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Richard I Barrett

Military

Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. 3 x missions. Credited with 1 x air kill and 1 x ground kill. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Hamm. After strafing Vörden aerodrome, possibly hit by flak crashed near Vörden on 26-Nov-44 in P-51D 'Purple Shaft' 44-14167. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10538.

Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME, Korean and UN medals.

Post War: Remained in USAF, serving in Korea.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 338th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-14167 'Purple Shaft'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Peter Dempsey. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Hamm. Strafing Vorden aerodrome, possibly hit by flak. 26-Nov-44 - Lt Richard I Barrett POW. MACR 10538.

  • 44-15022 'Purple Shaft'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Richard I Barrett. Transferred to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Hamm, A/C slipped out of formation losing 8,000 ft, possibly as a result of Annoxia and...

Associated Place

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Montgomery County, PA, USA 30 January 1922
Lived in Fairfield, CT, USA 1941
Enlisted Philadelphia, PA, USA 17 February 1941
Based Wormingford 3 September 1944 – 26 November 1944

Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed Air 98617 Meiningen, Germany 11 September 1944

Bf109 destroyed Sth Meiningen 11-Sep-44.

Promoted Wormingford, Colchester CO6, UK 23 October 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Shot down Vörden, 37696 Marienmünster, Germany 26 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Hamm. After strafing Vernen aerodrome, possibly hit by flak crashed near Vörden on 26-Nov-44 in P-51D 'Purple Shaft' 44-14167. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10538.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 26 November 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

E/A Destroyed Ground Vörden, 37696 Marienmünster, Germany 26 November 1944

Fw190 destroyed (ground) Vörden A/F 26-Nov-44.

Died Virginia, USA 27 July 2012
Buried Dublin, VA 24084, USA August 2012

Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery
Dublin
Pulaski County
Virginia, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2016 11:55:53 Al_Skiff Changes to awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Barrett&Submit=Se...
https://www.fold3.com/page/85206874_richard_i%20barrett/details/
http://www.station131.co.uk/55th/Pilots/338th%20Pilots/Barrett%20Richard...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Barrett&GSfn=Richa...

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2016 11:53:08 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography and events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Barrett&Submit=Se...
https://www.fold3.com/page/85206874_richard_i%20barrett/details/
http://www.station131.co.uk/55th/Pilots/338th%20Pilots/Barrett%20Richard...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Barrett&GSfn=Richa...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 10538 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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