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Herbert Morris Baber

Herbert Morris Baber

                         Name: Herbert Morris Baber

                         Branch of Service: U.S. Army Air Forces

                         Unit: 385 Bomb Gr., 548 Bomb Squadron

                         Rank: Tech Sgt

                         Dates of Service: 9/22/1942-10/12/1945

                         Theater of Service: European-African-                          Middle Eastern

Technical Sergeant Herbert Baber was a prisoner of war of Germany during WWII.  Herbert was the engineer and top turret gunner of B-17 42-3488 "Weinder's Weiltcast of the 385th Bomb Group. War records list him as captured in December 1943 when his B-17 was hit with flak during a bombing raid on Emden, Germany.  Herbert escaped the bomber by parachute just before the plane crashed near Groningen, Germany.  Two of the bomber's 10 crew members were killed in action.  Baber received a shrapnel wound to his right leg during the flight, and the plane's crew was listed missing in action from December 11, 1943 - May 2, 1945.  Records show that Baber and surviving crew members were captured by the Germans shortly after their plane crashed, and they were taken to Stalag Luft III near Sagan, Silesia (now Poland).  Baber and other American POWs at this Stalag were repatriated to the United States on 12 June 1945.

(Source: National Archives and Records Administration, World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1946; Camp 033)

Herbert Morris Baber was born October 11, 1922, in Hatton, Virginia; Herbert was the son of George J. Baber and Mary Lee (Gentry) Baber of Albemarle County, Virginia.  Herbert passed away on March 23, 1973, in the VA Hospital in Richmond, Virginia; he is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Henrico County, Virginia.

Herbert Morris Baber Gravestone, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Henrico Co., VA

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