BAKER, MARCELUS CHARLES, Staff Sergeant, # 39552267, USAAF

 

Marcelus C. Baker was born 28 February 1916 in Pottsville, Arkansas, to Charles Columbus Baker (1869-1926) and Anna Lucille (Johnson) Baker (1877-1966). Siblings included John Doyle Baker (1894-1947), Joy Glendine Baker (1909-1982) and Lillie Olive (Baker) McNutt (1904-1992). He married Lucille Martin on 18 November 1938 in Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940 in Covina, Los Angeles Co., California, while working for the Nigg Engineering Corp. He described himself as 5’11”, 165 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted on 7 January 1943 in Los Angeles, California. He was trained in radio operations and maintenance and as a gunner (all enlisted men served as gunners). On 28 May 1944, at about 1645 hours, when a B-24J, # 42-73309, “Trouble Maker,” departed Lingling air base, Yangkai, China to fly to Kweilin, China. It was assigned to the 308th Bomb Group, the 373rd Bomb Squadron (Heavy), of 14th Air Force. It crashed after take-off from Lingling. All aboard were killed. His wife requested a V.A. marker on 21 June 1948 and one is in the Oakdale Cemetery, Glendora, California.

WAITE, MARTIN SAMUEL, Staff Sergeant, # 20323598, USAAF

 

Martin S. Waite was born 31 October 1915 in Niagara Falls, New York, to Vernon T. Waite (1879-1939) and Ruth Lenore (Stere) Waite (1879-1955). Siblings included Miller J. “Willie” Waite (1903-1979), Alice May (Waite) Parks (1905-1980), Mary Pearl (Waite) Williams (1907-2009), Grace Waite (1913-    ), Vernon Waite Jr. (1919-    ), Ruth E. (Waite) Rhodes (1925-2012).

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1940 while living in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He described himself as 5’5”, 120 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted on 17 February 1941 in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. He was trained as a gunner (all enlisted men served as gunners). On 28 May 1944, at about 1645 hours, when a B-24J, # 42-73309, “Trouble Maker,” departed Lingling air base, Yangkai, China to fly to Kweilin, China. It was assigned to the 308th Bomb Group, the 373rd Bomb Squadron (Heavy), of 14th Air Force. It crashed after take-off from Lingling. All aboard were killed. There is a marker on a grave in the Saint Johns Lutheran Cemetery, Sinking Valley, Pennsylvania.