ENS KENNETH W. BAKER (Age 23) Ensign – United States
Navy DOD: April 5, 1944
Ensign Baker was killed in an airplane crash in the Atlantic
on April 5, 1944. He was piloting an amphibious plane when the
accident occurred. His body was not recovered.
graduated from EAWRCHS in 1942 and was employed at Shell Oil
as a tester in the Inspection Lab until he enlisted in the
Navy on July 6, 1942. During his high school years, he worked
for the Wood River Journal.
He received basic training at Beardstown and
pre-flight training in Iowa. He was stationed at Lambert
Field, STL during his flight training and received his
Commission at Corpus Christi. After being commissioned, he was
assigned to Norfolk, VA, where he married Nadine Gray of Wood
River in September, 1943. Mrs. Baker returned to Wood River
when he was assigned to sea duty.
SPOUSE: Mrs. Nadine
Baker, 858 Ferguson, Wood River PARENTS: Mr. & Mrs. Miles
Haynes, 209 Acton, Wood River FAMILY MEMBERS: Brothers –
John Virgil, a machinist in the U. S. Navy and Melvin Lee