that it had indeed vanished, rather than crashed in the UK or landed somewhere else.
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    Default Re: Major Stanley King BAKER, 203197V, S.A.A.F.

    Hello Andy


    Many thanks for having asked Benno about the ID of that Harvard. He e-mailed me yesterday with his finding. I totally agree with your suggestion that the day of difference is due to the paperwork, and it's completely unlikely that they lost two machines "missing" in two consecutive days.

    If time permits one day at Kew, I'll try to copy the relevant page of E.C.F.S. O.R.B., to see what it has to say about this loss. In the following weeks or months, the unit may have been notified that the two pilots were alive and prisoners of war.

    Thanks again for all those who contributed !

    Regards

    Joss

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