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Thomas H Barton

Military

newly assigned May 1944

Service

Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 339th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102653

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Kearney 14/4/44; Grenier 27/4/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-A] Snetterton 1/5/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Tom Barton 21/6/44; Salvaged 1/7/44.

  • 42-3518 Lady Lillian

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/7/43; Rapid City 10/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 9/9/43; transferred RCM 803BS Sculthorpe /44; damaged by PB4Y explosion on APH mission 12-8-44; Salvaged 14/11/44. ...

  • 42-39824

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 11/9/43; Scott 27/9/43; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 4/11/43; Aphrodite Project, hit by Flak and crashed on secondary target Herford, Germany, 5/12/44. Command crew Lts T H Barton & F E Bruno baled out over UK. 5/12/44.

Missions

  • 361

    22 May 1944
    From diary of Lt. David W. Leblanc: "Was up at four for a mission to Kiel, Germany. I went as first pilot and Rocky as my co-pilot. Every thing went along swell except at target. Flack was moderate but extremely accurate. Two ships in the lead squadron...

  • 364

    23 May 1944

  • 370

    25 May 1944
    First mission. Up at 5:00 AM and back at 11:00. Good hit on marshaling yards. Our plane was hit but no-one in our crew was hit.

  • 376

    28 May 1944

  • 379

    29 May 1944
    Mission #2. The target was an aircraft assembly plant. Flak was exceedingly heavy. We were in the air 7-1/2 hours.

  • 385

    2 June 1944

  • 388

    3 June 1944

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 395

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 400

    8 June 1944
    Mission #7 - Bombed the railway yards in Tours, France. Long ride (7 hours).

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Associated Place

  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Enlisted Houston, TX, USA 29 May 1942
Based Snetterton Heath

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2016 18:39:56 Rebecca Barton Lutz Changes to media associations
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daughter, Rebecca Barton Lutz

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2015 22:46:06 Rebecca Barton Lutz Changes to mission associations
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Daughter Rebecca Barton Lutz

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2014 03:06:20 Rebecca Barton Lutz Changes to awards
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Daughter

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2014 23:57:54 Rebecca Barton Lutz Changes to service number
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Daughter

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26 October 2014 18:27:15 Rebecca Barton Lutz Changes to events
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Daughter

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26 October 2014 18:25:32 Rebecca Barton Lutz Changes to events
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Daughter

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26 October 2014 18:20:21 Rebecca Barton Lutz Changes to events
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Daughter

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26 October 2014 18:17:44 Rebecca Barton Lutz Changes to service number
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Daughter

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15 October 2014 03:20:00 Rebecca Barton Lutz Changes to awards
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Daughter

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15 October 2014 03:16:30 Rebecca Barton Lutz Changes to events
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Daughter

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2014 22:32:08 Rebecca Barton Lutz Changes to events
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Daughter

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2014 22:16:46 Rebecca Barton Lutz Changes to unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Daughter

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2014 20:55:05 Rebecca Barton Lutz Changes to highest rank
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Daughter

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:56 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit history; Snetterton Falcons, pg 149

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