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Age 23
Ensign – United States Navy
DOD: April 5, 1944

Ensign Baker was killed in an airplane crash in the Atlantic on April 5, 1944. He was piloting an amphibious plane when the accident occurred. His body was not recovered.

He graduated from EAWRCHS in 1942 and was employed at Shell Oil as a tester in the Inspection Lab until he enlisted in the Navy on July 6, 1942. During his high school years, he worked for the Wood River Journal.

He received basic training at Beardstown and pre-flight training in Iowa. He was stationed at Lambert Field, STL during his flight training and received his Commission at Corpus Christi. After being commissioned, he was assigned to Norfolk, VA, where he married Nadine Gray of Wood River in September, 1943. Mrs. Baker returned to Wood River when he was assigned to sea duty.

SPOUSE: Mrs. Nadine Baker, 858 Ferguson, Wood River
PARENTS: Mr. & Mrs. Miles Haynes, 209 Acton, Wood River
FAMILY MEMBERS: Brothers – John Virgil, a machinist in the U. S. Navy and Melvin Lee Badman