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Joseph S Barnes

Military

KIA in B17F 41-24469 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Participated in mission of 3 January 1943 to submarine yards at St. Nazaire, France that was successful but this was one of 3 planes of the 306th forced to land at RAF Station St. Eval, Cornwall. Planes were weatherbound for 3 days there.

Service

Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24469

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 16-Aug-42; Thurleigh 2-Oct-42; on return from St Nazaire 3-Jan-43 landed RAF St Eval, Cornwall. Next day on t/o for Thurleigh, Bed. in poor weather crashed into the Celtic Sea near RAF St. Eval 7-Jan-43. 10KIS No MACR...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Killed on Mission (KOM) Saint Eval, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27, UK 7 January 1943

Killed when aircraft crashed into the Celtic Sea near RAF St. Eval while attempting to return to Thurleigh.

Commemorated Neupré, Belgium 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Ardennes American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 22:02:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 18-Jan-2015. Added SN, decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; Added crew position and minor edits to Description; KOM event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 21:51:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to suffix
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Jan-2015. Corrected crew position placement.

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 21:50:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to suffix, service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Jan-2015. Added SN, decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; Added crew position and minor edits to Description; KOM event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology Supplement, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey Vol. 1 p. 62, 306th BG Squadron Diaries 1942-45 p. 8 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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