Collection BAKER, TH - BAKER, Wing Commander Thomas Herbert (1913-2006)

Key Information

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BAKER, Wing Commander Thomas Herbert (1913-2006)


  • 1942-1958 (Creation)

Level of description



1 file or 0.01m3

Scope and content

Papers of Wing Commander Thomas Baker comprising: photocopy of POW log, 1942-1945, including 'The Diary of a Ranker', 1929-1945, detailing Baker's career in the RAF and movements as a POW; copy of letter of complaint at conditions in Stalag Luft III, photographs, sketches and cartoons, isometric diagram of cell; newspaper article showing his crashed plane, and farewell messages from fellow inmates; photocopy of flying log-books, Oct 1940-Nov 1941 and May 1945-Jan 1958. Also copy of obituary.

System of arrangement

In sections as above.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born 1913, Deolali, Bombay; educated at Portsmouth and Lancaster Grammar Schools; joined Royal Air Force 1921, serving in England, Egypt and Palestine; joined 90 Squadron, 1939; joined 107 Squadron, Jul 1940; joined 114 Squadron, Apr 1941; crashed and severely injured during raid against Schipol aerodrome, Amsterdam, 17 Apr 1942, hospitalised, Apr-Dec 1942; sent to Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Germany (now Zagan, Poland), Dec 1942; transferred to Stalag Luft XIIID, Nuremberg, Germany, Feb 1945, and Stalag VIIB, Moosburg, Mar 1945; liberated 29 Apr 1945; joined 210 Squadron; worked at Bomber Command and Royal Air Force Staff College; group navigation officer, Air Headquarters, Malta; administrator, Leeming airfield; retired, Jan 1958; died, Mar 2006.

Custodial history

Donated to the centre by the family, March 2007.

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, via the Archives.

Language of material

  • English
  • German

Script of material

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Existence and location of originals

Originals are retained by the family.

Off-campus collection

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Related materials

LHCMA WARD papers include photographs and diary entries made during his time in Stalag Luft III, 1942; LHCMA NELSON, TR, papers include articles, 1948, describing the escape from Stalag Luft III, 1942-1944; LIDDELL-HART 15/4/267, press cuttings relating to Stalag Luft III, 1939-1945.

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Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


Archivist's note

Entry compiled by Katharine Higgon

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