John A. Baker

Baker, John A., is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Captain John A. Baker distinguished himself by extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Navigator of an AC-47 aircraft over Southeast Asia on February 14, 1966. On that date, Captain Baker located a truck convoy of hostile forces stalled on a road. Employing outstanding gunnery tactics, the crew set the last truck of the convoy on fire, thus blocking the entire convoy. Although faced with adverse weather, mountainous terrain and intense anti-aircraft fire, the crew continued to press the attack. As a result of the attack, thirteen (13) vehicles were destroyed and and fourteen (14) were damaged. The professional competence, aerial skill and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Baker reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. ———————————————————————————————————– Captain John A. Baker is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (1st Oak Leaf Cluster). Captain John A. Baker distinguished himself by extraordinary achievement as an AC-47 Navigator in a classified forward operating area, Republic of Vietnam on April 2, 1966. On that night Captain Baker and his crew were flying an armed reconnaissance mission in the ‚ÄúTiger Hound‚Äù sector, where they engaged an infiltrating hostile truck convoy. Despite a low ceiling, limited visibility, thunderstorms and hostile ground firepower; Captain Baker and his crew’s low level strafing passes successfully neutralized the target elements. The professional competence, aerial skill and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Baker reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.