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Crash site of Spitfire EN559
20/10/1943

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Unit: 485 Squadron
Aircraft: Spitfire
Code: EN559
Base: Hornchurch
Mission: Vitry (F)
Crew officer: F/O BAKER, RONALD LAVENDER
Incident: Collided during combat with Spitfire JK762 (485 Sqd - F/O Thompson)

Location: (Prov. West-Vlanderen)

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Facts

Flying Officer Ronald Lavender Baker no NZ 391337 485 squadron Son of Albert Victor Baker and Sarah Christina Baker nee Tod, of Wellington City, NZ; Husband of Margaret Gwenda Baker, nee Hughes, of Khandallah, Wellington Circumstances of death; took off at 0905 hrs from Hornchurch, Essex, England in a Spitfire LF. IX EN559 as Blue 2. The Spitfire was brought down during an engagement with enemy fighters over Belgium near Ostend, crashing near Eernegem, 12 km SE of Ostend. At the time of his death Ronald Baker was with the 485 squadron RNZAF, Fighter Command. At the time of his death he was on his 204th operation.
This was Baker's third operation with the Squadron, the others being undertaken with 79, 247, and 73 squadrons RAF The 485 Sqn Operational Diary kept by F/O Vandyk during the war records more detail then the Operation Record




Sources:
Facebook 485 NZ Squad
The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
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