WWII Service





Reg had been in the RAF for 19 months when war was declared.  As a second pilot on a  210 Squadron Sunderland had been carrying out his squadron duties with his crew on escort duty to shipping. (Pembroke) Sunderland Flying boat he undertook convoy patrols. His first three operations all involved contact with U-boats and attacks were made with no visible signs of success.

The harsh realities of war were soon to be experienced with the sad loss of his plane and crew whilst he remained on shore.

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'The luckiest man alive' - Reg has his first success against a U-boat. 

For three attacks in 90 seconds using his unwieldy Sunderland flying boat as if it was a nimble fighter he earns the DFC.

A second and third U-boat are added to his tally soon after.

Reg marries Norma in September

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Early in the year another U-boat sunk, and Reg pays a visit to Buckingham Palace to collect his DFC.

A navigational training course in Canada starts Reg's conversion to a fighter pilot .

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A strange year for Reg.  He is posted to 240 Squadron and en-route for India he crashes his plane in Malta.  Uninjured he is 'pretty badly shaken up' and comes off flying duties.  His training as a navigation specialist is put to use in a varied number of duties initially in Malta and then the UK.  His daughter Helen is born in November and he returns to fighter training at the end of the year

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Reg finishes his refresher training and joins 182 Squadron flying Typhoons.  A busy 3 months and Reg is wounded in an attack in France. In June Reg is appointed Commanding Officer of 283 Squadron and settles into a relentless attack on enemy shipping and occupied northern France. He is awarded a Bar to his DFC.


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Reg is appointed Wing Commander (flying) 193 Squadron. He leads many attacks into France determined to deplete the enemy air force prior to the invasion. On D-Day and the following days his wing roamed inland of the beach heads attacking gun positions and MT, bombing troop concentrations in woods and villages, bombing enemy HQs, and carrying out armed recces.


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 16 June 1944

Ten days after D-Day, on a mission over Normandy, Reggie Baker's aircraft was hit by flak and whilst plummeting to crash to earth he orders his Wing to fly away from the danger.

‘Hello Carefree and Vampire aircraft, Port 180 – Lochinvar – out.’ 

He is posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

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This page last updated:Monday 22 December 2008


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Victory Fighters: The Veterans' Story - Winning the Battle for Supremacy in the Skies Over Western Europe, 1941-1945
By Stephen Darlow

Victory Fighters is largely a collection of eye-witness accounts of the struggle that raged in the skies over occupied Europe after the Battle of Britain. Reg Baker is one of the six featured pilots.

Stephen Darlow has been a major support and contributor to this website do please visit the website of this excellent Military Aviation author.