M.--- 2nd Officer   John Robert Baker
 flag england   b. 26 Jun 1915, London  26 Sep 1941 to Nov-41

 

ata john baker 1938

1938

 ata john baker ATA    

 

prev. an electrician for the Borough of Stepney from 1932

prev. exp 25 hrs solo

L/AC in RAF 22 May - 4 Oct 1940. His 'reference' from them to the ATA says "After being reported extremely backward this ex-pupil was tested on 29th Aug 1940 after 5 hours dual on Oxfords, when it was found that he was definitely below average and completely lacking in air sense. His reactions were extremely slow, flying rough, cockpit drill hazy and judgement bad. He was therefore withdrawn from flying training. It is considered that this ex-pupil is entirely unsuited for the work of a Ferry Pilot".

Even his ATA flying test reported him as "keen, but painfully slow at times" and "very lacking in common sense".

Nevertheless, he was taken on as a Cadet.

 ... And died a few weeks later, in a flying accident.


Miles M.2H Hawk Major G ACYO W.Waltham 03.06.53

d. 20 Nov 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - Miles Hawk Major DP848 (ex G-AENS) on training cross-country flight ran out of fuel and hit hill nr Priddy Wells Somerset in bad visibility.

 

 


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