BAKER, LOY FLEMING, Master Sergeant, # 38003075, USAAF

 

Loy F. Baker was born on 26 May 1920 in Chickasha, Grady Co., Oklahoma, to Paul Loy Baker (1892-1985) (AR) and Armor V. (Murray) Baker (1901-1936) (TN). Siblings included Howard H. Baker (1923-    ), Joseph R. Baker (1926-    ), Thomas Luther Baker (1928-2010), and Paul Jasper Baker (1932-2011) and two more brothers. On 2 June 1943, in Seattle, King Co., Washington, he married Ruda V. Jorgenson; officiated by Justice of the Peace Williamson at the Seattle Courthose.

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1941 and described himself as 5’8”, 160, with blond hair and brown eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, on 20 October 1941. He trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber aerial machineguns on th B-29 Superfortress. On 20 August 1944, a B-29, # 42-6334, “Gertrude C,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 794th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of Yawata, Japan. It was rammed by a Japanese fighter over Yawata and exploded in mid-air. Lt.Col. Clinkscales was leading a four-ship formation when his B-29 was rammed by an enemy fighter over the target at Yawata, Kyushu, Japan, and the B-29 disintegrated in the air. Lt.Col. Humphrey, flying 42-6279 in the # 3 position, said the fighter climbed into the B-29 and impacted so that the fighter’s right wing stayed embedded in 42-6334. The remainder of the fighter catapulted in flames over Lt.Col. Humphrey’s right wing. 42-6334 burst into flames and disintegrated. The unidentifiable remains of crew members were buried in a single-casket group ceremony at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri (Baker, Castleberry, Clinkscales, Fitzpatrick, Himadi, McHenry, and Richardson) (24 September 1949 – Plot 79, Grave 508).