BAKER, James

Service Number: 402700
Enlisted: 12 October 1940
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 2 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia, 6 September 1919
Home Town: Lithgow, Lithgow, New South Wales
Schooling: Lithgow High School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Grocer
Died: Prisoner of War - Executed by the Japanese, Laha, Ambon Island, Netherlands East Indies, 20 February 1942, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Ambon Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, SN 402700
12 Oct 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force
6 Feb 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 402700, No. 2 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SE Asia 1941-45

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Following the Japanese invasion of Ambon Island a group of RAAF personnel working in support of Gull Force were captured trying to escape to Ceram. They were executed by the Japanese at Laha between the 6th and 20th of February 1942

Post-war their bodies were located in a mass grave; four individuals were positively identified and are buried in Ambon War Cemetery with the remaining seven commemorated on the Ambon Memorial to the missing

Positively identified; buried in Ambon War Cemetery with official date of death 6 of February 1942

Wing Commander Scott 250101

Flying Officer Verey 261029

Corporal Gaskin 16645

Aircraftman Evans 37304

Group burial; commemorated on the Ambon Memorial with official date of death 20 February 1942

Squadron Leader Anderson 253

Flight Lieutenant White 260624

Leading Aircraftman Walker 27521

Sergeant Read 406222

Aircraftman Harris 24987

Flight Sergeant Baker 402700

Flying Officer Meyer 290745