Henry Brown Baker
Born 26 February 1917
Died 30 August 1945
Buried at Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, Greeneville, TN
Husband of Virginia Baker, 224 North Main Street, Greeneville, Tennessee.
40th Bomber group, 45th Bomber Squadron
Aircraft B-29A, serial number 44-61554 departed from Tinian Island to drop Prisoner of War supplies at Fukuoka #12. In dense fog and pouring rain the B-29 attempted to cross the Sobo Mountain Range, but clipped a mountain peak and crashed, bursting into flames. The wreckage of the plane was located on the southern slope of Sobozan on boundry between Miyazaki and Oita Ken. All aboard were killed and the remains were recovered, but only 3 definitely identified; Capt Henry B. Baker, John D. Dangerfield and S/Sgt Walter R. Gustaveson.
Pilot, 1st Lt Jack L. Riggs
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt John G. Cornwell
Flight Engineer, 1st Lt George H. Williamson
Bombardier, 1st Lt Alfred F. Eiken
Navigator, Captain Henry B. Baker
Radio Operator, S/Sgt Henry N. Frees
Left Gunner, Cpl John D. Dangerfield
Right Gunner, S/Sgt Solomon H. Groner
Senior Gunner, S/Sgt Walter R. Gustaveson
Tail Gunner, Cpl Bob L. Miller
Radar Operator, Sgt John W. Hodges Jr.
For more links and info on a monument built to the dead crew, see:
Capt. Baker’s B-29 may be the last US bomber lost in active service in the Pacific Theater during World War II, much like another East Tennessean on the Memorial (see entry for Howard Goodner), was on the last US bomber lost in Europe during World War II:
30 AUG 1945
B-29A-35-BN, #44-61554, MACR 14898
40th Bomb Group, 45th Bomb Squadron
Jack Riggs crew; 12 MIA