Hank Baker bottom row, third from left, and his Army Air Force Unit during World War II
Image scanned & shared by my niece Jessica Baker
An interesting story about my dad is that although his papers now indicate that his name was Henry Albert, his actual name was merely H. A., and people called him Hank. When he joined the military, he was told that he had to have a “real” name–a first and middle and last name–and not mere initials. One of my dad’s grandfathers had been named Henry and one had been named Albert; and surely that is what the initials H. A. represented; therefore, when my dad joined the army, he became Henry Albert.
While in the Army Air Force, my dad flew on a B-17 aircraft and served as its radio operator.
The United States Army Air Force was a military branch that followed the Army Air Corps and preceded the separate United States Air Force. The Army Air Force was a division of the army. Following is what my mother said about the years that my dad spent in the military.
From the Memoir of Laura Mae Dunscombe Baker,
Born December 6, 1926
Recorded by Jacki Kellum, Born 1950
If you have read other of this series of posts, you will remember that my mother actually said what I will share–[that is not in square brackets]:
Copyright Jacki Kellum October 22, 2015
As I have also said before, I have begun a 3-Way Memoir, where I’ll record some of my mother’s responses to some questions that I asked about her life. I hope to have the memoir published for my mother’s 90th birthday on December 6, 2016. It will be my grandmother’s story, my mother’s story, and mine–all told about our lives in the now very dusty and boarded-shut Bootheel of Southeast Missouri.
You can find excerpts from that memoir in various places on my blog, by searching:
What My Mother Said, Calico Cotton, Cotton Child, and When Cotton Was King
Read More about the upcoming book: https://jackikellum.wordpress.com/2015/10/17/it-is-time-for-the-world-to-hear-from-3-strong-women-from-the-missouri-bootheel/
All Rights Reserved
]The United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) was the military aviation arm of the United States of America between 1926 and 1941. The statutory administrative forerunner of the United States Air Force, it was renamed from the earlier United States Army Air Service on 2 July 1926 and part of the larger United States Ar
my. The Air Corps was the immediate predecessor of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), established on 20 June 1941. Although discontinued as an administrative echelon during World War II, the Air Corps (AC) remained as one of the combat arms of the Army until 1947, when it was legally abolished by legislation establishing a United States Department of Defense consisting of a Department of the Army (formerly the War Department), Department of the Navy and Department of the Air Force. Wikipedia