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Last Name:Baker
First Name:Addison
Middle Initial:E.
Home State:Ohio
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Year or Date died:8/1/1943
Branch of service:Air Forces
Location(s) served:Rumania
Where buried?:American Florence Cemetery
What did you learn with this action?:I learned about a very brave and determined man named Addison Baker who risked his life for this country. I learned about a man who put other lives in front of his own when he could have probably saved his own life. Addison Baker led the 93rd Bombardment Group on an attack mission against enemy oil refineries and installations at Ploesti, Rumania. On this mission his aircraft was hit by large caliber antiaircraft shells which caused the aircraft to be seriously damaged and to catch on fire. This happened right before they were nearing the target. When he was hit he could have landed the plane in safe terrain, but instead he continued to complete the attack and not mess up the lead formation, and fail the mission. His group pushed forward and he led them to the target. They succeeded in dropping the bombs on the enemy. After the bombs were dropped he left the formation in attempt to gain more altitude so his men could parachute out the aircraft, but he was unable to do so. The aircraft ended up crashing in flames.
What inspired you about this individual to do something in your life to make a difference?:Addison Baker inspired me in many ways. He inspired me by his bravery, his determination, his leadership, and his selfless attitude. This man made a decision to continue a mission when he knew he would be risking his own life and the lives of his crewmen. He did this because he knew he needed to for this country and our freedom. How selfless this man was amazes me. He was a leader who was determined and even though his aircraft was in flames, he was going to continue and not jeopardize the rest of the formation and attack on account of himself. I want to have the qualities this man had. I want to be a selfless leader who makes a difference and always puts the needs of others before myself. I want to be fearless in the things I do, even if it means jeopardizing my own life or life situations. That is such an easy thing to say and not do, but I hope to have the determination and selflessness of Addison Baker.
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