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272 Squadron Crest
23.12.1941 No 272 Squadron Beaufighter IC F/O. James H. Baker

Operation: Strafing

Date: 23rd December 1941

Unit: No. 272 Squadron (Coastal Command)

Type: Beaufighter IC

Serial: Not known

Base: Idku nr Alexandria Egypt

Location: Near El Agheila, Libya

Pilot: F/O. James Howard Baker 84946 RAFVR Age 23. Missing

Obs: Fl/Sgt. Edwin Stewart Fender 939536 RAFVR Age 23. Missing


During a strafing attack on the road to Ajdabiya they were shot down at 14:00 hrs by an Me 109 flown by Oblt. Gerhart Homuth (1) who also shot down another Beaufighter from 272 squadron flown by P/O. Norman Lee.

Above left: F/O. James Howard Baker Right: Fl/Sgt. Edwin Stewart Fender (courtesy John Ollerton)

(1) The Luftwaffe fighter ace with 63 abschüsse credited to him - went missing on the 02nd August 1943 after combat with Russian fighters. Born 20th September 1914 in Kiel, Germany. A formerly served with the Kriegsmarine before joining Luftwaffe in 1935 as a member of the aerobatic team.

Right: Oblt. Gerhart Homuth (courtesy Kracker Archive)

Burial details:

F/O. James Howard Baker. Alamein Memorial. Panel 240. Son of Cyril Howard Baker and Emily Baker, husband of Evelyn Baker, of Smethwick, Staffordshire, England.

Fl/Sgt. Edwin Stewart Fender. Alamein Memorial. Panel 242. Son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Fender, of Fenham, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to John Ollerton, who submittted the crew photos. John’s Uncle served with them in 272 Squadron and these are from his personal collection. With thanks also to Roy Nesbit and his publication: ‘The Armed Rovers.’

KTY 19.07.2015

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