Werner Baake
Hauptmann

Werner Baake

    Werner Baake was born on 1 November 1918 at Nordhausen in Harz. Baake was posted to I./NJG 1, based at Gilze-Rijen in Holland, on 21 November 1942. On the night of 11/12 June 1943, he claimed his first two victories. Baake claimed three victories on the night 22/23 June. By the end of August 1943, Baake was serving with 3./NJG 1 based at Venlo in Holland. He had increased his tally to 23 by the end of 1943. On 22 January 1944, Baake was appointed Staffelkapitän of 2./NJG 1. He shot down a RAF Lancaster four-engine bomber over the Urft Dam on the night 27/28 January to record his 24th victory. However, Baake’s Bf 110 G-4 (W.Nr. 740 062) “G9 + ML” had been hit by return fire in this engagement. He and his crew baled out. Baake survived unharmed but his Bordfunker Uffz. Waldbauer was killed. Oberleutnant Baake was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 27 July for 33 victories. Baake was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I./NJG 1 on 2 October 1944, succeeding Major Paul Förster (8 victories) who had been killed on 1 October. He claimed three victories on the night of 5/6 January 1945. Post-war, Baake was a flight captain with Lufthansa. He was killed in an aircraft accident at Heilsbronn on 15 July 1964.
    Werner Baake was credited with 41 victories from 195 missions. All his victories were recorded at night and include 37 four-engine bombers and one RAF Mosquito. At least nine victories achieved when he flew He 219A.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
12.6.1943
1:10
Wellington 1./NJG 1 1km NE Neerschoten: 5.500m
2
12.6.1943
2:43
Halifax 1./NJG 1 5km NW Gorinchem: 5.000m
3
17.6.1943
0:59
Lancaster 1./NJG 1 Neerpelt Krs. Limburg: at 7.000m
4
22.6.1943
1:30
Wellington 1./NJG 1 3km SW Bergeyk: 5.000m / Wellington (HZ520), RAF
5
22.6.1943
1:37
Halifax 1./NJG 1 3km S Uden: 3.000m
6
23.6.1943
0:55
Lancaster 1./NJG 1 15km ESE Utrecht: 6.800m
7
23.6.1943
1:38
Lancaster 1./NJG 1 3km SW Beuningen: 6.000m
8
23.6.1943
1:53
Halifax 1./NJG 1 6km NW Utrecht: 5.500m
9
25.6.1943
1:10
Wellington 1./NJG 1 Driel: 6.000m
10
14.7.1943
1:30
Halifax 1./NJG 1 3km SE Dinter: 5.000m
11
24.8.1943
2:18
Lancaster 1./NJG 1 05 Ost S / FJ-86c: 5.200m
12
28.8.1943
2:10
Stirling 1./NJG 1 20km W Augsburg: 3.500m
13
28.8.1943
2:15
Stirling 1./NJG 1 25km NW Nürnburg: 3.500m
14
31.8.1943
23:25
Stirling 3./NJG 1  SW Lemmer: 4.500m
15
31.8.1943
23:30
Halifax 3./NJG 1 16km S Antwerp: 4.200m
16
1.9.1943
0:59
Lancaster 3./NJG 1 bei Hennigsdorf: 6.000m
17
6.9.1943
0:15
Halifax 3./NJG 1 8km Germersheim: 4.500m 
18
6.9.1943
2:00
Lancaster 3./NJG 1 5km E Kaiserslautern: 4.500m
19
27.9.1943
22:40
Lancaster 3./NJG 1 4km N Quakenbrück: 4.000m
20
3.11.1943
19:13
Lancaster 3./NJG 1 bei Helmond: 6.500m
21
3.11.1943
19:36
Lancaster 3./NJG 1 bei Essen: 5.800m
22
20.12.1943
19:00
Lancaster 3./NJG 1 Föuron-St. Pierre: 5.500m / Lancaster II (DS758) “EQ-H” of 408 Sqn, RAF
23
20.12.1943
21:00
Halifax 3./NJG 1 NW Eindhoven: 3.200m
24
27.1.1944
22:50
Lancaster 2./NJG 1 16km SW Aachen
25
11.4.1944
23:37
Lancaster 2./NJG 1 100km W Haarlem
26
25.4.1944
0:26
Lancaster 2./NJG 1 Loop op Zand-Tilburh: 5.400m
27
25.4.1944
2:18
Halifax 2./NJG 1 bei Werkendam: 6.000m
28
4.5.1944
0:20
B-17 2./NJG 1 50km W Venlo: 6.400m / not confirmed?
29
6.5.1944
23:35
Mosquito 2./NJG 1 1km NE Herkendorf: 8.000m
30
7.5.1944
0:09
B-17 2./NJG 1 W Venlo: 7.500m / not confirmed?
31
12.5.1944
0:42
Lancaster 2./NJG 1 28km NE Huckhofen: no height
32
23.5.1944
1:14
Lancaster 2./NJG 1 SW Neerpelt
33
17.6.1944
1:10
Halifax 2./NJG 1 Eeindhoven: 5.500m
34
22.6.1944
1:22
Lancaster 2./NJG 1 W Aachen at 5.300m
35
22.6.1944
1:46
Lancaster 2./NJG 1 W Aachen at 5.200m
36
4.11.1944
19:36
Halifax Stab I./NJG 1 8km NW Mettingen
37
6.11.1944
19:23
Lancaster Stab I./NJG 1 12km SE Doetinchen
38
24.12.1944
18:50
Lancaster Stab I./NJG 1 -
39
5.1.1945
19:05
Halifax Stab I./NJG 1 50km N Emden
40
5.1.1945
19:12
Halifax Stab I./NJG 1 80km N Emden
41
5.1.1945
19:44
Halifax Stab I./NJG 1 50km W Hanover

Victories : 41
Awards : Ehrenpokal (6 September 1943)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (16 January 1944)
                Ritterkreuz (27 July 1944)
Units : NJG 1

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