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A VERY FINE TOUR” THE STORY OF Ft. Lt. GEOFFREY FRANCIS BAKER - DFC and BAR WW2 BOMBER COMMAND PILOT

The Story of Geoffrey Francis Baker Page 4. Table of Contents SYNOPSIS .............................................................................................................................................. 5 HOW I MET GEOFF BAKER .................................................................................................................... 7 THE PRE-WAR PERIOD .......................................................................................................................... 9 THE WAR PERIOD ................................................................................................................................ 10 TRAINING IN AUSTRALIA ................................................................................................................. 10 TRAINING IN THE U.K. ..................................................................................................................... 13 READY FOR WAR ............................................................................................................................. 14 THE SQUADRON 467 ....................................................................................................................... 14 THE SQUADRON 463 ....................................................................................................................... 18 THE SQUADRON 97 - THE PATH FINDER FORCE .............................................................................. 21 THE END OF OPERATIONS ............................................................................................................... 28 DECORATIONS AND AWARDS ......................................................................................................... 28 PROMOTIONS FOR GEOFF BAKER ................................................................................................... 30 SUMMARY OPERATIONAL FLYING DATA ......................................................................................... 30 OVERALL SUMMARY ....................................................................................................................... 32 THE POST-WAR PERIOD ..................................................................................................................... 33 THE AIRMEN OF BOMBER COMMAND............................................................................................ 33 THE BOMBER COMMAND WAR MEMORIAL ................................................................................... 34 CONCLUSION .................................................................................................................................. 35 TIME SCALE OF MAJOR EVENTS .......................................................................................................... 36 APPENDIX 1 - OFFICIAL PHOTOS OF GEOFF BAKER ............................................................................. 37 APPENDIX 2 – AVRO LANCASTER SPECIFICATIONS.............................................................................. 39 APPENDIX 3 - DUTIES PRIOR TO TAKE-OFF.......................................................................................... 40 APPENDIX 4 - INDIVIDUAL TASKS WITHIN SQ 97 THE PATHFINDER FORCE(PFF)................................. 40 APPENDIX 5 – ONE OF THE STORIES GEOFF TOLD ME ........................................................................ 43 APPENDIX 6 – LOG BOOK EXTRACTS ................................................................................................... 44 APPENDIX 7 – OTHER RELATED DOCUMENTS ..................................................................................... 45 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ....................................................................................................................... 48
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