Gordon Stanley Baker's Air Force Story!

Gordon Stanley Baker was born July 7, 1921 in Kyle, Saskatchewan, the son of Nathaniel William an Louisa Amelia (Mills) Baker.

He had one younger sister Dorothy Aileen, and a much younger brother Alan McLeod.


Gordon Baker (Left) with first cousins Myrtle and Patricia Pinkerton (rear), Mildred Lonsdale (right) and his sister Dorothy (front) in 1927.

During World War II, on January 4, 1941, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Airforce as a pilot, attaining the rank of Flight Lieutenant. He completed 43 missions, the majority with the famed Pathfinders for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Quote from Gordon "The reaction to war being declared was one of gravity because I knew, probably more than many, the horrors of war. My father had been wounded at Vimy Ridge in the First World War and he told me about the lice, the mud, the mangling of bodies and minds but he also instilled in me that if your country calls you, you must defend it."

- Gordon Stanley Baker


Gordon Baker 1941

The following is the report on the awarding of the DFC.

BAKER, F/L Gordon Stanley (J29073) Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron
Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1921 in Matador, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted Saskatoon, 4 January 1941). Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 February 1943), No.2 EFTS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned August 1943. Award presented 18 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 16 April 1945 when he had flown 42 sorties (211 hours 32 minutes), 12 August 1944 to 14 April 1945.
The following is the list of sorties flown:
12 Aug 44
Falaise
30 Oct 44
Cologne
28 Dec 44
Munchen Gladbach
22 Mar 45
Dulmen
15 Aug 44
Volke
4 Nov 44
Bochum
30 Dec 44
Cologne
24 Mar 45
Sterkrade
25 Aug 44
Russelheim
6 Nov 44
Gelsenkirchen
1 Jan 45
Dortmund
25 Mar 45
Hannover
29 Aug 44
Stettin
8 Nov 44
Wanne Eickel
2 Jan 45
Nuremburg
11 Apr 45
Nuremburg
10 Sep 44
Le Havre
11 Nov 44
Dortmund
6 Jan 45
Hanau
13 Apr 45
Kiel
12 Sep 44
Stuttgart
16 Nov 44
Julich
1 Feb 45
Ludwigshaven
14 Apr 45
Potsdam
17 Sep 44
Westkapelle
18 Nov 44
Munster
9 Feb 45
Goch
 
20 Sep 44
Calais
21 Nov 44
Worms
13 Feb 45
Bohlen
 
12 Oct 44
Wanne Eickel
12 Dec 44
Essen
14 Feb 45
Chemnitz
 
14 Oct 44
Duisburg
15 Dec 44
Ludwigshaven
20 Feb 45
Monheim
 
15 Oct 44
Wilhelmshaven
23 Dec 44
Cologne
22 Feb 45
Duisburg
 
28 Oct 44
Cologne
27 Dec 44
Munchen Gladbach
19 Mar 45
Hanau
 

Gordon Baker with the DFC in April 1945

He married Mae Clark in December 1945 and raised a son Terry and daughter Bonnie. Gordon obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Saskatchewan and upon graduating he worked for the Saskatchewan Lands Branch as well as farming south of Kyle. He later took up farming full time until the spring of 1999, when he retired to live in Saskatoon.

Gordon is listed on the Kyle, Saskatchewan, Royal Canadian Legion's Honour Roll.


Kyle, Saskatchewan, Royal Canadian Legion Honour Roll

Gordon passed away December 13, 1999.


Page updated February 17, 2017