If i remember correctly he was part of a team that sabotaged the Nazi's nucleur weapons programme by sinking a barge carrying heavy water in a Norwegian Fjord. The course of the war may well have been different if his team had failed. RIP.
I've particularly fond memories of Richard Baker. As I had an interest in newsreaders, many years ago my wife tried to get me a book he had written "Here is the News" as a birthday present, but it was out of print. She therefore wrote to him c/o the BBC and he very kindly sent a signed free copy with a personal note. A good read and it remains on our book shelf.
The news readers were not seen in the earliest bulletins as it was thought facial expressions might 'colour' the news being broadcast. Thankfully, that policy was quickly stopped and Richard Baker, Kenneth Kendall and Robert Dougall became familiar faces on our screens.
Dougall had been a news reader on the Home Service previously.
I was saddened to read this news a lttle earlier on the BBCi website.
Pete Shelley helped define the sound of the late 70's and early 80's and it's sad to read that he has been taken from us at such a relatively young age.
It's always hard to click the 'Like' button in these circumstances, but I do so in recognition to his contribution to the sounds of my youth.