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Vernon N Barto


Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed tour of duty (ETD).

Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME, Korean and UN medals.

Postwar: Remained in USAF, serving in Korea and rising to Captain.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 504th Fighter Squadron


  • 44-14011 'Lou 'N Sue'

    P-51 Mustang
    Captain Gilbert flew low over the base and at the far western edge of the field the plane went into a half roll for reasons unknown. The plane struck the ground in this attitude, upside down, destroying the airplane and killing the pilot.

  • 44-14321 'Barbara'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 504FS,339FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Frank D Guernsey. Belly Landing due to Engine Failure Church Farm, Wendy Cat 4 damage Lt Vernon N Barto, 5-Feb-45.

Associated Place

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...


Event Location Date
Born Illinois, USA 30 September 1922

Son of Mikel J and Leona J Barto.

Lived in DePue, IL, USA 1941
Enlisted Peoria, IL, USA 19 November 1942
Based Fowlmere 25 October 1944 – 25 April 1945

Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Fowlmere, Royston SG8, UK 11 January 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed Wendy, Royston SG8, UK 5 February 1945

Belly Landing due to Engine Failure Church Farm, Wendy Cat 4 damage 1st Lt Vernon N Barto, 5-Feb-45.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 25 April 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Crashed McClellan Park, CA, USA 17 December 1945

Taxiing Accident McClellan Field, CA Cat 3 damage 1st Lt Vernon N Barto, 17-Dec-45.

P-47N 44-89021 6th Ferry Sqn

Buried Spring Valley, IL 61362, USA July 1971

Valley Memorial Park
Spring Valley
Bureau County
Illinois, USA

Died Illinois, USA 5 July 1971


Date Contributor Update
28 September 2016 11:49:04 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:25 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Unit History