Offutt lab IDs MIA Medal of Honor recipient from 1943 raid on 'Hitler's Gas Station'

Forensic anthropologists at Offutt Air Force Base have identified the remains of a missing World War II pilot who earned the Medal of Honor for his role in a spectacular 1943 raid on German oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania.

Baker, 36, of Akron, Ohio, piloted Hell’s Wench, the lead aircraft in a wave of 32 B-24D Liberators from the 93rd Bomb Group that flew at treetop level to attack the oil complex known as “Hitler’s Gas Station” — deep in enemy-held territory.
 

Medal of Honor Pilot Accounted For From World War II (Baker, A.)

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Air Forces Lt. Col. Addison E. Baker, 36, of Chicago, killed during World War II and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, was accounted for April 8, 2022.

WORLD WAR II MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT’S BODY IDENTIFIED AFTER 80 YEARS IN MASS GRAVE

For almost 80 years, the body of pilot Lt. Col. Addison Earl Baker lay in a mass grave in Romania; he’d been killed in a doomed air raid in an overlooked corner of World War II. In a bomber called Hell’s Wench, he led a flight of B-24 Liberators in 1943 and died when he refused to turn back despite grievous damage to the plane.