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Rex O Barker


On 8 Nov 1942, on first mission, B-17F 41-24570 "Panhandle Doggie" 91BG/323BS suffered severe damage on the mission to bomb the German airfield Abbeville/Drucat but plane returned with all crew and was salvaged. He was serving as Radio Operator on that aircraft. The navigator and bombardier were wounded.

Killed in Action 3 January 1943 in B-17F 42-5084 'Panhandle Doggie' 91BG/323BS while serving as Radio Operator Aircraft received severe damage from flak over the target of St. Nazaire, France and crashed into the sea near Belle Ile-en-Mer, France. His remains have never been recovered.


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24570 Panhandle Doggie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24570 "Panhandle Doggie" Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR- ] Bangor 10-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 11-Oct-42; damaged on first mission Abbeville 8-Nov-42 limped back to base, and became a Hangar Queen; Salvaged BD 27-Nov-42 10RTD. ...

  • 42-5084 Panhandle Doggie II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-5084 'Panhandle Doggie II" 91BG/323BS [OR- ] Bassingbourn 14-Dec-42. This is the second aicraft so named by the pilot. Delivered Tulsa 16-Sep-42; New Castle 10-Oct-42; Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43 hit by intense flak, crashed off L...


  • VIII Bomber Command 17

    8 November 1942
    Two Primary (P) targets are the objects of this mission: the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France and the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille, France. 91BG despatches 15 B-17s to Abbeville and 301BG and 306BG despatch a combined...

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Michigan
Killed in Action (KIA) Belle Île, France 3 January 1943

Killed when aircraft was severely damaged by flak over the target of St. Nazaire, France and crashed into the sea near Belle Ile-en-Mer, France.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
14 January 2015 14:34:03 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Combined two entries into a single entry. This record now includes information from the following source: MACR 2286 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database.

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2015 22:08:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to events

Lee Cunningham 9-Jan-2015. Added Commeoration event per Amercian Battle Monumnet Commission (ABMC) Record.

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2015 22:05:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography

Lee Cunningham 9-Jan-2015. Crafted biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2015 22:02:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, role, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 9-Jan-2015. Added decorations and Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMG) record; added SN per MACR 2286; Added crew positionper "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE. COMBINED data from a duplicate entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:19 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2286, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 44, 60