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The unit consisted of three squadrons (E, K and H) and the Assault Detachment under the command of Major Mervyn Sydney Bobus Vernon (1912–1991) of the Grenadier Guards.
Baker joined E squadron, which was headed by Major Hugh Fraser.
Baker's group of three passed themselves off as French prisoners and joined a work party which was sent out of the prison camp to collect firewood on the morning of 7 November.
When the party got to the wood they broke away and started walking west.
The squadron's role was to carry out long-range reconnaissance, which it did initially from Taranto.
Baker, with a small team, drove an unarmoured and lightly-armed jeep up to a hundred miles from the forward base to discover the location of German troops.
The three had got 60 km away from their camp after two days, when they were detected by a German soldier, and failed in their bluff of being 'Men of confidence' (who were trusted to take charge of other prisoners of war).
Peter Arthur David Baker MC (20 April 1921 – 14 November 1966) was a British soldier, author, publisher and Conservative politician who served as a member of parliament (MP) for South Norfolk.
He is chiefly remembered as the last Member of Parliament to be expelled from the House of Commons. In fact, it was only used on one occasion by his ancestors, in June 1744 for a quiet wedding.
Neave was given permission provided Baker remained in his British Army uniform and did not leave the safe house.
where they crossed in a canoe, and eventually made contact with the Resistance, the same canoe was used to bring out Dutch diplomat Herman van Roijen (later Dutch foreign minister) with critical intelligence information for his government in exile.