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Thomas E Barket

Military

Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5ERS, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5ERS, 8AF USAAF. Killed following mid-air collision with B-24 42-50359 'TARFU' from Seething 13-Mar-45.

Awards: PH.

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-8496 'Galloping Catastrophe'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 5th ERS, 65FW, 8AF USAAF. Lost 13-Mar-45. Lt Thomas E Barket killed following mid-air collision with B-24 42-50359 'TARFU' from Seething.

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Florida, USA 27 July 1922

Son of Essie and Fudtha Barket.

Enlisted Jacksonville, FL, USA 18 September 1942
Based 12 November 1944 – 5 February 1945

Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Halesworth IP19, UK 1945 – 1945

Transferred to 5ERS, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK 1945 – 1945

Transferred to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Halesworth IP19, UK 5 February 1945 – 13 March 1945

Transferred to 5ERS, 8AF USAAF.

Died Seething, Norwich NR15, UK 13 March 1945

Killed in P-47 42-8496 following mid-air collision with B-24 42-50359 'TARFU' from Seething 13-Mar-45.

Buried Jacksonville, FL, USA 1946

Evergreen Cemetery
Jacksonville
Duval County
Florida, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2016 14:19:43 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Barket&Submit=Search
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Barket%2C+Thomas+...
https://www.fold3.com/page/84003507_thomas_e%20barket/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Barket&GSfn=Thomas...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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