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Name: Thomas Charles Richmond Baker
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Military Medal (MM) with Bar
Country: Australia
Rank: Captain
Service: Australian Flying Corps
Units: 4 (AFC)
Victories: 12
Born: 02 May 1897
Place of Birth: Smithfield, New South Wales
Killed In Action: 04 November 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Buisseral
Cemetery: Escanaffles Communal Cemetery, Tournai, Hainaut, Belgium
A bank clerk from Adelaide, Thomas Charles Richmond Baker joined the army on 29 July 1915. After serving on the Western Front with the 6th Field Artillery Brigade, he transferred to the Australian Flying Corps in September 1917. In June 1918, he returned to France and was assigned to 4 Squadron, flying Sopwith Camels. Baker scored six victories before his squadron was re-equipped with the Sopwith Snipe. Promoted to flight commander, he was credited with six more victories in October 1918 but was killed in action the following month. He was 21 years old.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Thomas Charles Richmond Baker, M.M. (Australian F.C.). (FRANCE)
   This officer has carried out some forty low flying raids on hostile troops, aerodromes, etc., and has taken part in numerous offensive patrols; he has, in addition, destroyed eight hostile machines. In all these operations he has shown exceptional initiative and dash, never hesitating to lead his formation against overwhelming odds, nor shrinking from incurring personal danger.
   (M.M. gazetted 19th February, 1917.)
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 31 Jul 1918 1135 4 (AFC) Sopwith Camel (E1482) Fokker D.VII (OOC) SW of Estaires
2 07 Aug 1918 1405 4 (AFC) Sopwith Camel (E1482) Albatros D.V (DES) S of Laventie
3 24 Aug 1918 1530 4 (AFC) Sopwith Camel (E1482) Balloon (DES) NE of Estaires
4 30 Aug 1918 0615 4 (AFC) Sopwith Camel (E1482) DFW C (DES) E of Laventie
5 01 Oct 1918 0810 4 (AFC) Sopwith Camel (E1482) Albatros C (DES) Habourdin
6 02 Oct 1918 0750 4 (AFC) Sopwith Camel (E1482) Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Fromelles
7 26 Oct 1918 1545 4 (AFC) Sopwith Snipe (E8069) Fokker D.VII (OOC) E of Tournai
8 28 Oct 1918 1200 4 (AFC) Sopwith Snipe (E8092) Fokker D.VII (DES) SE of Tournai
9 28 Oct 1918 1455 4 (AFC) Sopwith Snipe (E8092) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Ath
10 28 Oct 1918 1500 4 (AFC) Sopwith Snipe (E8069) Fokker D.VII (DES) Ath
11 29 Oct 1918 1610 4 (AFC) Sopwith Snipe (E8092) Fokker D.VII (DES) Marcourt-Tournai
12 30 Oct 1918 1455 4 (AFC) Sopwith Snipe (E8065) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Leuze
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