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Capt Samuel James "Sam/Florida Flash" Baker, Jr
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Birth: Aug. 12, 1939
Sarasota
Sarasota County
Florida, USA
Death: Oct. 23, 1966, Thailand

In loving memory of... Samuel James Baker,Jr.
*** Capt Baker is buried at the USAFA Cemetery. Latitude: 39.01556 - Longitude: -104.855003.


You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!


SAMUEL JAMES BAKER,JR. - Air Force - CAPT - O3
Age: 27
Date of Birth Aug 12, 1939
From: SARASOTA, FL
Next of Kin - Wife, Sandra L. Baker. Parents: Father, Samuel J. Baker, Born 1915 in West Virginia (parents) Father FAG #103646205.
* Paternal Grandparents: Grandfather, John C Baker (1884 - 1959)and Grandmother, Leona G Baker (1894 - 1978).

His Fathers Obituary: The Sullivan Review - July 20, (Father)
Staff Sgt. Samuel James Baker, 28, son of Mr. And Mrs. John Baker, of 609 Desmond Street, Sayre, was killed in action in France on D-Day, June 6, according to word received by the parents from the War Department.
S-Sgt. Baker was with the 29th Infantry Division, and had been in England since September, 1942. His last letter home was written on May 31, and indicated that he knew the invasion was coming soon and that he would be in it.
He was born in Spangler, W. Va, and was educated in the Dushore High School. He was well known in Sayre where his family has lived for the past several years.
His brother was drowned ten years ago to the day that he fell on the Normandy beachhead.
Surviving, besides his parents, are four sisters, Mrs. Paul Brougham of Athens, R. D. 1; Mrs. James Murray at home, whose husband is with the U.S. Army in France; Mrs. Richard Shaver, at home, whose husband, Pfc. Richard Shaver is in St. Louis, Mo; and Leona, at home; and one niece.


CAPT - O3 - Air Force -
Casualty was on Oct 23, 1966
In THAILAND
NON-HOSTILE, FIXED WING - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Air Force
Grade at loss: O3
Rank: Captain
MOS: 1115: Pilot
Unit: 606TH AIR COMMANDO SQDN, 634TH CBT SPT GROUP, 7TH AF

CASUALTY DATA
Casualty Date: 10/23/1966
Age at Loss: 27
Location: Thailand
Graduation - 1962
KIA Date - 10/23/1966
Squadron - CS 10
High School - Sarasota Senior HS
High School Activities - Football, Basketball, Track, Boy Scouts, Key Club, Class VP
Post High School - University of Florida 1957-58, AFROTC
Academy Experiences - Ski Club, Automobile Club, Rally Club, Falconeer
Academic Degree Major - BS, Engineering Sciences - USAFA

Active Duty Assignments Pilot Training, Pilot B-47, Pilot C-130E, Pilot T-28,
Combat Information - 606th Air Commando Squadron, Nakhon Phanom AB, Thailand.
Killed In Action Mission - T-28 Aircraft crashed on a familiarization flight near Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
Notable Decoration Awards - Promoted to Captain Posthumously


ON THE WALL - Panel 11E Line 100
Body was recovered


Other Personnel In Incident:
Lt Col William J Newton (KWF)
Capt Samuel James Baker (KWF)


Capt Samuel J Baker was reported missing while on a familiarization flight in Thailand on 23 Oct 1966.

His T-28 aircraft departed its home base and did not return as scheduled.

A search was initiated when the aircraft's known fuel supply was exhausted which resulted in the location of a wreckage positively identified as that of the missing aircraft.




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  Samuel J Baker (1915 - 1944)
 
Burial:
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery
Colorado Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA
Plot: 003 E 055
 
Maintained by: Eddieb
Originally Created by: HEE (inactive)
Record added: Feb 14, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17930677
Capt Samuel James Sam/Florida Flash Baker, Jr
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Capt Samuel James Sam/Florida Flash Baker, Jr
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