Charles N. "Chuck" Baker on the left, with Arthur W. Ordel Jr at the World War II Memorial, Washington, DC - September 2015. (Photo courtesy of Jarrod Cotter - FlyPast Magazine December 2005 - www.flypast.com )
Born and raised in Montana, Charles Baker was living with his parents in San Carlos, Florida in 1940. After 3 years in college, he enlisted in California in October 1941 and trained as a bomber pilot. Assigned to the 390th Bomb Group/570th Bomb Squadron, he was sent overseas in 1944 and was stationed at Framlingham, Suffolk, England. Chuck Baker flew on 35 missions, from 19 April to 2 August 1944, 14 of them on B-17 # 42-31974. Ending his tour in November 1944, he went back to the United States. Charles Baker's own entry in 2014 :"It was the most exciting, memorable, action filled moments, educational opportunities of my life. I volunteered for this game we played and I would not have missed it for all the tea in China."
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
Robert Munroe enlisted in the Air Corps in April 1942 and was trained as a navigator on heavy bombers. Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, he was assigned to the 390th Bomb Group/570th Bomb Squadron and sent overseas in the Spring of 1944. He flew on 35...
Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 390th Bomb Group
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Arthur Ordel moved with his family to Virginia in the Thirties. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VA Tech) and enlisted in the Air Corps in May 1942 and as an Aviation Cadet in October of the same year....
Units served with
The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 11 January 1944; Memphis 23 Januart 1944; Savannah 24 January 1944; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-G] Framlingham 5 February 1944. Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 3July 1945; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 6 July 1945;...
Military site : airfield
Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...
||15 February 1919
the son of Ernest and Dorothy Baker
||San Carlos, San Mateo County, Florida, United States
||San Francisco, California, United States
||15 October 1941